Gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man.
The aim of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve broadly equal outcomes for women and men, not exactly the same outcome for all individuals.
To achieve this requires the workplaces to provide equal pay for women and men for work of equal or comparable value, the removal of barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, access to all occupations and industries, including leadership roles, for women and men, elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender, particularly in relation to family and caring responsibilities for both women and men.
Achieving gender equality is important for workplaces not only because it is ‘fair’ and ‘the right thing to do’, it is also vitally important to the bottom line of a business and the productivity of our nation.
Gender Inequality, in simple words, may be defined as discrimination against women based on their sex. Women are traditionally considered by the society as weaker sex. They have been accorded subordinate position to men. They are often exploited, degraded, violated and discriminated both in the homes and in the outside world. This peculiar type of discrimination against women is prevalent everywhere in the world of work and more so in the Indian society.
Adopting a gender sensitive approach at the work place is gaining a lot of importance in the current scenario. Interactions with customers, amongst colleagues and professional contacts such as vendors and other stakeholders, call for a gender sensitive code of conduct so as to ensure maximum efficiency and productivity, while furthering the brand in question.
Now a days, the men & women, both share equal space in the working area. Still, As per the recent surveys, the so called ‘male dominant society’ creates difficult environment for their female colleagues. Even the major Corporate giants are no exception. Cases are being reported from large and small companies irrespective of a stringent law in place. Every other day a new challenge is being moved before the Courts in India. The relevant law is The Sexual Harassment of Woman at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 (the Act) (POSH Act). Among other things, the Act mandates the dignity of women at workplace.
India CSR POSH Summit (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) & Awards for Inclusive Workplace will be held on 5 June at New Delhi. The motive behind organising summit is to deliberate on best practices and recognize organisations that have believed and excelled in creating safe workplace and respectful culture. ‘India CSR POSH Awards’ is a premium honour in the area of ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) in Work Place’ in India. It is a large scale Awards that recognise and reward organisations for the best practices in the area of inclusive workplace. It is very much relevant for larger companies, working towards inclusive workplace agenda.
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