National Transgender EmploymentMela 2023 Bridging D&I Gaps For Corporate Sector In India
Over 200 trans candidates attended the event at The Lalit in New Delhi
Tweet Foundation and InHarmony in association with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) and the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), hosted the ‘National Transgender Employment Mela 2023’ on Friday,March 10th, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Lalit, New Delhi to bring corporate employers and transgender community on single platform to ‘fast-track’ transgender employment in India. The prime focus of the event was to sensitise the corporate world on transgender person’s employment needs & bridge the ‘D&I’ gaps through increased trans employment in the corporate sector across India.
Over 200 trans candidates attended the event, including about 125 candidates who were screened and shortlisted by Tweet and InHarmony. The overall focus was to get several ‘on the spot’ recruitments for deserving transgender candidates, sinc there were ‘interviews’ conducted by leading companies at their respective stalls set up in a separate area. Publicis Sapient was the Platinum Sponsor while Tata Steel, EY Foundation and Suez India Pvt. Ltd. signed up as Gold Sponsors. In addition, companies such as Mahindra Logistics, K.Raheja Corp, Tulsea, Publicis Sapient, Godrej Properties, Tata Steel, Accenture, Varun Beverages, Thompson Reuters, Roop Auto, and many more participated in the recruitment drive.
The event hosted some crucial and thought-provoking panel discussions, human libraries and no and knowledge on topics related to trans inclusion at workplaces. It also showcased amazing performances by talented transgender artists through songs, poetry, and dance. Theevent was supported by prominent community & placement partners such as The Humsafar Trust, lalRWS, Basera, Samavesh, Lakshya Trust, Kinner, Solidarity Foundation, BeUnic, Periferry and social development partners like UNAIDS, UNDP, ILO, The Keshav Suri Foundation and EY Foundation.
Dr R. Giriraj, Director NISD says, “In any progressive society, respecting the identity and dignity of one and all is very important. While there is law in place to prohibit the discrimination of transgender persons at educational establishments, workplaces and healthcare services, they still face discrimination on the ground. The feeling of Sabka Sath, Sabka Prayas is possible only when all the important amenities reach everyone. This Trans Employment Mela will strengthen the systems in a robust manner to prepare for anotherleap in the future. It will give an opportunity to trans persons to live their life with respect and in a dignified manner which ultimately promotes inclusivity in society. It will also make trans-person financially independent, which will pave the way for self-confidence among trans-community”
Keshav Suri, Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, says In India, it’s very recent that organisations and different bodies have started to become accessible and create opportunities for transgender persons. There’s still a long way to go but employment fairs like this are important so that the community gets to understand, explore and learn about them under one roof. At The LaLiT, we have always believed in the power of diversity and celebrate people from all walks of life. We have been skilling, employing and are creating opportunities with them at all levels to march towards an Inclusive India for All.
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