The Vishaka Guidelines, 1997 and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 both place responsibility for the safety of women in the workplace in the hands of their employers. Both the Guidelines and the current law require companies to have a clear policy, to communicate the policy and to create an environment of awareness around workplace sexual harassment. Over time, Prajnya has become a part of this journey towards equal and inclusive workplaces through our intervention at several points.
1. Workplace Sexual Harassment Policy Reviews: We read existing policy documents and offer feedback on the extent to which they comply with Indian laws.
2. Drafting of Workplace Sexual Harassment Policy: We prepare draft policies.
3. Constitution of the Internal Complaints Committee: The law requires that every company put together an Internal Complaints Committee which must have one outside member who is either a lawyer, a social worker or from an NGO. We maintain a roster through which we help companies identify suitable members to meet this requirement.
4. Training programmes: We have offered three kinds of workplace sexual harassment-related training.
We do charge a fee for most of these services. If you would like to discuss this further with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2015, we have used RTI petitions to gather information about the Local Complaints Committees that are supposed to be set up in each district to provide redressal to self-employed, informally employed and women employed in very small organisations. To access our compilation of Local Complaints Committees in Tamil Nadu, please see this regularly updated spreadsheet.