Webinar on Gender Sensitisation & Awareness of POSH act 2013

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Webinar on Gender Sensitisation & Awareness of POSH act 2013 - Jan 21, 2022

Women are entering the workforce in increasing numbers. Women’s rights have to be respected and protected. Women’s rights in a workplace are important so that they are free from unwanted sexual advances. Sexual Harassment at Workplace (SHW) lowers their productivity and psychological well being.


Now the need is to prevent such incidents therefore we have a POSH Act that is the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act. In 2013, many years after formulating the Vishaka guidelines, the Supreme Court passed the Prevention of Sexual Harassment or the POSH act.


Date & Time :  21st & 22nd Jan, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

POSH Act enforces any organization to formulate a policy for the prevention of sexual harassment and redressal of the same. It mandates an internal complaints committee to address the issues and resolve them. This Act would also help to create awareness to sensitize about SHW. This can empower women to voice out against sexual harassment if there a need. 


Awareness of Sexual Harassment at Workplace and Gender Sensitivity has to be a part of the work culture. This initiative would be a proactive step reflecting the ethos of a caring & progressive company besides being a mandate.


Awareness and Reporting of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (SHW), both are low in most companies. People are not clear about - what is SHW, what recourse the victim can avail of, what steps the SHW committee can take to prevent or address SHW issues. 


The best possible way is to prevent SHW could be through awareness and sensitization training programmes.


Sometimes a differentiation is made between sex and gender – sex meaning the biological fact of being male or female and gender referring to the person’s identification as male or female through a socialization process. Usually sex and gender roles coincide, but in some cases a child of one sex may be socialized to be opposite gender. I am using sex roles to mean gender roles, because that is common practice; however, strictly speaking, the proper term is gender roles.


We are not even aware of the gender stereotyping and gender bias we hold on to. Right from childhood in the toys we choose for boys and girls, school teacher’s use of male protagonists usually in their lessons, gender bias in the language we use are issues we are not even aware of. Let us be sensitive to these issues and see how we can bring about some gender parity in our attitude and be more gender sensitive. In fact gender sensitization could be a foundation to prevent sexual harassment at work place.


Objectives :

1.  To help prevent any SHW incident as a proactive measure by strengthening gender sensitivity 

2.  To create awareness about different dimensions of SHW

3.  To empower women employees  to protect themselves from SHW when required


Programme Content :

1.  Sensitizing about gender inequality

2.  POSH Policy – objectives, scope, Supreme Court’s definition; types of SHW; conduct of sexual nature – physical, verbal & nonverbal harassment; gender discrimination at workplace  amounts to SHW

3.  Reasons for low reporting of SHW

4.  Role functions and powers of IC Committee & Sub Committee

5.  Procedure to file complaints and Steps SHW victim should take

6.  How to conduct a formal enquiry; investigation process – interview both parties, and resolve the SHW claim, strategies when there are No eyewitness 

7.  Consequences of policy violation  to victim and to the harasser

8.  Malicious Complaint  - to ensure no misuse of policy by women

9.  SHW offense under – a) Constitutional Law b) Civil Law c) Criminal Law & d) Service & Labor Law

10.  How colleagues can help


Training Methodology :

Active, retention oriented training methods like Role Play, Discussion, Simulation and Games will be used.

Dr. Lata Shetty Director, Mainstream Training Center

Dr. Shetty, is the Director, Mainstream Training Center, which offers Soft Skills Training Programs in a variety of settings. Qualifications: B.Sc., M.S.W., Ph.D., a gold medalist

Webinar details will be provided to the participants, after registration.

 

Participation Fee :   
Members  Rs. 3,000 + 18% GST  
Non-Members  Rs. 3,600 + 18% GST 

Bank Details for NEFT

Account No.

10996680930

IFSC CODE

SBIN0000300

Bank Name

State Bank of India

Branch Address

Mumbai Main Branch

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