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Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) | Event Date: Thursday, 26th, August 2021

Fempower, HITS organized a Webinar on “Awareness Session on POSH” on 26 August 2021 commemorating “Women Equality Day”. Dr. Sherine Joy, Head, Fempower Centre, HITS welcomed the Speaker, Ms. Raghavi Senthilkumar, Director and Founder, The Headway Academy & Foundation POSH & POSCO certified, Alumna (MBA 2007). Dr. Sherine briefed on the objectives of Fempower and also the importance to know about Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH). She also introduced the resource person to the audience that constituted staff and students of HITS and guests. Ms. Raghavi Senthilkumar is a social entrepreneur, HR consultant, L&D specialist trainer, mentor, coach, educationist, public & Motivational speaker, and a differently abled warrior with 25 prestigious awards.

Speaking on gender equality, Ms. Raghavi quoted the law by the Constitution on “Right to Equality”. She recollected the Criminal Law Amendment Act which was established as an outcome of Mathura rape case and it was further amended after Nirbhaya case. Unfortunate cases lead to implementation of Laws. Women is considered as weaker section till date and there are several laws to protect, the gravity of the offences are still prevalent and law has to fall into action.

Ms. Raghavi elaborated on the law to protect the women in society and the law to protect women being harassed. She emphasized on Gender sensitization, it is a method of understanding the individuals of both the genders, the physical and psychological aspects. She explained briefly on the difference between harassment and sexual harassment. She also expressed the fact that there are inhibitions of victims not opening up when they are harassed, whether it is an institution, workplace, organization or homes.

To make the laws effective it is essential to educate people on the importance of protection of women. Amidst social instabilities, women are employed in huge numbers in workplace, and workspace is shared by men and women. Safety of the women in workplace is vital. Ms. Raghavi also threw light upon POSCO law meant for protecting girls and boys below 18 years of age. Policies for anti-sexual harassment laws and zero tolerance towards sexual harassment were also discussed. The event concluded with interaction by participants. Ms. Pragatha, Asst. Registrar, Coordinator, HITSAA, proposed the vote of thanks.