Bandipora admin holds seminar on sexual harassment of women at work place

BANDIPORA: The district administration Bandipora Tuesday organised a day-long seminar on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace’ and ‘Women Empowerment’ at Conference Hall of Mini-Secretariat.
The seminar was attended by female employees of various departments including Education, Social Welfare, ICDS and Health, besides female students from several schools of the district.
The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, was the chief guest on the occasion while Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir was the guest of honour. Deputy Chief Education Officer Rafiq Ahmad Parray, District Social Welfare Officer Altaf Hussain and other senior officers of the district were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner urged female employees not to tolerate any kind of harassment at the work place and to speak up against it so that no one is emboldened by women’s silence. He said a committee has already been constituted at the district level, wherein women employees can register their complaints in case of harassment. He said similar committees have also been constituted at the Tehsil level and in educational institutions. He urged the women employees to feel free to complain before the complaint committee in case of any sexual harassment at the workplace.
He called for similar sensitisation programmes to be held for male employees so that they are also sensitised about the issues. He said the objective of the seminar was to make womenfolk aware of the provisions regarding the Act related to protection against Sexual Harassment of Women.
On the occasion, the speakers said that a safe work place is every women’s right. Speakers including Dr Nuzhat Wali, Aamira Wali, Farah Deeba, Afsha Nazir and Iqra Majeed Shah delivered speeches on the relevant topics and highlighted different aspects of work place harassment. They urged the women folk not to remain silent about the issue and stressed the need to speak up against it so it can be checked.
Students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Bandipora presented a skit on the topic on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner Zahoor Ahmad Mir said that the administration has recently established One-Stop Centre (OSC) and Mahila Shaktee Kendra that are being run exclusively for women by women staff. He said the centre is being made fully functional as the recruitment process has also been completed.
He said the centre serves women affected by violence in private or at public places, within the family, the community or at the workplace. He said the centre has representatives from the Health and Education departments, the administration, and the police besides resource persons from various departments to assist the aggrieved womenfolk. He said the OSC is the place of women managed by women and for women where women can walk in without any fear and can discuss their problems freely.