Inauguration of the Workshop on “Gender Awareness – Breaking down barriers and solving problems” – Kashmir Reader

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SRINAGAR: With the aim of raising awareness of gender issues and raising awareness of the provisions of the 2013 law on sexual harassment of women in the workplace (prevention, prohibition and redress), a one-day workshop on “ Gender Awareness – Breaking Down Barriers and Fighting Issues ”was organized by the Committee on Gender Awareness and Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace, High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Srinagar Wing, in association with J&K Judicial Academy and J&K Legal Services Authority at District Court Complex, Srinagar.
The workshop was organized under the patronage of Judge Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, (Chief Patron, J&K Judicial Academy), under the guidance of Judge Ali Mohammad Magrey, Judge , High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Chair of Gender Awareness and Internal Complaints Committee and Counsel to Judge Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Chair of Judicial Education and Training Program Committee, Judge Tashi Rabstan, Judge Sindhu Sharma, Judge Sanjay Dhar, Judge Javed Iqbal Wani, members of the cum review Judicial Education and Training Program Committee, for members of the Internal Gender Awareness Complaints Committee (GSICC), J&K and Ladakh High Court, the Srinagar wing and the Local Gender Awareness Complaints Committee (GSLCC) of the districts of Kashmir Province and Kargil District.
Judge Ali Mohammad Magrey, Judge, High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Chair of the Gender Awareness and Internal Complaints Committee opened the workshop.
Sanjay Parihar, Director, J&K Judicial Academy, Shabnam Kamili, ICDPS J&K Mission Director and Gulafroz Jan Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Faculty of Legal Studies, Central University, Kashmir were the resource persons of the workshop while Jeema Bashir, Senior Director The District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar was also present on the occasion.
In his inaugural address, Judge Magrey underlined the importance of raising awareness and awareness on gender issues for men and women. He underscored the need for mutual respect between genders for building a strong nation and highlighted key provisions of the law, especially those relating to its procedural aspects. He stressed the importance of the workshop to create a safe and healthy environment for women in the organization, which results in better performance and fosters a positive work culture.
During the technical sessions, Sanjay Parihar explained the concept of gender awareness through a detailed PowerPoint presentation. It sensitized participants on facets of socially assigned gender roles and widespread discrimination in society resulting from gender bias. He also explained the legal aspects of the law and the judicial precedents on this point and advised the participants to develop a gender sensitive approach with the aim of the productive participation of women in the workplace.
Shabnam Shah Kamili, Mission Director, ICDPS briefed participants on the provisions of the 2013 law on sexual harassment of women in the workplace (prevention, prohibition and redress), with particular reference to the establishment of various committees , the process for investigating complaints of sexual harassment within institutions and the sentence provided for by law. She explained that the legislative provisions of the law aim to provide a protective framework against sexual harassment of women in the workplace and to ensure its meaningful inclusion and constructive participation in the development process.
Gulafroz Jan looked at various aspects of gender awareness, including the social construction of gender and gender roles. She briefed the participants on issues such as gender discrimination, stereotypes, prejudices and gender equality. She stressed the need for a positive and equality-oriented approach while engaging in interactions within society.
Later, an interactive session took place in which participants deliberated and discussed various aspects of the topic and raised issues that were satisfactorily resolved by the resource persons.







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