Staying Safe

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Staying Safe

Women in the workforce have always been an interesting topic to study given the diverse variants in terms of region, income generated, educational background and other such dimensions. But whatever the demographics may be, women stay united in their fight against the rapidly galloping crime rate that targets them and their vulnerability, especially given the urban lifestyle of brazen exposure and the hitherto male domination of women having to meekly give in.

Why do findings indicate that there has been a rise in the unacceptable behaviour of colleagues and seniors especially males? Is it because more women are joining the workforce or significant numbers choosing not to suffer in silence?

Unable to evoke empathy, the media has failed miserably to rally almost half the Indian workforce and strengthen it. However, all this can change with recent laws that safeguard womens’ rights and if correctly highlighted to bring about much-needed change.

This is exactly where an organisation like Complykaro makes a difference. It aims to sensitise not just the management but all echelons of power in the corporate set-up towards the regulations that protect women at the workplace. It is mandatory by law to implement the provisions that make sexual harassment a punishable offence. It seeks to educate through training sessions, posters at premises and aiding the corporate to set up an Internal Complaints Committee(ICC). Not too late, Complykaro is an idea whose time has come.

The brainchild of Vishal Kedia, Complykaro focuses on how safety measures can bring about a colossal change, first in the mindset and then in society at large. It plans to get support from NGOs, Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries, Advocates & Solicitors, HR Consultants, Associations, Government Agencies to enhance reach and meet the needs of those who really need it.

Irrespective of whether their management avails of the skill and expertise of Complykaro, women on their part can acquire skills that help them to defend themselves. From karate as self-defence to carrying chilli powder, pepper sprays and knitting needles, women have in the past tried at times successfully and at times not; various ways to fight those who prey on them, usually after a long, tiring day at work.

But what about the authorities? Do you feel the Government has done enough to ensure women’s safety at the workplace, merely by introducing laws? As long as organisations similar to Complykaro, with the vision and dynamism to implement them are on the field, there is hope. Besides men are evolving and getting involved by showing how they are really committed towards women’s safety. Here’s more power to all of us to help fight the good fight.

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Ashish Singhania (Co-Founder & Director)

Ashish Singhania

Credited with 25 years of experience, this astute businessman passionately promotes what he believes in: workplace safety which in turn helps employees get more productive. A commerce graduate of Sydenham College, his background in finance has helped him scale heights in stocks and real estate and made him a well-known industrialist, today. But after having achieved astounding success in the financial market and real estate business, he did not want to rest on his laurels. He always had a strong desire to do something for society and he could forsee the importance of compliance and the safety of women at the workplace. Being a man with deep rooted values at heart he decided to partner the cause and help bring about a change.

 

 

Prem Rajani (Co-Founder)

Prem Rajani

Prem Rajani is the Managing Partner of Rajani Associates a full service national law firm, with experience spanning over two decades. Having passed his LL.B. examination from Government Law College, Mumbai in May 1990, he went on to then pass the Solicitors examination conducted by the Bombay Incorporated Law Society in March 1992 and later the Solicitors examination conducted by the Law Society, London, in April 1994.

 

Mr Rajani had the opportunity to handle numerous matters relating to Foreign Exchange Laws along with FDI Policy which was introduced in India in 1991 and also saw the advent and evolvement of FEMA and was likewise involved in numerous matters on FEMA with the gradual opening up of various sectors, he continued to gain knowledge in each of them and build on his expertise. Today, Prem Rajani is an expert on many laws and uses this expertise in structuring deals and finding solutions to complex situations. A client is never unsatisfied after meeting Prem Rajani

 

Although Prem Rajani created a niche for himself in corporate practice, he has also honed his skills in specialised fields such as conveyance and litigation. This diverse enrichment in various categories, has helped him evolve into a towering personality, in his field.

 

 

Sangeeta Lakhi (Co-Founder)

SANGEETA LAKHI

Sangeeta Lakhi is a Senior Partner with Rajani Associates and has been instrumental in the Firm’s development and growth. She passed her LL.B. examination in 1993 and carries with her vast and varied experience spanning 21 years. Sangeeta Lakhi heads the International Capital Markets as well as the Banking & Finance Practice of the firm. She also advises clients in General Company Law, Exchange Control and SEBI corporate matters.

