Author: Abhinav Krishna

Lefthanders Day – Dawn of the Lefties

United Nations declared August 13 as the International Lefthanders Day, and it was observed for the first time in 1976. This day is celebrated by recognizing the rare, creative and the unique lefthanders who live amongst us and go through daily struggles in a righthanded world. Interestingly, lefthanded people make up roughly around 10 percent of the Earth’s population and must follow right-handed people both in terms of available tools and implementations. Seems unfair sometimes that from cookware to appliances everything is designed for right-handed people. The Great Lefties In a world that is predominantly right-handed, there are some...

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Inclusion & Diversity: Embracing the LGBTQ+ Community

Open For Business, a coalition of leading global companies, has sparked a deep-seated revolution in the realm of inclusion and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community at the workplace. Helmed by companies like Microsoft, Google, AT&T, IBM, LinkedIn, KPMG, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and Virgin, the coalition has been pointed at addressing the discrimination that the LGBTQ+ community receives from various quarters across the globe. In its latest report, Open For Business highlights one of the most promising developments in India so far; that despite the country’s oppressive anti-LGBTQ+ laws, a clutch of companies is serving to broaden their workforce with...

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7 days – 545 Miles on a bike for a cause. “AIDS Lifecycle”

OHM CEO Story – Abhinav Krishna In the summer of 2017, I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a life-changing AIDS/LifeCycle ride —not a race. The AIDS/LifeCycle raises significant funds to provide healthcare to those living with HIV/AIDS, and organises awareness drives/campaigns to prevent the spread of AIDS. Apart from raising funds, the program brings to light the problems faced by people with HIV/AIDS and also helps to remove the stigma from the disease, especially as it relates to the LGBTQ community, as well as, communities of color. Even before founding OurHealthMate, I was concerned with the...

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Mother’s Day Milestones: The Need for Inclusive Maternity Benefits at the Workplace

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws” Barbara Kingsolver In India, maternity benefits have traditionally been an area of concern, limiting working mothers from furthering themselves both in the workplace and at home. In 2017, the Maternity Benefit Act catalysed a slew of amendments that worked towards elevating the maternity landscape for women in the workforce. With newly instituted provisions for a 26-week maternity leave policy, a mandatory creche arrangement, a work-from-home option and leave options for adoptive and commissioning mothers, the act was a breath of fresh air for a legal system steeped in patriarchal...

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY STORY SERIES – Part 8

How Life Away From Home Killed My Period As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, we present eight inspiring stories that will touch your heart and kindle your soul. This is story number eight. Supriya Surendran is a technology journalist, writer and outspoken advocate of women’s health. A mom of a daughter and a son, she describes how her period became an infrequent visitor when she moved to the other end of the world for college. Her experience has helped shape her lifestyle today and she hopes she can use it to be a positive influence for her children....

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