- sexual harassment

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

Sexual harassment as for long been trivialised as ‘eve-teasing’, but in 1997, in response to a case filed by women's groups, the Supreme Court of India recognised the specificities of sexual harassment at the workplace and issued guidelines to pave the way for judicial remedy. More than a decade later, and despite the continued efforts of the women's movement, women who complain still have to deal with biased and arbitrary complaints committees, false cases foisted on them and loss of jobs, not to mention severe emotional and mental trauma.

To understand the enormity and complexity of the issue, Saheli conducted a survey with working women in 1998, and developed a play titled Mahaul Badalna Hai in 1999-2000. Performances of the play have led to vibrant discussions and workshops with varied constituencies - students, domestic workers, guards, and so on over the years.

At the same time, we continue to handle individual cases and are active on complaints committees of government and non-government institutions. Even as we grapple with the nuances of drafting a civil law to deal with the issue, we campaign to make society recognise sexual harassment as a major hurdle to women's right to a safe and conducive working environment.

PUBLICATIONS

OPENING THE PANDORA'S BOX

Sexual Harassment, Corruption in an NGO

December 2003

MAHAUL BADALNA HAI

A Play Script (Hindi)

April 2001

ANOTHER OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD

Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (English + Hindi)

Report of a Survey

October 1998

ARTICLES

WORKING OUT THE TENSIONS: New Law/s on Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

Newsletter Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

WHO’S AFRAID OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

Newsletter Sep 2011 - Apr 2012

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE: STILL STRUGGLING FOR AN EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION

Newsletter Jan - Aug 2011

MISPLACED MORALITY

A Saheli Critique of the Complaints Committee

Report and Action Taken by Chintan, Delhi

Newsletter Sep - Dec 2005

RE-CREATING THE MAHUAL: Saheli Play on Sexual Harassment

Newsletter Sep - Dec 2005

OPENING THE PANDORA’S BOX: REPORT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT, CORRUPTION AND MALPRACTICE IN AN NGO

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2003

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT... MARKING WOMEN'S DAY 2003

Newsletter Jan - Apr 2003

CAMPAIGN FOR A SAFE UNIVERSITY

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2002

WOMEN'S PATH OF STRENGTH

Newsletter Jan - Apr 2002

BILL ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

Yet Another Paper Tiger?

Newsletter Jan - Apr 2002

CASE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN AN NGO

No Negotiation On Women’s Right To A Safe Workplace

Newsletter Mar 2001

MAHAUL BADALNA HAI - CURTAINS UP ON A NEW SAHELI PLAY

Newsletter Jul 2000

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

– Supreme Court Guidelines - A Case Study

Newsletter Sep 1998

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

Finally the Supreme Court Acknowledges the Problem

Newsletter Sep 1997

TOWARDS A SAFER WORKPLACE: The Guidelines In Brief

Newsletter Sep 1997

CAUTION! MEN AT WORK

Newsletter Nov 1996