The Allyship Journey- Where are you in the allyship continuum?
Empowering girls and women needs engaging boys and men
Structural sexism, over the years has led to conscious and unconscious male privilege at Indian workplaces. Research at the University of Kent, published by GR de Mourza, shows that “By not fully recognizing leadership potential in female candidates, organizations are inhibiting the prospects of half their talent.”
Unfortunately, most conversations around equity for women, end up being women talking to women. Prof Kimmel, author and distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies at New York’s Stony Brook University, who has spent his career studying men and masculinity, says the absence of men in gender discussions is a problem.
“We cannot fully empower women and girls without engaging boys and men. We know this to be true. The question is then, how do we get men engaged in this conversation?”, asks Kimmel.
Conversation With Vijaykrishnan Venkatesan
MD, Kennametal India
Our first conversation with an engaged Ally and keen Advocate.
Welcome to this conversation in our series Women and We Men.
At Parity, we are convinced that it is imperative for men to be committed to gender parity and play the role of Advocates in both their personal and professional life spaces. This, we believe, will fast track the gender parity agenda in our country.
In this video, Vijaykrishnan Venkatesan – MD, Kennametal India talks to Kalpana Tatavarti – Founder, Parity Consulting about his experiences as a leader, father of a daughter and one half of a dual career couple. He shares some decisions he has taken, what he has learnt along the way and how he navigates this space as a committed Ally and Advocate.
Claim Your Space
Only the privileged few can be heard. Only the privileged few have a platform. Whether in our homes or offices, the living room or the board room – even in the supposedly open world of the internet, the minorities lack a voice.
This International Women’s Day, Parity is opening its platform to showcase ambitious women and their male Allies – people who believe in equitable opportunities, balanced voices.