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WILDialogs – Panel 3

In this LawWiser #WILDialogs  interview, our host Lavanya Behl talks to Suneeth Katarki and Avimukt Dar, Founding Partners, IndusLaw about gender diversity in the legal profession – at law firms, in-house and the judiciary.

While things are changing at the law school and associate level in terms of more women coming into the profession, this is not reflecting as much at the partnership level. What can we do to ensure that women lawyers get to compete on equal grounds without being expected to work, act and interact in the same manner as their male colleagues?

The speakers share about how having a woman on board in the early days of the firm would have added a lot of value to the team. They also talk about the reality that law firms are service and sales centric and how across industries the gender ratio in sales teams is skewed in favour of men.

We explore some of the ways of retaining women in the workforce given the unexpected toll that the pandemic has taken on the lives of working women.

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WILDialogs – Understanding Enablers of Diversity and Inclusion at the Workplace, Sowmya Kumar

Next in LawWiser #WILDialogs powered by IndusLaw, we bring to you a conversation about diversity and inclusion with the very warm and open Sowmya Kumar. She’s a Partner, Labour & Employment at IndusLaw, based out of Bangalore.

 

She begins by explaining the basic difference between diversity and inclusion which is very often not fully understood. In that context, she talks about Shamnad Basheer’s initiative to induce a sense of equality at the law school level itself.

 

While talking to our host Lavanya, Sowmya opens up about her journey as a professional with experiences ranging from working at the Big Four to big law firms. She has a wide spectrum of practical experience from where she is able to draw and break down what the issues really are. It was really interesting to understand the distinction between equality and equity.

 

Watch her explain where the difference lies and how that difference can take us really far in devising inclusive policies.

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