Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace
In accordance with the "Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010 (Amendment, 2022)," Virtual University has established an inquiry committee consisting of three members, including
Virtual University aims to create a safe working environment that is free of harassment, abuse, and intimidation to fulfill their right to work with dignity. It will also enable higher productivity and a better quality of life at work. This Act builds on the principles of equal opportunity for men and women and their right to earn a livelihood without fear of discrimination as stipulated in the Constitution. Act and its amendment links are given below:
As responsible citizens, staff and students, we must be aware of our rights.
All are advised to read the Act's definition of "Harassment" before launching any complaint. The inquiry committee follows the definition of "Harassment" given in the Act, including but not limited to:
“Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, stalking or cyberstalking or other verbal, visual or written communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature or sexually demeaning attitudes, including any gesture or expression conveying derogatory connotation causing interference with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, or the attempt to punish the complainant for refusal to comply to such a request or Is made a condition for employment;
Discrimination on basis of gender, which may or may not be sexual in nature, but which may embody a discriminatory and prejudicial mindset or notion, resulting in discriminatory behavior on basis of gender against the complainant;”
The above is unacceptable behavior in the organization and at the workplace, including any interaction or situation that is linked to official work or official activity outside the office.
Explanation: There are three significant manifestations of harassment in the work environment:
The Above Are Unacceptable Behaviors At the Virtual University of Pakistan.
Procedure for Filing A Complaint:
Before lodging a complaint, the complainant shall make himself/herself understand the definition and explanation of harassment (as illustrated above) and only then should file a complaint.
Contents of the Complaint:
Feel free to inbox us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you face any issue that falls under the domain of harassment, as explained in the Protection against Harassment of women at the Workplace Act, 2010, and Protection against Harassment of women at the Workplace (Amendments) Act, 2022.
You will be heard and protected irrespective of any discrimination, including gender.
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