Conduct Sexual Harassment Workshops For All Your Employees To Prevent Future Abuse #MeToo

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India’s #MeToo moment is here! And women are no longer keeping quiet.

Harrowing stories of abuse are being shared on social media.

“So I gave him a hug to say goodnight. He took my face in that moment, held right and kissed my mouth; tongue and all. It was all I could do to not jump out of the window and fly home. I scrambled for the door, muttered a goodnight and ran.”

Allegations of sexual harassment against senior editors in the Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA and principal correspondent of Business Standard have showcased that big media houses have not done enough to ensure a healthy work environment for women.

It is time this changes. Join me in asking the heads of The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Business Standard and DNA to conduct workshops to address sexual harassment for all the employees of their newspapers.

The Times of India staff, in light of the recent revelations have already petitioned the editor to “carry out a thorough and swift investigation”.

They have also said in the letter, “As a newspaper that has actively covered the #MeToo movement and written edits thundering against sexual harassment at workplaces, the least we can do is practice what we preach.”

There is so much more that the Times of India and other newspapers can do. As a woman, I am tired of the double standards followed by newspapers.

I think it’s time for The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Business Standard and DNA as market leaders and as the most renowned media houses in the country to walk the talk and set a strong precedent for others to follow.

Many a times employees are not aware of sexual harassment policy of an organisation. They don’t know who to report to or how to file a complaint. Many a times there is confusion about what constitutes sexual harassment.

That’s why, sexual harassment workshops are important to ensure that employees know their rights and have clear guidelines on how to behave in the workplace.

These media houses have a moral obligation to conduct these workshops because it is the organisation that needs to ensure that there is an environment of safety and enabling the harassed to report.

Sign my petition and ask India’s biggest newspapers to stand by their employees and set a strong precedent for other media organisations to follow.