Gender Amity Committee

Introduction


The Vishaka Guidelines against Sexual Harassment mandates that “it shall be the duty of the employer or other responsible persons in work places or other institutions to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment and to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts, of sexual harassment by taking all steps required”. These guidelines have been further delineated in the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) at Workplace Act 2013, in which it is outlines that sexual harassment constitutes the following:

  • Physical contact and advances; or
  • A demand or request for sexual favours; or
  • Making sexually coloured remarks; or
  • Showing pornography; or
  • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature

Sexual harassment will include stalking and persistent efforts to meet, use social media-e-mail, facebook, whatsapp, smses, etc. to contact, malign a woman.

The Gender Amity Committee (GAC) of TISS works towards ensuring sensitisation and awareness amongst all members of the TISS community regarding gender inequality and sexual harassment. Within the Gender Amity Committee, Internal Committee shall address the issues as per the 2013 Act based on complaints submitted by aggrieved women. The Gender Amity Committee shall address complaints beyond those specified in the Act 2013.

Gender Amity Committee will also ensure overall support for persons with sexual and gender non-normative behaviour and expressions as per the UGC guidelines of 2015 and develop mechanisms to sensitise and work with the TISS community on such issues.