The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, came into force in 2013, to replace the Vishakha Guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace. However, the media industry in India continues to witness rampant sexual harassment. In many instances, the mandatory requirements of the law are not in place. In others, the setting up of redressal mechanisms such as Internal Committees (IC) has not ensured justice for women journalists and media staff who raise complaints about sexual harassment. This survey, conducted by the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and Gender at Work, is aimed at seeking information about whether and how effectively media houses across the country are responding to the issue. It is intended to be filled by women working in the media.

“Sexual Harassment” at the workplace includes anyone or more of the following unwelcome acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication), namely: 1. Physical contact or advances; 2. A demand or request for sexual favours; 3. Making sexually coloured remarks; 4. Showing pornography; 5. Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature, whether in person, online, through email, phone, WhatsApp or on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Creating a “hostile work atmosphere” also constitutes sexual harassment.

“Media women” are all individuals who identify themselves as women (including trans-women and gender fluid individuals), working in print, electronic, online media, radio, on a full-time, part-time, contract, stringer or freelance basis. It also includes journalism educators, trainers and researchers.

This baseline data will enable us to compile a report and other publicity material to campaign for more effective redressal mechanisms in order to create a workplace free from sexual harassment. Please spare 10 minutes to respond to these questions.

The data from the questionnaire will be kept completely confidential and no individual name or identifiers will be used in any reports or publications without specific consent.

Should you have any queries or complaints regarding the survey, please contact us at media@genderatwork.org.

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