#मैंभी (#Metoo)

Making Institutions Accountable towards
Women Domestic Workers:
Effective Implementation of
Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013

A program led by women domestic workers in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad, in partnership with MFF, supported by:

India has roughly 4.2 million domestic workers, according to official estimates, a majority of whom are women. Without equitable access to benefits extended under India's Labour Codes, domestic workers experience crippling economic and social vulnerability, exacerbating their risk of facing sexual harassment at work. Caste, class and the prevalence of a stigma and shame around the issue further seals their silence. The COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, is among the few legislations in the country that brings domestic workers in its purview and provides protection from sexual harassment in the workplace. An 2018 MFF study found that at implementation level, the Act is falling short and abuse continues unchecked in large sections.

With #मैंभी (#Metoo), women domestic workers of Delhi and Haryana and MFF, with support from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, aim to change the status quo. Follow and support the initiative, and help empower women domestic workers to be able to seek justice, and work in safe, dignified workplaces.

 

  "For women like me,

  what is #MeToo?

  There is no place

  safe for us."

- a domestic worker from Gurgaon,
as quoted in Human Rights Watch's 2020 report
titled 'No #MeToo for women like us'

What we're doing with #मैभी (#Metoo):

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Women domestic workers support, empower and lean on one another to speak up about instances of workplace sexual harassment and seek justice under the PoSH Act, 2013

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Local Committees and police sensitively and proactively respond to complaints made by women domestic workers, as per their role under the PoSH Act, 2013

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Domestic workers, LCs and police co-develop a procedure for redressal of complaints under the PoSH Act, to maximise impact and justice delivery

 

Latest from the Program:

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August 2021: Women domestic workers in Gautampuri, South East district of Delhi, share their experiences and observations of sexual harassment in their world of work. Read More

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August 2021: Women domestic workers in Mukherjee Nagar, North Delhi, break their silence on the issue of sexual harassment at workplace in a shared, safe, community space. Read More

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August 2021: Women domestic workers in Faridabad, Haryana, discussed what safety means to them. Read More

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August 2021: Training of For #MeToo Champions: Six idenitified community leaders were trained on the issue of sexual harassment at workplace and the Act at MFF Office. Read More

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Women domestic workers in Devli, Delhi open up about their experiences of sexual harassment at the workplace in a Listening Circle. Read More

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Field Facilitators Undergo a Training on Women's Rights, Labour Rights and Discuss Advocacy Strategies. Read More
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Women domestic workers of Noor Nagar, Delhi undertake a Participatory Safety Audit to highlight the lack of safety in their world of work Read More

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Women domestic workers of Jal Vihar, Delhi take part in a Participatory Safety Audit to mark safe and unsafe spaces in their settlement Read More
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Domestic worker leaders participate in a training session on Advocacy Strategies for voicing their right to safety in their world of work Read More

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Women domestic workers of Harijan Basti, Gurgaon undergo a peer led participatory training session on sexual harassment in the workplace and the SHW Act, 2013 Read More
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#MeToo Field Facilitators undergo a training on women’s Rights, labour Rights and discuss advocacy strategies to ensure safety in the workplaces of women domestic workers Read More

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Domestic worker champions take part in a participatory training on Documentation and Participatory Collectivisation methodology to highlight the issue of sexual harassment in their world of work Read More

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Women domestic workers of Noor Nagar participate in a Listening Circle on Gender Based Violence Read More

Meet the #मैंभी (#Metoo) Champions:


Sarita Devi, Gurgaon


Gudiya, Gautampuri


Anima, South Delhi


Helen, Tamil Nadu


Savari Raju, Tamil Nadu


Sister Bibiyana, Jharkhand

Narratives from Women Domestic Workers:

Living with HIV, I am not even sure if I am eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination
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We’re surviving this lockdown by relying on donation drives
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I tested positive because my employers didn’t tell me I was working for a COVID patient
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I tested positive for COVID and my family lost a huge portion of our income
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Kaam wali chahiye? Meri biwi ko rakh lo! Life is very frightening for domestic workers right now
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Kaam milega toh karungi, varna ghar hi baithna padega
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I was scared to take care of a COVID positive patient, but I was desperate too
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My employers aren’t paying me much, but I’m grateful to have a job
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The debt keeps on mounting; I feel I am trapped in a vicious circle
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Yahaan zeher khane ke paise nahi hain, tika kahan se lagvayenge?
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My employer sexually harassed me and threatened to falsely accuse me of stealing.
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I was new to Delhi when I faced sexual harassment at my workplace for the first time.
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I was threatened with police action for speaking up against sexual harassment.
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I was called a liar when I complained about sexual harassment at my workplace.
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I was too scared to talk about my experience of sexual harassment at workplace.
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The police officer refused to file my complaint against sexual harassment at workplace.
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I got so scared when I was stalked at my workplace that I had to quit.
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Learn more about the issue:

Participatory Research Study into the Sexual Harassment of Domestic Workers in Gurgaon and South Delhi
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Women for Women: Redefining Relief for and by Women Domestic Workers in the Second Wave
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Who Safeguards a Woman's Right to a Safe Workplace: A Study of Local Committees across India using RTI Data
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Reimagining the World of Work for Women Domestic Workers: COVID and Beyond
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Postcard Campaign Led by domestic workers of Delhi, Haryana & Chhattisgarh to end sexual harassment in their world of work

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Stitching Stories: A Participatory Action Research by Domestic Workers in Delhi-Gurgaon on Sexual Harassment in their World of Work
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District Level Consultation on Understanding the Safety of Domestic Workers in their Workplaces
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Protecting and Promoting Rights of Domestic Workers in India
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Sexual Harassment of Domestic Workers at their Workplaces
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Watch: Women Domestic Workers Break Their Silence on Sexual Harassment, Demand Safe Workplaces, Now!