Women Empowerment

"Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a family"

Introduction

Krishna Engineering College

One of the best Engineering Colleges in Ghaziabad, has a fully functional Women Empowerment Cell (WEC) in the college campus. With a view to take up women’s issues and problems, the cell aims at creating awareness of their rights and duties. It also provides a platform for women to share their experiences and views regarding their status in the society and to suggest ways to improve and empower them. WEC stands for facilitating Women's Empowerment through Guest Lectures, Seminars, Awareness Programmes and other welfare activities.

Objectives

  • Gender Equality-

    The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. We promote this ideology with well-crafted mechanism from time to time.

  • Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Nondiscrimination -

    We aim to ensure, with the help of management, the work policies and practices are free from Gender-based discrimination.

  • Health, Safety and Freedom from Sexual harassment-

    We have established a Zero-Tolerance policy towards all forms of violence at work, including verbal or physical abuse and to prevent sexual harassment. Strict policy has been formed against sexual harassment cases. We aim to provide basic health related support system in college and wish to conduct workshop to make women aware of safety at work place and outside.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • To ensure the rights of women are protected in the institute and they work or study at KEC with equal status and rights.

  • To motivate girl students to undertake activities that strengthen their confidence and make them believe in themselves.

  • To train female faculty & staff members and students about general Economic and Social issues.

  • To make people explore themselves by indulging in new activities.

  • To conduct workshops with motive to train girls about Self-Defense, Health Benefits and Skill Development.

  • To empower females to face difficult times at home and workplace.

  • To conduct NSS activities related to women, for their upliftment and growth.

  • To bridge the gap between students and teachers by relating them personally and suggesting them for some good cause.

  • To strengthen female sweepers and lower cadre workers of KEC by educating them in the best possible way, with the motive of making their lives better.

  • To ensure that appropriate action is taken against sexual offenders.

  • To ensure that victims and witnesses are not victimized or discriminated because of their complaint.

  • To take proactive measures towards sensitization of the KEC community on Gender Issues to make KEC an excellent work place for all.

Programs @ WEC:

  • All girl students were made aware about the Vishakha guidelines and the safety measures by members of Women Empowerment Cell.

  • A session by women achievers of different fields to motivate the girl students of KEC.

  • A session with gynecologist on health issues.

  • Nukkad natak held at the KEC premises on certain social issues.

  • Session on privacy issues about the social websites and other computer related knowledge.

  • Women Cell sub unit in each department has been formed.

  • Email ID has been generated regarding eve teasing, problem arising in campus and hostels.

  • Girl's common room has been made by WEC.

  • Appointed lady doctor in college campus.

Activities:

WEC conducts various events such as Poster Making Competition, Extempore, Painting & Rangoli Competition (Faculty), Boy vs Girls Debate, Skit (Social issues) etc. Women Empowerment Cell of Krishna Engineering College also had various workshops conducted on:

  • Soft Skill training

  • Training on Martial Arts for self defense

  • Workshop on Employability

  • Workshop on " Awareness about mental, sexual harassment and grooming"

  • Stress management. (Off – Session)

  • Fun Activity Day for female faculties.

  • NSS activities by students and faculty members (All can participate)

Women Empowerment Cell Team

Krishna Engineering College

Has an active Women Empowerment Cell which was formed on 15th September 2014 to facilitate and empower all women folk of KEC and aiming to provide them a healthy environment.

In case of any query following cell members may be contacted:-

Vishaka Guidelines

The Vishaka Guidelines were a set of procedural guidelines for use in India in cases of sexual harassment. They were promulgated by the Indian Supreme Court in 1997 and were superseded in 2013 by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.

  • Background

    Pre-1997 the person facing sexual harassment at workplace had to lodge a complaint under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 that deals with the 'criminal assault of women to outrage women's modesty', and Section 509 that punishes individual/individuals for using a 'word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

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  • Vishakha vs. State of Rajasthan

    In 1997, the Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment in the same Vishaka case laying down guidelines to be followed by establishments in dealing with complaints about sexual harassment.Vishaka Guidelines were stipulated by the Supreme Court of India, in Vishakha and others v State of Rajasthan case in 1997, regarding sexual harassment at workplace.

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  • What is sexual harassment

    Sexual harassment includes such unwelcome sexually determined behavior (whether directly or by implication) as:

    1. Physical contact and advances;

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  • Employer's obligations

    Note that the Vishaka Guidelines are not sufficient for legal compliance for employers as the same has been replaced by a full fledged statute of the Parliament. Although the statute mostly retains the framework provided in the Guidelines, there are significant differences and it is the statute that the employers must follow. For instance, the definition of sexual harassment has significantly changed.

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  • From Guidelines to Act

    The Sexual harassment at workplace Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on the 2nd of September, 2012.It is now The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. It defines sexual harassment as laid down by the Supreme Court in Vishakha and others v State of Rajasthan (1997) case.

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  • Recommendations

    National Commission for Women has asked the government to ensure constitution of Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines in its departments, institutions and autonomous bodies to address such cases.It has also recommended conducting gender sensitisation workshops for top level management officials. NCW recommended publicizing committee using posters,etc.

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