Raina Khatri Tandon is the CEO of Right2Rise and the founder of RKT Foundation. She is India’s first and only ISO certified POSH POCSO organisational specialist in training certifications compliance and auditing.
A Double degree Postgraduate in VLSI Chip Design and Law, Raina Khatri Tandon has been promoting inclusiveness, gender equality to create ethical workspaces and a safe environment in educational institutions.
Founder of RKT foundation© and Empowering Lives® and running five Whatsup Groups Forum, Raina Khatri Tandon believes in touching normal people from rural semi-rural and NGOs and societies to work on the Initiative of PMO MODI which is on Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India.)
Following is an excerpt of the conversation Wonderpublish recently had with Raina Khatri Tandon:
Q. 1: What Right2Rise is all about?
Ans: We started in May, some two and a half years ago. With Right2Rise we wanted to create a space where everyone could grow without fear. Our core belief has always been that every individual has a right to rise. In order to help every individual fulfil their potential, we strive to create a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace. In that, Right2Rise create comprehensive solutions. We are specialists in areas of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act (POSH).
We are also working in the field of child rights which comes under the purview of the POSCO Act. We also create gender-neutral spaces. In every solution we are providing, we create a stress-free space so work towards stress and solutions.
Q. 2: How did you get into this line of work?
Ans: Just like any other professional, I too was a 9 to 5 person. But soon enough I realised that there was a potential in me to go out and do something different. I come from a business background but there was nobody who took this sort of leap into an organisational set-up. But before that, I went abroad and did VLSI chip design engineering.
But primarily, I wanted to create an identity of my own which ultimately led me out of the technical workplace to now a societal one. POSH and POSCO happened with the same value system that I carry.
Q. 3: Can you give us an overview of all the things that you are involved with?
Ans: Since I stayed abroad for quite some time, I have been working with the UK and Finnish societies. So I already started doing a lot of philanthropic work. I worked primarily in counselling and support services. That ended up in a perspective that coaching, training and mentoring should be my field. And eventually working for the rights of women and children.
Speaking of organisations I’ve been attached with, ISKON temple in Finland, CISME India, CSWIR, FICCI, ITF, United Nations, Nari Shakti with which I was felicitated in 2018. Then I came in touch with organisations that have been working in the field of child rights like PRAYAS, PRANAYA. So I started supporting them, volunteering and getting involved with various other strands. So during the pandemic, RKT evolved where we help the abuse survivors.
Q. 4: Is there any helpline which people can access to get in touch with you?
Ans: We have our organisational email addresses as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Or people can personally write to me at email@example.com which is my personal email address. We don’t provide our own helplines now because there are multiple helplines made available by the government and we are supporting them. Also, our company helpline email is firstname.lastname@example.org
From expert counselling to providing legal help, we try to assist people to the best of our abilities.
Q. 5: Do you think the startup culture of India is aware of the POSH guidelines?
Ans: Now, a lot of them know. Schools, colleges are becoming aware of POSH and POSCO. But speaking of the startup environment, a proprietor who is working from home or a small scale enterprise person who is working from a co-working space may or may not know about these guidelines. It depends on how much he is exposed to the world. So a lot of SMEs and startups remain inside their own shells. They don’t deem it necessary to learn about these things.
The corporate world is pretty much aware of these guidelines but a lot of SMEs and startups have still a lot to catch up with. And we are trying to change that by making them aware that it’s a mandate like GST which you need to follow for your set-ups that involve more than 10 employees.
Q. 6: Do you think our schools are sensitive enough to handle sexual harassment instances in the correct way?
Ans: Many schools have such POSCO training in place. They have gender sensitisation training, POSH-POSCO training and they have training programmes separately for parents, teachers, principals, trustees and other staff. Also, they have training sessions in place specifically for children.
Also, the training sessions can’t be one fit for all so it differs based on the board, state norms, language sensitivity. You have to also take into account the knowledge base of the kids before coming up with a training program tailor-made for them.
Visit www.right2rise.in or call 7208017715 for further assistance.
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