Vanavil: P&G Share The Pride IIT Madras Equality Summit

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P&G India together with IIT Madras hosted the second edition ‘Vanavil: P&G Share The Pride - IIT Madras Equality Summit’ to advance equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community.  The Summit brought together a host of distinguished speakers, including leaders from P&G India, who shared their insights and personal experiences with the students at the campus, sparking meaningful conversations around various issues of contemporary as well as historical relevance to the queer community.

The event was flagged off with the launch of a first-of-its-kind ‘P&G Share The Pride Inclusion Handbook’ – a comprehensive toolkit designed to drive awareness and sensitize students at educational institutes on LGBTQ+ allyship and inclusion. The ‘Inclusion Handbook’ has been developed by P&G India in partnership with the queer clubs of 6 leading educational institutes across the country including Pride of Joka from IIM Calcutta, Vannam IIT Madras and XLRI among others. This initiative is a significant step for P&G India’s ‘ShareThePride’ commitment to partner with Indian educational institutes to create safe spaces and visible allies for the LGBTQ+ community.

This marks another milestone in P&G India’s journey of driving inclusion for LGBTQ+ community, with the second year of the unique engagement with one of its key campus partners – IIT-Madras, and their student-run LGBTQIA+ support and sensitisation group -Vannam.  

Commenting on the same, Ankur Bhagat, Vice President – Product Supply & Executive Sponsor for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, P&G India said, “At P&G, equality and inclusion are at the cornerstone of our culture, simply because we endeavour to  respect and reflect the diversity of our consumers, and creating an ecosystem where everyone is welcome as they are, with equal opportunities to learn, thrive and succeed. The second edition of the Summit was truly engaging, ripe with insights and stories of allyship and inclusion shared by the distinguished changemakers who graced the event. This one is special because of the launch of the P&G India ShareThePride Inclusion Handbook, aimed at advancing LGBTQ+ allyship and inclusion at educational institutes across the country. Collaborations like these with IIT Madras are essential in driving long-term change and promoting acceptance and equality.”


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