#MeToo: Hindustan Times to organise mandatory workshops for employees

Ad women's The Collective in the process of formulating action plan for independent body to address sexual harassment.

e4m by Venkata Susmita Biswas
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 7:30 AM

Following numerous revelations about sexual harassment at the workplace, media organisations and leaders in the industry are beginning to take corrective measures. 

On Thursday, Hindustan Times sent a mail to all employees stating that the organisation will be conducting weekly workshops on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act. The first workshop will be held on October 15. Documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra will conduct four workshops, two of which will take place on October 17 and 18. These workshops will be held every Monday until November 5.

The mail sent from the office of the Editor-in-chief said that the intent of this exercise is to “allow a free discussion on issues that seem to be confusing all of us, when it comes to the important matter of consent, rejection, entitlement, and other things.” Attending these workshops is mandatory for all employees, the mail said. 

In the world of advertising, a women’s collective mooted the idea of an independent body to address the issues of harassment on Wednesday evening. The ad women are in the process of “formulating the strategy and action plan” for the independent body, Lulu Raghavan, MD, Landor India, told exchange4media. She said that the process should be complete by early next week. 

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