Workshop on Modern slavery conducted by Puma
Workshop On Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment at workplace can take many forms. For instance, in the form of lewd jokes, vulgar remarks, inappropriate touch, unwelcome physical advances or asking for sexual favors in return for promotion, it may involve intimidation and threatening to act in a certain way. From the above examples we can see that this form of harassment can be both implicit and explicit. In both cases, the modesty of a woman is subjected to be outraged by the perpetrator.
The causes of such misconduct can be many, the most prominent cause being the implied unequal states of women in workplaces. Even in the 21st century, women aren’t deemed as equal with men. Gender wage gap is very much a reality, a very harsh reality of the modern age. Women have been considered ideal home makers and their role is restricted within the four walls of a home. They aren’t allowed to step out, and even if they are, they are often victims of harassment at their workplace. Women lack the necessary awareness and education to fight for their rights. This motivates the perpetrator to take unfair advantage of his position and authority.
When a woman is willing to fight back against the injustice, she often faces a backlash. This backlash comes from her workplace, her colleagues and the society at large. She is held responsible for whatever she is facing. In fact, some people might dismiss it as a mere illusion of harassment. It’s a severe form of gas- lighting and it erodes her self-esteem. She backs out of her battle due to lack of support and guidance. There is also a serious issue of under representation of women in top managerial positions. This further impedes any scope of understanding and empathizing with her on the harassment she faced, since most members of the special committees looking into the matters are males. It’s essential to have female members such committees, and these members must have proper knowledge and experience of women protection laws. Some of similar committees which are required to be established under statutory provisions are Internal Complaint Committee or Sexual Harassment Complaint Committee.
The Committee shall consist of the following nine members, who shall be appointed by the Director as under, namely:
- A senior female Faculty member from the Institute, as the Chairperson
- Two Faculty members (one female and one male)
- Two Staff members (one female and one male from Group ‘B’ & ‘C’)
- Three PhD students (two females and one male)
- One External female member (preferably lawyer by profession or from NGO. Committed to the cause of women or familiar with issues related to sexual harassment)
- At least one of the members shall be a woman belonging to the Scheduled
Castes or Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes or minority community notified by the Central Government, from time to time
[As per Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act,” in the year 2013)]
It’s essential to constitute these committees so that women can come forward fearlessly to fight against the harassment and injustice. More and more people must be sensitized about the issues faced by women at the workplace.
AIDER is making concerted efforts to help women in this respect.
We are on the “Recommended Panel of Institutions/Organisation for imparting training programs/workshop under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, in Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.”
As per guideline of women and child development ministry regarding sexual harassment at work place Act, we as an NGO spread the awareness among private firms for the same, According to Ministry WCD 90% private companies does not have Internal complain committee and awareness program for female staff . We often conduct the Seminar on Women Empowerment, Sexual Harassment at Work Place and Self Defence Training for female. We are dedicated to bring positive change in our society, in this process we need help from each section of the society to implement such kind of Act successfully. We give importance to women’s safety and security at workplaces. We organize seminars and awareness programs to educate women workers in textile industry to fight for their right of equality and social justice. We also ensure that the factories, where these women workers are engaged, constitute ICC committee for timely reporting and redressal of sexual harassment cases. Our aim is to ensure a congenial working environment for women in the workforce.
Gender Equality Workshops
“यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः”
(God’s divine grace is showered on the place where women are treated respectfully)
Gender inequality is the unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender roles. Our society has certain restrictive gender constructs which tend to create disparities in the status of men and women. Women, in general, are considered as a weaker gender and therefore is subjected to exploitation and subjugation at the hands of her male counterparts be it at home or at workplace.
The reasons for gender inequality are as follows:
- Discriminatory fosterage of children by parents
- Sociocultural and religious influence.
Indira Gandhi, Saina Nehwal, Kiran Bedi, Kalpana Chawla are some examples of Indian women who took our country to greater heights. AIDER is taking big steps to abolish gender discrimination. We provide counselling classes and motivate the girls and homeworkers/ factory workers to prevent sexism. We understand how important it is to create awareness among the workers to treat their fellow workers with respect and dignity. These workshops also help in boosting the confidence of the women workers, who are otherwise unaware of the remedies available to them when they are exploited.