A Report on Anti-Harassment Campaign
Organized by: FIEUN Women Committee
Date: 7th September 2018
In order to celebrate hindu’s popular festival Teej, FIEUN women committee organized an anti-harassment program and teej celebration program at Siddhartha Foodland, Purano Baneshwor. In the morning session about 40 women employees from different financial organizations (both public and private sector) have participated in Anti-harassment training and campaign. The morning session training started at 10 A.M. The issue of the meeting was focused around one of the most eminent topics “Workplace harassment; women’s concern, response and prevention”. FIEUN has invited one of the famous media person from Nepal Television (NTV), Mrs. Arati Chataut. She is currently a director of NTV and also a gender analyst. Another resource person for the training was Mr. Subarna Karmacharya, a director of Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC). And the last session of the training was carried out by Mrs. Bandana Sharma, Vice President (Women) of FIEUN national committee. All of the classes were focused around the periphery of Workplace harassments issues in context of Nepalese sector organizations, current Anti-Harassment Act 2071 of Nepal and critical analysis of this act and also the preventive measures to combat such issues in workplace.
At the first keynote presentation “Workplace Harassment; Women’s Concern and Response” sister Arati Chataut (Director, Nepal Television), demonstrate about different types of harassments, women workers are facing at both private and public-sector organizations. As the financial institutions seem to be one of the safer and decent workplace from outside but, according to different incidents, it has been analyzed that it is not safer from inside. Different harassments are done to the women workers at the name of Performance Appraisal. Therefore, in order to combat such grievances women should have strong will power from inside, should be educated and all job segregation should be avoided in order to be entered in all types of jobs.
On the second keynote presentation “Women Workers Rights in Nepal; implementation in workplace” brother Subarna Karmacharya (Director, Nepal Trade Union Congress), highlights about Acts and policies that has been implemented in Nepal’s interim constitutions. He also reveals about different clause and sub clauses present on women workplace rights and social security in Nepal’s government. He also gave examples of different types of rights that are present to protect women and secure her job at the time of maternity in many developed countries like Denmark and Finland. Lastly, he ended the presentation by giving a good example of a Nepalese housewife, who is enrolled in every household activities but, the social eye towards her is just a jobless woman without any work to do.
On the third keynote presentation “Discrimination and Harassment Free Workplace” sister Bandana Sharma (Vice President (Women), FIEUN), demonstrated about research carried out by FIEUN and discusses major analysis found from that research report. She also reveals about the loop-holes present in current Anti-harassment Act of Nepal ,2071 B.S and what can be the upcoming strategies to struggle against such harassments issue in Nepalese sector organizations.
After the first morning session of training the second session started around 2 P.M and was focused on celebration of Hindu Women great festival Teej, a religious, social and cultural festival in Nepal. Around 70 The second session program was Chaired by Women Committee’s Acting President, Mrs. Tika Kala Sharma.The program started with the welcoming remarks of Vice President (Women) of Fieun, Bandana Sharma and teej wishes greetings from two female leaders of Nepal Trade Union Congress, Asha Singh Rathor and Radhika Kuikel. Fraternal greetings of brother Padam Raj regmi (President, FIEUN)
At Last, respected Meena pandey as Chief Guest of the event (Member of Parliament of Nepali congress party) puts her concluding remarks on the auspicious occasion of teej and greetings to all the women participated.
Finally, the program ended up with a wonderful lunch at the periphery and sharing of greetings.