Gender Sensitization and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) at Workplace

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The program gives you the overall concepts and understanding of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. It also gives you an understanding of the prevailing patriarchal system, masculinity in historic perspectives and various other factors fostering gender discrimination. These have a direct impact on sexual harassment at workplaces which has drawn a lot of visibility through media and governmental institutions. The program illustrates a number of stories, videos, scenarios and self-reflections to internalize the learnings and legal provisions that have been highlighted to address the issues and make the workplace safe and conductive to work at.

Time Commitment 8-9 hours including 5:30 hours of video content.
Who is this program for The target audience for the program is all male & female employees working in corporates and academia.
Language English


Sexual harassment” includes any one or more of the following unwelcome acts or behavior (whether directly or by implication) namely: (1) Physical contact and advances; or (2) A demand or request for sexual favors; or (3) Making sexually colored remarks; or (4) Showing pornography; or (5) Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

  • Sending suggestive written correspondence, either traditionally or electronically.
  • Sharing sexually unsuitable images or videos, such as pornography, with other employees.
  • Continually asking a person out for social events like dates.
  • Sharing vulgar jokes or sexual anecdotes.
  • Gazing at a person in a sexually suggestive or distasteful manner, or whistling.
  • Making sexual remarks about appearance or body parts.
  • Non-stop babbling of a sexual nature.
  • Sexual glances such as leering and ogling with distasteful overtones.
  • Cornering or rough treatment of an employee

The consequences to the individual employee can be many and serious. In some situations, a harassed woman risks losing her job or the chance for a promotion if she refuses to give in to the sexual demands of someone in authority. In other situations, the unwelcome sexual conduct of co-workers makes the working conditions hostile and unpleasant- putting indirect pressure on her to leave the job. Sometimes, the employee is so traumatized by the harassment that she suffers serious emotional and physical consequences and very often, becomes unable to perform her job properly.

These are the Internal Committees/IC and the Local Committees/LC. These Committees serve double purposes, namely, to inquire into complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace and also to generate awareness and take preventive steps in order to ensure that the work environment is conducive to the participation of women employee.

The constitution of the ICC includes:

  • At least half of the total members to be women.
  • Presiding Officer- senior level woman employee.
  • At least two members nominated from the amongst employees preferably committed to the cause of women or who have experience in social work.
  • Equal pay
  • Harassment
  • Career opportunities
  • Having children while building a career
  • Work-life balance
  • Equal pay for the jobs or roles which are the same.
  • No barriers for women to participate fully in the workplace
  • No discrimination against women with regards to their family and caregiving responsibilities.
  • Equal access to leadership positions.
  • Speak up and say “NO”.
  • Confront the harasser and explain how you felt.
  • Document the incident, note down witnesses, and gather the evidence.
  • Take it to the HR or to the POSH Committee or to the management.

Comprehensive Assessment

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