"One of the most pervasive ways of subjugation, intimidation and discrimination against women in the workplace is sexual harassment."
- Dr. Martha Farrell    

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 makes it MANDATORY for employers in India to provide a safe working environment for women. Duties of employers as mandated by law are to:

  1. Observe guidelines to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment within the workplace, and
  2. Provide adequate mechanisms for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts of sexual harassment.

It mandates the constitution of an Internal and Local Complaints Committee at the institutional and district levels including orientation of all staff. Having a Third Party Facilitator in such a committee is also made mandatory.

According to data compiled by National Commission for Women (NCW) there is a noticeable rise in sexual harassment at workplace in India
Penalties, risks and losses for non-compliance are severe.
Fine of INR 50,000 Cancellation of business licenses imprisonment, fine or BOTH

Low productivity due to impaired judgement, compromised teamwork, demotivation, absenteeism, etc Hindered organistional success due to lack of trust. Tarnished brand name and market position
The Martha Farrell Foundation can help you and your organization to become a safe workplace -- by becoming compliant with the law, ensuring the effective functioning of your internal complaints committee, and by offering training for young workers to become third party facilitators.
We can help you protect your organization from unnecessary risks, liabilities and sanctions:

  • Framing a comprehensive anti-sexual harassment policy.
  • Constituting an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)
  • Conducting Capacity building/ training programmes on the issue of Prevention and redressal of Sexual harassment at workplace through online and face to face modes:
  • For all levels of employees
  • For internal complaints committee members and senior staff
  • Third Party Representation on internal complaints.
  • Developing informative guidebooks, manuals, posters and other IEC materials.
  • Advice and guide the management and Internal Complaints Committee on legal and practical aspects of dealing with the issue.

We prepare individual to become external members and perform their roles effectively as third party facilitators in internal and local complaints committee through an intensive training and coaching programme.

We are offering fellowships to interested practitioners and social work students to:

  • Undertake action-oriented research on the topic
  • Get advanced certification and join a pool of trainers

Third Party Facilitator trainings


This training provides participants with the opportunity to gain  comprehensive knowledge of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prohibition, Prevention and Redressal) Act, 2013, and the practical skills necessary to become a professional third party facilitator. It is aimed at creating a pool of trainers who can be third party facilitators on internal complaints committees of other companies or organizations as mandated by this law.

Third Party Facilitator: Champion's Success Stories

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Open Forum Discussion

The programme recognises that there is a paucity of trained professionals who are sensitive in their approach to address SHW. It envisages that all workplaces in every district, block and city in the country are safe for all women. It also envisages that every committee (internal as well as local) have trained and sensitive individuals as committee members. The programme conducts trainings and open forum discussions on the issue. The foundation also recognises that there are not enough spaces for conversations around the issue of sexual harassment at workplace. It aims to address this gap by inviting individuals (both male and female) representing different sectors of workforces for these invitations. We call them Open forum discussions.

If you would like to know more about how the Foundation can help you, please write to Nandita Bhatt (nandita.bhatt@pria.org) or call her on +91-9910048333

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