Advocacy

“ Hamara Haq” : Sshrishti’s engagement with women’s rights

Half of India’s population is increasingly being suffocated by a pervasive atmosphere of fear, a fear fostered by the growing violence against women. Sexual Harassment affects all women in some form or the other. Being subjected to lewd behaviour in public places, domestic violence, discrimination and harassment at place of work has become a part of most women’s lives. Working women are no exception. In fact, working women most commonly face the backlash for women taking on new roles, which traditionally belong to male domains within patriarchy. Sexual Harassment at work is an extension of violence in everyday life and is discriminatory, exploitative, thriving in an atmosphere of threat, terror and reprisal.

Studies find that sexual harassment is still endemic, often hidden, and present in all kinds of organisations. Yet it is still not always viewed as a problem, which has to be systematically tackled. The issue is of concern for both women and the employers as studies show that sexual harassment touches lives of nearly 40-60% of working women.

Thus, combating sexual harassment involves developing understanding of what is sexual harassment and change of attitudes in all- be it employees, colleagues, friends, administrators, employers or the law makers.

India finally enacted its law on prevention of sexual harassment against female employees at the workplace. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 ("Sexual Harassment Act") has been made effective on April 23, 2013 by way of publication in the Gazette of India. The statute has been enacted almost 16 years after the Supreme Court of India, in its landmark judgment in Vishaka and others v. State of Rajasthan ("Vishaka Judgement")1 , laid down guidelines making it mandatory for every employer to provide a mechanism to redress grievances pertaining to workplace and ensure women a safe and healthy work environment.

Advocacy programme: Workshops on Gender Sensitization

Sshrishti advocacy program reaches out to all those organizations that takes this guideline seriously and helps them to create and execute an effective gender sensitization programs. The main objective of our advocacy program remains -

  • To develop sensitivity amongst participants in perceiving existing gender concerns, prejudices and inequalities.
  • To reflect on and understand our own gendered identities, perceptions and biases.
  • To recast gender sensitivity as an imperative for mutual understanding, respect and growth.
  • To drive forth the idea that gender sensitivity is not about pitting men against women, but a requisite for dignity and development.
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