 

 

Neha Kedia (VP & PoSH ICC Member)

SANGEETA LAKHI

Neha is an External Member of the Internal Complaints Committees of multinational companies, listed companies, associations and various other companies. Neha has a deep understanding of the PoSH law with more than 5 years of relevant experience to conduct a neutral, unbiased, fair and time bound redressal of sexual harassment complaints at the workplace.

 

Neha is very passionate about women’s rights and is a huge advocate for equality at the workplace. Neha is a Commerce graduate from Sydenham College, Mumbai and has completed her Post Graduation Certificate course in Human Rights from Government Law College & Hurt Foundation, Mumbai.

 

Neha as over the past 15 years gained significant experience in customer relationships and networking while heading the Personal Travel division at Ramniranjan Kedia Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. Neha is a keen student of human nature and excels in client interaction and retention. Neha has been known to drive her teams to achieve targets and aptly service demanding client requirements and currently looks after network building and crystallizing marketing strategies for Complykaro, an idea she has been part of since it’s inception.

 

 

Manoj Sharma (Vice President-Client Servicing)

MANOJ SHARMA

Manoj has over 22 years of work experience in sales & operations. He commenced his career with Eureka Forbes Ltd in Direct Sales and has worked in senior capacity in various companies including Ion Exchange (India) Ltd where he was Regional Sales Manager – Direct & Institutional Sales in their Consumer Products Division. Manoj is a Graduate from University of Mumbai. His last assignment was with the leading NGO, Yuva Parivartan, a movement of Kherwadi Social Welfare Association wherein he was Head – Operations for Mumbai, Gujarat & North Indian States.

 

 

Rishab Bhuwalka (Relationship Manager)

Rishabh

Rishab is the single point of contact from Complykaro for various associations. Rishab works towards increasing the visibility and brand value of Complykaro by playing a vital role in planning and executing both online and offline marketing strategies and managing Complykaro’s social media platforms. Rishab manages the end-to-end development of online training modules on various subjects relating to compliance and ethical business practices to increase Complykaro’s bouquet of services. Rishab is also responsible for client on-boarding, client support and operations. Rishab is an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) Member of Complykaro’s ICC.

 

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    Mr. Vishal Kedia (Founder & Director)

    Vishal

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Eloquent orator about sexual harassment of women at workplace, its organizational ramifications,and preventive measures.
    • Acclaimed PoSH and Code of Conduct trainer.
    • Subject Matter Expert on corporate compliance.
    • Avid reader regarding compliance issues and court judgements to be abreast with the latest

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com), Sydenham College
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA), National University of Singapore
    • Diploma, Business Finance, ICFAI, Hyderabad

    Being a fierce entrepreneur, an acknowledged speaker about harassment of women at workplace and a reputable PoSH trainer, Mr. Vishal Kedia actively helps companies function smoothly by creating a compliant workplace for them.

     

    He has trained over 40,000 Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) members, numerous corporate leaders & their employees across industries and lawyers of prestigious law-firms through his classroom seminars for PoSH training.

    Adding to his roaring success, Mr. Vishal Kedia has won “101 Top Global Diversity & Inclusion Leaders Award” at 27th World HRD Congress, “Global Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award” at 25th World HRD Congress and “The Leading CEO of the Year Award” at the 6th Annual Greentech HR Awards.

     

    He has been a compelling speaker on the prevention and corporate consequences of sexual harassment of women at the workplace and the PoSH Act at various esteemed public events organised by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies), ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India), ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India), ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), PHDCCI (PhD Chamber of Commerce and Industry) among others. Mr. Vishal Kedia is also a celebrated member of the prestigious HRD Network.

     

    By the virtue of his tremendous compliance expertise beyond just the PoSH Act, Mr. Vishal Kedia has conducted several training seminars for Whistleblower Committee Members of distinguished corporates for undertaking potent investigation pertaining to the violation of the code of conduct.

     

    Moreover, he has contributed to a number of notable publications:

     

    • Experts Pharma
    • Express Healthcare
    • BSE Broker’s Forum
    • Compliance & Ethics Professional, etc.

     

    Testimonials specifically for Mr. Kedia:

     

    “Vishal is very engaging facilitator, use of case study, live media example, court judgements were the key highlight of session. Thank You”

     

    Reliance Industries, Ltd.

    “It was a very good training. Vishal shared a lot of practical scenarios. Overall it was an informative session. Good job!”

     

    IDFC First Bank

    “What I was amazed with was not one question was left unanswered or even ambiguous by Vishal. Very clear informative seminar.”

     

    Nadiadwala Grandsons

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