UnStereotype 2020

Un-Stereotype 2020 was a flagship event under the inclusion and diversity objective of the Post Graduate Management Program for Women, S. P. Jain Institute Of Management & Research, Mumbai. 

Un-Stereotype 2020 brought to the forefront stories of women and men who have shown the courage to break the stereotypes and conventions to carve their own identity, stand for their rights and make a difference. Speakers who shared their inspirational stories with the audience were Ms. Madhavi Latha, Founder President of Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, Ms. Parveen Sheikh who works for upliftment of slum dwellers, Ms. Kiran Gera – Chairperson, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council, Mr. Jitender Chhattar – Farmer & Advocate, Ms. Sandhya Menon – Journalist & #MeToo campaigner, Ms. Veena Gupta -India’s first female bodyguard and Ms. Mittal Patel – Trustee, V.S.S.M, who works for the nomadic communities in Gujarat. The event included Keynote address by Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder & President of Avtar and Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, SPJIMR.  


Dr. Ashita Aggarwal

Through a very powerful analogy of fairy tales, Dr. Ashita Aggarwal, Chairperson, PGMPW shares how gender stereotypes are so deeply embedded in our upbringing and how these stereotypes are formed over a lifespan. Here’s her address at #UnStereotype2020.

Madhavi Latha

She made impossible possible by defying all the odds. Her battles were more emotional than physical.

Ms. Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu, Associate Vice President in Trade Services, Standard Chartered Global Business Services Pvt Ltd., National Level Para Swimmer and Founder President of Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI), shares her story at #UnStereotype2020

Ms. Mittal Patel personifies what Mark Twain once said – “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Yes, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand up for the cause you really believe in, to speak up and do what your heart asks you to do. She empathized with Nomadic and De-Notified communities in Gujarat and since 2005 has been relentlessly working for Human Rights and Dignity, livelihood training, housing, education, and participatory water management programs for the community through her NGO Vicharta Samuday Samarathan Manch (VSSM).

You might have heard about the proverb, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Ms Parveen Shaikh would put a face to that proverb. Her journey started from the footpaths of Mumbai. Today she travels the world to raise awareness about the way she changed lives for her community of slum dwellers. She truly has been a voice for the voiceless around her. This is beyond inspirational!!

We all have that rage that keeps us going but few initiate and ignite the path for others as well. Strong woman like Ms. Sandhya menon, who not only fought against the patriarchal society which asks women either to submit or conform but also gave the courage to others to express their rage and initiated a chain reaction through Metoo movemen

Perceptions & pre conceived biases about "career break" are stereotypes that each & every woman has to face in our world. However Dr. Soundarya Rajesh herself led by an example & chose to challenge the norm by creating opportunities for our talented women. She chose to break the shackles and founded "Avtar" that ensures flexible working & second career to increase women's workforce participation in the country

The battles that you fight within to break the stereotypes are much harder to win than the ones you fight with the outside world. And it is during those challenging times that stories of women such as Ms. Veena Gupta are there to inspire us! She chose to challenge the status quo and became India’s first Female Bodyguard.

He was her knight in shining armour!! Not only his wife’s but many like her. Introducing, Mr. Jitender Chattar who is a beacon of hope in a society who couldn’t protect Nirbhaya. He stood tall to not just marry a victim who was subjected to one of the most heinous human rights abuse but also decided to fight for her justice. And he has been championing for the rights of many such women.



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