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Gender Bias at Workplace

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The article by Punam Sahgal and Aastha Dang, “Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Experiences of Women Managers and Organisations” (EPW, 2 June 2017), reflects the increasing rate of sexual harassment  of working women despite the fact that they are well educated and in a position to leave and opt for alternate livelihood opportunities. The writers’ argument holds water that sexual harassment at the workplace reflects men’s aggression against women who occupy positions traditionally in men’s purview.

The policies and work culture of economic organisations need to introduce parity between men and women in the workplace and management. Women should be assured that their complaints will not fall on deaf ears and they will be provided speedy justice. Women mostly refrain from registering complaints owing to the notion that far from justice they might be handed out defamation and neglect by the investigating officials.

Women are forced to keep quiet about their sexual abuses until it is beyond tolerance. However, to neglect or bear minor sexual abuses is routine owing to the fears of social stigma and the prospect of job loss, especially if the perpetrator is the boss. The social construction of gender invisibilises this structural violence which prevails both in the family and workplace, with women, more often than not, consenting to this male hegemonic culture.

There is a need to change the mindset along with the legal system. We must shun gender-biased morality and modernity.

Supriya Singh

University of Lucknow,

Lucknow

 

Updated On : 16th Jun, 2017

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