Prevention Of Sexual Harassement At Workplace

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Why Sexual Harassment Training is Mandatory for Organisation ?

Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the subsequent Rules have been framed and put to operations on 9th December, 2013. However, the effective use of this legislation is possible only through awareness generations among the masses. A large chunk of Government & Public Sectors Unit work force is still in the dark about the provisions and effectiveness of the statute.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013 was enacted to ensure safe working spaces for women and to build enabling work environments that respect women’s right to equality of status and opportunity. An effective implementation of the Act will contribute to the realization of their right to gender equality, life and liberty, equality in working conditions everywhere .The sense of security at the workplace will improve women’s participation in work, resulting in their economic empowerment and inclusive growth.

The full scale of the problem is not known given the difficulties in documenting the experience of those who have experienced workplace sexual harassment. However, available studies on sexual harassment show that it is certainly prevalent in India today. This is why the legislation is an important step forward within the larger architecture of women’s rights, as it tackles this issue to secure the rights of women workers across the country.

Today, all workplaces in India are mandated by law to provide a safe and secure working environment free from sexual harassment for all women. In order to create wide spread awareness about the act across the country, Ministry of Women and Child Development, being the nodal ministry for the advancement of women has empanelled “Unique Welfare Foundation” (Letter Attached) for providing training under the act.

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Who Needs To Take Sexual Harassment Training?

All members of an organization’s workforce including:

  1. Employees
  2. Managers
  3. Supervisors
  4. Contract Workers
  5. Volunteers

Managers and supervisors must be given additional specialized training on how to properly handle cases of sexual harassment.


Benefits of Training Programs

All members of an organization’s workforce including:

  1. Strengthens your workplace culture
  2. Increases awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behavior
  3. Empowers bystanders
  4. Sends a strong message from the top
  5. Encourages reporting
  6. Contributing towards CSR.
  7. Create Safe and Secure working environment
  8. More knowledgeable workforce
  9. Reduced Compliance Risk

Managers and supervisors must be given additional specialized training on how to properly handle cases of sexual harassment.