Author: Shristee Bisht, Student at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University
Achieving economic independence for women has been central to the notion of gender equality across the globe. With the onset of global economic and industrial distribution, women have access to developmental opportunities. Women, who are in urban as well as in rural areas in particular, are improving their lives through access to quality education and employment opportunities. Women have always been exposed to misconduct, gender, workplace bullying or even harassment by male superiors. It is an expression of the patriarchal culture that permeates society and promotes power-based authority. It ultimately creates violent employment culture/opportunities when female workers are at a risk of being victimized and harassed. Sexual harassment at work has been identified as one of the most frequent crimes against women. They have become victims of discrimination against their sexual assault victims. Sometimes women raise their voices in protest of such injustices but are usually buried later fearing the consequences such as social stigma, mental harassment, effects on the continued employment.
Keywords: Feminist Jurisprudence, Gender Discrimination, Human Rights, Sexual Harassment of Women, Women Empowerment, Sexual harassment, women, workplace, (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.