Dharamshala: Women’s Empowerment Desk under SARD, Department of Finance organised a four day Internal Committee training from 18th to 21st December for all the CTA departments’ Internal Committee (IC) members.
The objective of the workshop was to orient the Internal Committee (IC) on their roles and responsibilities, to create awareness on Sexual Harassment at workplace and to educate the members on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. In pursuance of this Act, CTA has constituted an Internal Committee in all of its department.
The key topic discussed during the training were the basic concept of sex and gender, understanding harassment/sexual harassment, definition and understanding of workplace, prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace under the SHW Act 2013. This training also aims to create a safe and conducive work environment and enable the Internal Committee in playing a vital role in making that happen.
The four day training helped the IC members to challenge their own beliefs and understanding of gender, gender-based violence and issues related with gender. It has also helped them in identifying various and subtle forms of violence and how this can lead towards creating a hostile work environment. The discussion also brought forth how issues related with sexual harassment/harassment were deeply normalized and excluded from the mainstream conversation.
The workshop was facilitated by Nandita Pradhan and Surbhi Kumar from the Martha Farell Foundation (MFF), Delhi, India. Martha Farell Foundation is an organization that works on women empowerment, gender equality and adult education, with long term commitment and excellence towards achieving a gender just society.
As an outcome of the workshop, all IC members will organize awareness sessions in their concerned department on gender and gender related issues, especially, concerning sexual harassment/harassment.
The training was funded by USAID under the TSRR project.
–Filed by CTA