India’s first LGBTQ job fair backed by cab aggregator Uber to take place in Bangalore.
In an attempt to connect people from the LGBTQ community with job opportunities in inclusive and diverse companies, the RISE LGBTQ job fair is all set to be organized by Pride circle.
Uber India is a partner of this job fair. The cab aggregator will have an “experience booth” at the fair wherein people can come forward and share their views on what exactly “equal opportunity means to them”.
To further show its commitment and support towards the LGBTQ community, Uber will be changing the colours of its routes in the app to a vivid rainbow for the whole of 12th July.
People who identify as LGBTQ have a really difficult life. Apart from facing social prejudices they also have a tough time finding jobs. Especially finding jobs, where they can be themselves and express themselves freely are really difficult to find. In an attempt to connect these people with job opportunities in inclusive and diverse companies, the RISE LGBTQ job fair is all set to be organized by Pride circle. This event will take place in Bangalore today.
An attempt will be made via this job fair to highlight the issues faced by the LGBTQ community like workplace discrimination and prejudices based on one’s identity. The fair will also make an effort to promote diversity and inclusion in a workspace. It will also help in helping the LGBTQ community members who are seeking jobs get in touch with potential employers. They will further help these employers in becoming better allies to the LGBTQ community and give them guidelines on promoting an inclusive and safe place for everyone.
Uber India is a partner of this job fair. The cab aggregator will have an “experience booth” wherein people can come forward and share their views on what exactly “equal opportunity means to them”. To further show its commitment and support to the LGBTQ community, Uber will be changing the colours of its routes in the app to a vivid rainbow for the whole of 12th July.
Commenting on this sponsorship of the RISE job fair, Vishpala Reddy who is the regional HR director at Uber said, at Uber inclusivity and diversity are very important. They are striving to create an inclusive and diverse workplace which is an image of the diverse employees working with Uber as well as the different cities that the app serves in.
She further commended the efforts of Pride Circle in organizing the country’s first ever inclusive job fair. She said that Uber hopes to see India progress as a country regarding its views on the LGBTQ community and strives to create a safe working environment for everyone.
There also will be various panel discussions regarding topics ranging from mental health, gender identity, diversity, inclusion and benefits, policies and expression for the LGBTQ community members at the job fair. the fair will be seeing many esteemed speakers who are experts in the D&I space as well. These speakers include Manvendra Singh Gohil, Keshav Suri, Samyuktha Vijayan, Harish Iyer and Neelam Jain. The speakers hope to dive deeper into the topic of what makes workplaces progressive. India’s first silent LGBTQ short film, Sisak, which is directed by Faraz Ansari will be screened at the fair too.
This isn’t the first time Uber has taken steps to promote LGBTQ equality in India. The ride-hailing company hired its first Trans delivery agent in India as a part of Uber eats. Preetisha had initially applied for a job with another food delivery firm but was rejected because of her gender identity. She then decided to apply as a delivery partner with Uber eats where she has been working for almost one and a half year now.
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