THE TASK FORCE ON GENDER SENSITIVITY
Start small, but dream big. don’t wait for the storm, create it.
Gender sensitising is a critical need in our corporates. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce runs a national as well as international annual training program to create task forces drawn from workers across the length and breadth of South-East Asia. Currently more than seventy leaders from thirty companies in the APAC region have taken this training in the past two years, since 2021.
Our own studies with member companies of the Chamber have revealed the need to bring about attitudinal changes to remove gender barriers.
Our course includes the effects of prevailing world views, systemic evils, and global trends on family and workplace dynamics. Participants are challenged to examine their personal and cultural assumptions, to redefine and reconstruct both attitudes and actions.
Outcomes are ambassadors for gender justice in corporates, trained catalysts for constructive change; creation of transformational dialogues and conversations; trainers for orientating others, especially new recruits in organisations, among others, to help spread the message.
Our aim is to reach beyond organisational, national, and generational borders across the globe, to eventually mushroom into a movement across both Swedish and other corporate globally.
"For us at Alleima, the overarching ambition for our Diversity and Inclusion work is that all our people can operate at their full potential, at the same time feel valued and welcomed for whoever they are.
Our participation in The Task Force on Gender Sensitisation by Kraftsamla, Swedish Chamber of Commerce India, has contributed to increasing gender sensitivity and creating awareness around the topic specially in our factory environment at Alleima India.
We see this training as a catalyst for organic change and development in this area and we will continue to actively engage our leaders and colleagues to participate in the program to enable our commitment towards D&I at Alleima and hopefully through this see change at community levels as well."
Sharath Satish, President - Business Unit Tube APAC at Alleima and Managing Director -Alleima India Pvt Ltd.
Alleima has so far three Task Force members in India and one in China, two men and two women.
The Task Force on Gender Sensitisation III (Sept 2023-April 2024)
Overseen by a senior trainer, the program runs from September 2023 until April 2024. The first four months are spent in training, with weekly seminars, discussions, individual and group assignments.
Teams consisting of trainees from multiple corporates are trained to do a public online presentation in the second phase. On completion of the training the participants are graduated in a ceremony hosted by the Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi.
"One of the major learning was to be able to understand the importance of gender sensitivity and the kind of mammoth role it plays in a workplace. It made me learn to be extremely aware of my mind and actions. The learning has been incredible. It changed the way I think.
Not only professionally but personally also I would like to propagate this concept as much as possible. This training is a skill which helps me go back and find solutions in a much better way."
Yashaswini Hiran, Head- Human Resource Region India, Zacco
"I was able to understand the moral blindspots that we possess as a community and discover my own unconscious biases, and this has changed my thought process towards gender sensitivity.
I have decided to contribute my time (30-40%) to further learn and perform activities related to DEI both at personal and social life, by engaging in various Kraftsamla activities with SCCI and Embassy of Sweden and continuously develop this at my organizational level."
Balaji Ranganathan, Process Design Leader, Tetra Pak
Companies in the Task Force so far:
Alfa Laval, Alleima, AQ Mechanical, Atlas Copco, Autoliv, Bluefish Pharmaceuticals, Dynapac, Epiroc, Ericsson, Fortum, Getinge, H&M Production, Hitachi Energy, Höganäs, IKEA, Indiska, Medicover Hospital, Perstorp, Saab, Sandvik Coromant, SECO, SKF, Sonepar, Tapflo, Tetra Pak, Trelleborg, Truecaller, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Zacco
Corporate managers are invited to participate. The expected investment is six hours each month for teacher-led interactions, and another six hours for self-studies and group work. The programme runs over eight months.
₹ 90,000 (taxes extra)
for companies that are members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce India (SCCI).
₹ 85,000 (taxes extra)
For companies with more than one participant.
₹110,000 (taxes extra)
This is a fully online programme, hosted on the Zoom platform
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Benefits to Company
Gender-sensitivity has proved to lead to stable company environments, more contented employees with fewer dropouts. It encourages a liberating, empowering and supportive environment which with its diversities of views and thoughts leads in turn to greater creativity and innovation. Diversity has also proved responsible for higher productivity.
This course is part of the Kraftsamla programme by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce India, founded together with Consulate General in Mumbai, along with Embassy of Sweden our patrons. The purpose of Kraftsamla is to address gender issues constructively and creatively in society, work towards better collaboration between men and women, empower women, and develop and provide material and training for individual and organisational learning.