Sexual Harassment Current Affairs - 2019
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The National Commission for Women (NCW) has come out with dedicated e-mail address ([email protected]) to report instances of sexual harassment at workplace. On receiving complaint mail, NCW will take forward complaints of sexual harassment at workplace received so that appropriate action may be taken, as per law.
The launch of dedicated e-mail address comes after several such complaints were made by women from various fields to NCW by women who have narrated their ordeal under the ‘#Metoo’ movement on social media. It is also pursuance of NCW’s objective of zero tolerance of sexual harassment of women at all workplaces and commitment to ensure safety and dignity of women including at all workplaces. Recently NCW had received many formal written complaints from various women about instances of sexual harassment at their workplace.
National Commission for Women (NCW)
NCW is a statutory body established under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. It was established in January 1992 to review the constitutional and legal safeguards for women. It recommends remedial legislative measures, advise Government on all policy matters affecting women and facilitate redressal of grievances related to women.
Time magazine has named ‘the silence breakers’ as its Person of the Year for 2017. It was referring to those individuals, mostly women, who came forward this year with #MeToo movement to publicly expose patterns of sexual harassment and assault by powerful public figures in United States.
Those recognized by Time range from famous actresses who took on disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to ordinary women who shared their stories of abuse using hashtag #MeToo. One of figures singled out by Time magazine is Ashley Judd was first actress to come forward on record to make accusations against Weinstein.
Sexual harassment has always been a glaring and disturbing reality across the world. The online movement with hashtag had showed that how two simple words on social media can help to create revolution by unburdening millions of women, men and transgenders of the secret they had withheld.
Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’
The Person of the Year is an annual honour bestowed by the Times magazine. It was started in 1927. Every year it is announced in month of December. It is given to person who is most influenced in the news during the year and is chosen for better or worse cases in the news.