May 17, 2017

Outliers EP 17: Sairee Chahal says sexism is a 'cancerous phenomenon'

Chahal's Sheroes has launched a new product for companies to assess their internal systems and ensure an equitable workplace.

BYPankaj Mishra

Sairee Chahal is building “a full stack mahila (women) network”. Yes, that’s how she describes Sheroes, an online networking platform for women looking for work that helps them balance career aspirations with personal responsibilities.
As we settle down to our chat at the Sheroes office in Delhi’s Lado Sarai, on a street teeming with art galleries, Chahal remarks that sexism is “a cancerous phenomenon” that has existed for a long time, much before journalists like me started discovering sexism in the startup ecosystem.
Apart from providing a platform for companies to outsource their projects to women on the Sheroes network, Chahal also offers counselling services and helplines for women facing issues at their workplace.
After the recent reports of sexual harassment surfaced against the founder of TVF, Sheroes launched a new product for companies to assess their internal systems and ensure the compliance and sensitivity required.
In this episode of Outliers Podcast, we stay with the topic of sexism and sexual harassment  at the workplace, which we have been talking about consistently, and discuss how Chahal and Sheroes are attempting to change that.
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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.