Training of Protection Against Harassment of Women with Disabilities
The training on the Implementation of Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 for Persons with Disabilities was conducted by the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) in Peshawar on 15th November 2021. The program was held under the project “Gender Equality,” which was generously funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pakistan.
The primary aim of the training was to enhance awareness and understanding of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010, with a specific focus on the challenges faced by women with disabilities in the workplace. By addressing these issues, the training aimed to promote a safe and inclusive working environment for all.
- Inclusive Approach: The training adopted an inclusive approach by catering to the specific needs and requirements of persons with disabilities. Accommodations such as sign language interpreters, accessible materials, and other assistive technologies were provided to ensure the full participation of all attendees.
- Legal Framework: Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 and its provisions. The Act aims to prevent and redress harassment incidents at workplaces, ensuring that every employee, regardless of gender or disability, is protected.
- Sensitization and Awareness: The program emphasized the importance of creating a culture of respect and sensitivity towards persons with disabilities in the workplace. Participants were educated about the unique challenges faced by women with disabilities and how they can be effective allies in promoting a supportive environment.
- Reporting Mechanisms: Practical sessions were conducted to teach participants about the reporting mechanisms available under the Act. They learned how to effectively report incidents of harassment and the steps that employers should take to address such complaints promptly and discreetly.
- Role of Employers and Managers: The training highlighted the role of employers and managers in fostering a safe and inclusive workplace. They were encouraged to implement proactive policies and practices to prevent harassment and discrimination against employees with disabilities.
- Empowerment: Women with disabilities were empowered through the training to assert their rights and seek support when faced with harassment or discrimination. The program encouraged them to be confident and vocal about their needs and rights within the workplace.
- Networking Opportunities: The event provided a platform for participants to network and build connections with individuals and organizations working towards gender equality and disability inclusion in the workplace.
The Training on Implementation of Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 for Persons with Disabilities, organized by STEP under the project “Gender Equality,” supported by UNFPA Pakistan, made significant strides in advancing the rights and safety of women with disabilities in the workplace. By increasing awareness, promoting inclusivity, and empowering individuals, the training contributed to creating a more equitable and supportive work environment for everyone.