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Sexual Harassment Awareness in Indian Factories: Survey Results

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On December 9, 2013, The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act came into force in India. The Act is to ensure that women are protected against sexual harassment in the workplace in a country where sexual harassment of women has historically been an issue.

ELEVATE was curious as to what progress, if any, has been made in the workplace as a result of this legislation, so in July and August 2014, ELEVATE conducted a survey of more than 600 workers and managers in five Indian factories to gain insight into female and male workers' and management's perspectives on the matter.

The survey measured workers' knowledge of sexual harassment. These questions focused on:

  • What workers think constitutes sexual harassment
  • Who workers think is responsible to maintain a harassment free environment at work
  • To what extent workers think women claim rape to protect their images
  • To what extent workers think women say "no" to sex when they really mean "yes"
  • To what extent workers know about the India Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act.

This survey on the issue of sexual harassment is one of the first tangible project initiatives to assess workers' level of awareness, training, experience and perception of sexual harassment in the workplace since the implementation of the Act in India. In this webinar, you will hear a presentation of the findings, the most important takeaways, and what can be done in the future to ensure forward progress on this issue.

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