Feb 16, 2015

Work Harassment - We need education

This is considered to be one the forbidden topics in Pakistan. We don't talk about it at our homes, our schools don't teach us. We learn it or hear it form our friends or society which results in misleading information and because of this we fell into harassment behaviors on different levels. Its such a miserable situation that sometime even attacker don't know that he is committing a crime which is strictly punishable by law. 

Most of the the time victim is also unaware of his/her rights and number of cases went unreported. We need to teach our children at school, above ad is one kind of example which should be appreciated. I did some R&D there number of organization working women rights if you are victim of work harassment don't be silent and report it immediately to authorities.

Pakistan is a developing country comprising of a patriarchal society with well-defined gender specific behaviors. The general consensus in the society holds men as the dominant, powerful and superior beings, whereas, women are often considered as weak and powerless in the society. These diverse views have led to a clear distinction between the rights of men and women across all sectors of the economy and resultant, women have not been able to fully contribute to Pakistan’s development. Despite the Government of Pakistan’s (GoP) efforts in increasing the number of women employees for the last several years, the minimum quota for 5 per cent remain unfilled.

In 2010, President Asif Ali Zardari passed a Bill, titled, “Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act” while recognizing sexual harassment as not only an issue but a punishable crime. 

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Definition of Harassment:

Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favour or other verbal or written communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature or sexually demeaning attitudes, 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 request or is made a condition for employment. Federal Ombudsman Secretariat For Protection Against Harassment of Women At Work Place

How does sexual harassment occur at workplaces?

According to the 2010 law, sexual harassment manifests itself at a workplace in following three forms

  • “Abuse of authority” or Quid Pro Quo harassment …..demand of sexual favors by a person in authority; a supervisor, a person in higher management, employer, and making it a condition of obtaining certain job benefits which may  include
  • Wage increase
  • Promotion (to a higher grade)
  • Training opportunity (within or outside the country)
  • Transfer (to another place, department etc)
  • Job itself
  • “Creation of Hostile Working Environment”
  • any unwelcome advances ,
  • request for sexual favor,
  • other verbal or physical conduct ,Which interferes with individual’s work performance or creates a hostile and intimidating work environment
  • Retaliation….If the victim refuses to grant sexual favors, the perpetrator can retaliate in following ways: 
  • Limiting an employee’s options for training, future promotions
  • Distorting the evaluation (annual confidential reports)
  • Generating gossip against the employee
  • Limiting access to his/her rights (right to complain, right to work with dignity, right to promotions, wage increases etc)

What types of punishments are provided under the law?

If you lodged complaint within your organization i.e. to inquiry committee, following two types of punishments can be given to the guilty person. The Competent Authority can impose one or more of the following penalties on recommendations of inquiry committee.

Minor Penalties
  • Censure
  • Withholding increment or promotion, for a specific period of time
  • Stopping at an efficiency bar in timescale, for a specific period of time
  • Recovering compensation from pay or any other source of guilty person (this compensation has to be paid to victim)

Major Penalties
  • Reduction to a lower post or lower time-scale
  • Compulsory retirement
  • Dismissal from service  (it disqualifies for re-employment)
  • Removal from service
  • Fine
  • While, if you have lodged your complaint directly to Police, the convict can be imprisoned for a maximum term of 3 years, or fined with a maximum sum of PKR 5 Lakh or with both.

Government of Pakistan have defined it very clearly


AASHA means “hope” – a hope to root out harassment especially of women from the society.

ASSHA Web Site

ActionAid Pakistan:
H# 08, St. # 31, F-7/1, Islamabad, Pakistan.
House No 657, Street No 75 I-8/3, Islamabad
Tel No: +92-51-4437957, 4318054 web: www.bedari.org.pk
Email: bedari@bedari.org.pk 
Hawwa Associates
Hawwa Crafts, 1st Floor, Mount View Plaza, Super market, Markaz F-6, Islamabad 
Tel No: 051-2275157
E-Mail: hawwalhr@hotmail.com 
House No:26-A, Street No: 55, F-7/4, Islamabad
Interactive Resource Centre (IRC)
Piler Building, ST- 001, Sector X, Sub-sector V, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi, Pakistan. 75340
102-B, Nawab Town , Raiwind road, Lahore
Potohar Organization for
Development Advocacy (PODA)
House No. 33-B, Street No. 16,
Sector F-7/2, Islamabad - Pakistan
Ph: (051) 2609743, 2609744
Fax: (051) 2609742
Email: info@poda.org.pk
H # 459, St. # 73, Sector F-11/1

Tel #: +92-51-2224465
Email: aqsa.khan@word.org.pk
Website: www.word.org.pk
Preview Productions

Second Floor, Block 12, School Road,
Super Market, Markaz F-6, Islamabad

Tel #: +92-51-2829824
Email: sajmunir@hotmail.com

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