About the program

"One of the most pervasive ways of subjugation, intimidation and discrimination against women in the workplace is sexual harassment” – Dr. Martha Farrell

A survey by the Indian National Bar Association conducted in March 2015 showed that nearly 70% of women in India do not report sexual harassment at the workplace. While Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 makes it mandatory for employers to have policies in place to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, women seldom take recourse to them for the fear of losing their jobs and due to the stigma such a move could entail. Often, employees are unaware about their rights or anti-sexual harassment policies aren’t in place.
WHAT WE DO:

    • Make Employees Aware: SHWW Act 2013 mandates all workplaces to sensitize and make aware their workers/employees about what amounts to sexual harassment as per the act, the procedure of filing complaints and how complaints will be redressed. We help workplaces to sensitize their employees to help build a workplace culture of equality and respect. We provide:
    •       Online Training Course (OTC) for Employees
                Designed by experts, interactive and easy to access, with certification
    •       Interactive Training Session for Employees
                Engaging and customized according to the need of the group
    •       Posters for Workplaces
                Visual Content to display at a workplace to inform employees about SHWW Act 2013
  • Capacitate Internal Committees (IC): SHWW Act 2013 mandates all workplaces with more than 10 employees to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (IC), which will be responsible for conducting a fair and a prompt inquiry in cases of sexual harassment at the workplace. We conduct interactive and intensive trainings with IC members about their roles and responsibilities and also help workplaces to form and properly constitute their ICs as per the law. We also support by:
    •       Framing a comprehensive anti-sexual harassment policy at the workplace
    •       Advising and guiding ICs on legal and practical aspects of dealing with the issue
    •       Providing informative guidebooks/manuals for IC members and employees
    •       Becoming third party representation on the IC
  • Train Third Party Facilitators: The Act mandates the presence of a third part facilitator/ external member on the IC, who is familiar with the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace and shall ensure an impartial inquiry of any matter related to SHWW. We train third party facilitators to gain comprehensive knowledge about the Act and practical skills to become a fair and an informed member of the IC.
  • Capacitate Local Committees (LC) and Informal Sector Workers:The Act also covers informal sector workers and mandates the district officer to constitute a Local Complaints Committee (LC), which will provide redressal to any workplace with less than ten employees (including informal sector workers). We support LCs by:
    •            Training the members of the LC about their roles and responsibilities
    •            Helping the district officer to properly constitute the LC as per the law
    •           Facilitating interface between the LC and the informal sector workers
    •           Sensitizing and collectivizing informal sector employees around the issue of SHWW
  • Training of Trainers (ToT): We offer certified courses and training programmes to interested practitioners, who can then join a pool of trainers.

To know more, contact nandita.bhatt@marthafarrellfoundation.org