Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
TERI women have summoned the courage to speak up. Will TERI’s men demonstrate similar courage?
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), based in New Delhi, is a world-famous organization that currently employs more than 1,000 people. Many other individuals have been TERI employees over the years.
My last book is all about R.K. Pachauri, TERI’s director-general, so I am more informed than the average journalist of his history. Pachauri is fond of quoting Mahatma Gandhi, and many of his presentations end with a slide like this one:
Some of you have written to me in recent days. In private e-mails you have told me of the experiences of unnamed female colleagues. You have described the example set by the leader of this organization. You have told me what ex-TERI employees talk about when they meet one another years later.
This is an important moment. TERI’s male employees have an opportunity to be heard. If two, three, or more men familiar with the TERI milieu speak up publicly – either in a statement sent to a particular journalist or in a statement released to the media generally, that will be newsworthy.
The critical question is this: Based on your own firsthand knowledge – or firsthand conversations with female colleagues – does this woman’s description of the TERI workplace sound far-fetched or genuine?
I believe most men are decent, and that most men would not want their daughters, sisters, or wives victimized in the workplace. TERI women have summoned the courage to speak up.
Will TERI’s men demonstrate similar courage?
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Donna Laframboise is a Canadian investigative journalist and author of the 2013 book, Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize. See Amazon.com, Amazon India, and other Amazon stores.