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On Women’s Day, Godrej tells us to #ChallengeBiasesWithin

New digital film stresses that instead of expecting things to change, one should instigate the cha

MUMBAI: Mahatma Gandhi famously said – ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Exemplifying this powerful message on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021, the Godrej Group has released a new digital video campaign #ChallengeBiasesWithin which urges every person irrespective of their gender, culture, ability, and orientation, to first challenge the deeply wired biases and stereotypes within themselves, before asking others to do so externally. Ultimately, changing and creating a more inclusive, equal world. 

The digital film aims to highlight the fact that this Women’s Day instead of just wishing her and expecting things to change, one should rather instigate the change and challenge the stereotype within us. The campaign urges everyone to take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions. Changing from within is what will guarantee the fulfilment of a dream of an inclusive world. The film captures women from different walks of life and in different roles such as corporate executives, women working in male dominant technical areas, physically challenged women and working mothers – all defying society expectations of what a woman should or should not do.

The film, conceptualised by Team Godrej and Creativeland Asia, went live on International Women’s Day across all social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Godrej Group executive director & chief brand officer Tanya Dubash said, “Women have always been facing the challenge of having more to prove than their male peers to be taken just as seriously. This is all due to our conditioning and stereotypes. That is why on this Women's Day, we would like to urge everyone to challenge their stereotypes. At Godrej, we strongly believe that each one of us is unique and we can only truly grow when we can be our 'whole self' at work. We, as an organisation, will continue to understand and support the challenges that women face so that they choose to challenge at the workplace. We constantly strive to create an environment where women are provided the freedom to enjoy the best of professional and personal choices.” 

Creativeland chief creative officer Asia Anu Joseph added, “The truth is Godrej has some of the best ‘diversity friendly, equality promoting’ policies in the country. But, even they realise that equality won’t be a reality till the biases and stereotypes are uprooted from deep within our minds. The narrative for this film aligns with the International Women’s Day theme, and calls for both men and women to challenge their own biases.”

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