Making Institutions Accountable
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'
Watch: Women Domestic Workers Break Their Silence on Sexual Harassment, Demand Safe Workplaces, Now!