The event will start by a keynote from inspirational speaker Gurchaten Sandhu (Nanoo).
Born to Indian migrant parents in the UK, Gurchaten Sandhu (Nanoo) is Project Director of a global project at the United Nation’s specialised agency on the world of work; the International Labour Organization (ILO). Alongside his B.A. (HONS) in Economics and MSc in Development Economics, his passion for social justice has led him to what is now the ILO’s Fundamental Principles Rights at Work department; the Branch of the ILO promoting human rights at work. The Branch also promotes policy development, carries out research and provides technical advisory services on child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination and freedom of association and collective bargaining. Working at this Branch for over 12 years now, Gurchaten has built his expertise and knowledge on promoting social justice through quality, decent and inclusive work for all, in particular to enhance LGBTIQ+ rights at work and economic inclusion.
Gurchaten has been volunteering for UN GLOBE (www.unglobe.org), the staff group representing LGBTIQ+ staff in the UN and its peacekeeping operations, in numerous roles for the past four years. As the Vice-President of UN GLOBE, he has worked to ensure the voice and rights of LGBTIQ+ staff are represented in UN policies and procedures, in particular on guidelines and recommendations for inclusive parental leave, mobility and trans persons. In his role as UN GLOBE Co-coordinator for Geneva he has raised the group’s visibility and organised and built a community of UN LGBTIQ+ staff, as well as a network with local and national LGBTIQ+ organisations. As the UN GLOBE Coordinator for the ILO, Gurchaten has helped to reform the staff regulations on personal status and more recently helped to introduce gender inclusive/neutral toilets on every floor of the building, making it the first UN agency in Geneva to do so.
Then we will hear from Neil Reavey and Spyros Diakakis from AstraZeneca who co-founded their LGBT+ Employee Resource Group AZPride and are now co-Chairs of the Proud Science Alliance, the network of LGBTQ networks across life science and healthcare.
You will learn:
- The benefits to your organisation of creating an LGBT+ network
- Know your data – where to focus your network
- Funding – building the business case
- Engagement – the employee experience and beyond
- Network of networks – the benefits of professional contacts
Gurchaten SandhuProgramme Support Officer
International Labour Organization
mentorNeil ReaveyAssociate Director, Research Assurance & External Insights Lead, Global I&D Council
mentorSpyros DiakakisProject and Change Manager