Session on Gender Sensitization

SIIB Auditorium | June 04, 2024 | 10:45 AM–12:30 PM 

Batch 2024-26 | Participants – 250+

Panelists’ Name and Designation: Ms. Renuka Mukadam, BA Psychology & Sociology, POSH Consultant & Trainer.

On June 4th, Ms. Renuka Mukadam, POSH Consultant & Trainer conducted a session on ‘Gender Sensitization’ as part of the induction training programme. The purpose of this session was to raise awareness about sexual harassment and to introduce the role of the Internal Committee of SIU. It was an interactive session where students actively participated and shared their perspectives on various case studies that were discussed.

The session commenced with a brief screening of a video clip titled ‘Purl’, which emphasized the significance of inclusivity and a sense of belonging in the workplace. The video prompted reflection on the challenges of conforming to societal norms under peer pressure and the importance of embracing diverse viewpoints. It underscored the significance of initiating change oneself, fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment, and valuing each individual for their unique contributions.

Following the video, several case studies were presented to illustrate real-life scenarios involving different forms of sexual harassment, including verbal, physical, power-driven, and quid pro quo situations. The session emphasized the principle that the impact of one’s actions often outweighs their intent, highlighting the importance of maintaining professionalism and respecting boundaries even in the absence of explicit consent from the other party. Additionally, key laws such as the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013 were discussed to familiarize students with their rights and recourse options.

Students were also briefed about the composition and responsibilities of the SIU Internal Committee, which comprises 50% women, along with two student representatives and one external member. They were encouraged to approach the committee freely if they encountered any instances of harassment or felt the need for support. The session concluded with an engaging Q&A session where students had the opportunity to seek clarification and further discuss the topics covered.

Overall, the session proved to be an informative and thought-provoking experience, empowering students with knowledge and resources to foster a safe and respectful work environment.

Key Takeaways:

“Recognizing the importance of holding oneself and others accountable for promoting a respectful and inclusive workplace culture.”
— Rucha Joshi, IB 2024-26

“Informative and very inclusive session. She clearly mentioned and included everyone. She knew how to keep the audience engaged. Great learnings from the session”
— Aryananda SR, ABM 2024-26

“The gender sensitivity talk was enlightening and highlighted the major issues faced in terms of sexual harassment and inclusivity by students at the campus and as professionals in the future. It also created a safe space for us to communicate freely and share our thoughts regarding the same”
— Tanushree Bhindwale E&E, 2024-26