Combating Workplace Sexual Harassment of Women

Wednesday, 20TH April 2016 & Thursday, 21ST April 2016

Sexual harassment undermines the equality at workplace by calling into question individual integrity and the well-being of workers; it damages an enterprise by weakening the bases upon which work relationships are built impairing productivity.
– ILO: Equality in employment and occupation

The incidents of sexual harassment at work place far from being isolated cases are symptomatic of an unacceptably high pattern of gender-based violence whereby women become the targets for sexually harassing behaviour. Rarely a one-off incident, it is a reflection of a sustained course of persistent and pervasive behaviour against women in the work place, iolati g a o a s right to dig ity and a safe work place. The problem of sexual harassment is now legally recognized as an actionable claim, as being violative of the basic tenet of gender equality in the sphere of o e s e ploy e t rights thus, moving away from the primitive language of “eve teasing”, “outraging modesty” and “light-hearted banter”. And that, the responsibility for ensuring that women no longer have to demarche the offensive sexual tendencies of colleagues and bosses, would lie with the employer or those in positions of responsibility and by law, that is how it is meant to be. The onus has therefore changed directions from individual to institutional accountability and, preventive strategies has taken precedence with the focus on preventive policies, procedures and training related to prevention, detection, reduction and prohibition of sexual harassment at workplace.

Albeit all the recent legal developments, the most egregious forms of sexual harassment still afflicts the working women. There is a substantial gap between what is written in law and what is actually happening in the work place. The laws, notifications and circulars have done little to curb this malaise of sexual harassment of women at workplace. Therefore, the proportion of working women benefiting from this law is typically low.

In this context, it is instructive to discuss and understand how there is every probability of a disturbing mismatch between the letter of this law and its actual implementation in the field.

To conclude, the engaged involvement at this seminar should hopefully ensure a high level of deliberation and debate from amongst the participants and generate ideas that could improve the quality of workplace for a woman ensuring her a safe and secure space which is her constitutional equality.



Call for Papers:

We cordially invite the academicians, researchers, students, HR Executives, social activists, law enforcers and representatives of the civil society, to submit their Research Papers on the sub-themes to be covered in different technical sessions during the

National Seminar on Combating Workplace Sexual Harassment to Women. Please note that the sub-themes are mere suggestions for the authors of the papers.



  1. Sexual Harassment at Workplace: A Gender Issue.
  2. Employer’s Liability in cases of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace.
  3. Defining Work place in the context of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace.
  4. Conciliation as a method of resolving cases of sexual harassment at workplace: A Critique.
  5. Nexus between Organizational Practices and prevalence/frequency of Sexual Harassment at workplace- Real cases/experiences.
  6. Implementation Issues.

Research Paper Submission:

An abstract should not exceed 300 words and should not contain foot notes. The completed paper should not be more than 5000 words inclusive of footnotes. The Sub-Theme being taken up in the research paper must be specified.

All the submissions must be made in word format, Titles should be in Font Times New Roman, and bold with font size 14 and all capitals. Sub headings can be bold in size 12 and first letter can be capitalised. The text of the paper should be in font size 12 in Times New Roman format. Line spacing should be 1. 5. Footnotes should conform to the Harvard Blue Book Format, font size 10, Times New Roman and no spacing. Paper submission must accompany a certificate by the author(s) that the paper is his/her original work and has neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.

Schedule for Paper Submission:

Abstract Submission: Authors are requested to send their abstract of 300 words (which should not have foot note) in soft copy format on or before 8thApril, 2016 through an email to:


The manuscripts will be reviewed by the review panel. The decision of the reviewers will be final and binding regarding acceptability of paper as well for deciding the best paper . The decision of the reviewers on the acceptability of the paper will be intimated through email only.

Papers are to be presented by the authors at the seminar held on the 20thand 21stof April, 2016. Details pertaining to presentation of the paper will be communicated to the authors of the accepted papers only by e-mail.

This schedule will be strictly followed. The organizers will not entertain any requests for extension of the deadlines.
The details of the Seminar are also available on:

B-CARL Website: www.bcarl.in
BILS Website: www.bils.ac.in

Fees & Registration

REGISTRATION FEES: On or Before 12thApril, 2016.
Academicians / Working Professionals:
Rs. 1500/-
Research Scholars/Students:
Rs. 1000/-
Amount to be remitted in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of Principal, BILS payable at Bangalore.


Registration is compulsory for all the participants and paper presenters. The registration form duly filled in must be sent along with the demand draft. Student need to get the registration form forwarded and recommended by the Supervisor/ HOD/ Principal. Each co-author of a paper will need to register separately.

The Demand Draft needs to be sent by registered post to:
Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, Vijaya College Campus, R.V. Road, Basavangudi, Bangalore – 560004

Authors submitting their Full papers need to include a scanned copy of the demand draft and the registration form to bcarlseminar@gmail.com.
The e-mail must contain:

  1. Full Paper (with Abstract) –of 5000 words inclusive of Foot notes.
  2. Scanned copy of the Demand Draft.
  3. Filled-in Registration Form.
  4. Brief Bio data of the author with a pass port photo.
  5. Declaration declaring the work is an original work & is not published elsewhere. (Format is sent with the Registration Form).


Best Paper Award: For Faculty Presenter & Student Presenter.

A Panel of Experts on Best Paper Awards will consider outstanding presentations for the designated awards. The decision of the Panel will be final and binding. All accepted papers are eligible for consideration. There will also be an Award for Outstanding Student Paper. The awards for the Best Papers will be announced on the second day of the Seminar. Best Papers will be awarded on the basis of credits earned in Paper Writing Skills and Paper Presentation Skills.


In case accommodation is required do let us know by 10th April, 2016 and, we will help you in booking the accommodation.

Local Hospitality:

Lunch and refreshments (snacks and tea/coffee) during the days of the seminar will be provided by the organizers. The delegates are expected to take care of any additional expenditure incurred by them.

1. Submission of Abstract: 8th April, 2016
2. Submission of Full Paper, filled in
Registration Form and scanned copy of DD along with Declaration Form & Brief Bio Data both as scanned copies at bcarlseminar@gmail.com as well as hard copies to reach us: 12th April, 2016.

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