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Stopping VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

January 15, 2013 1 comment

Friends, My GOD!!! This is much more dangerous than I was thinking…Many women organizations across world are pushing for this in a co-ordinate way…Draft version of the bill does not say a word about violence against MEN. Believe me we need to mark our strong protest. I am sure Gorky and other senior members are chalking out a strategy for all of us but it is the duty and responsibility of each of us to contribute and do our bit to stop this. Before discussing further please understand the seriousness of the problem. Just Google I-VAWA and you know they have already done planning to…

…Finish MEN…

…Make MEN slave…

…To make further gender biased laws…

…Accelerate the process of misuse…

So what we need to do?

I am spending some time on it to come up with simple ways for our members to participate and mark our protest…

They are…

  • Poll – One initiative is open on http://bhavyafoundation.org/
  • Send protest letters
  • Send protest emails
  • Each blog of all members will host protest letters
  • Write comments for each article
  • Start collecting mass signatures against it. We will do it tomorrow at Candle Light Protest
  • All websites to put flash news (blinking) on the home page

 

Guys believe me, at first I did not understood the seriousness of the problem. If this bill is passed then it is going to be disaster.

http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-Why-Stop-CEDAW-IVAWA.pdf

Why We Must Stop CEDAW and I-VAWA

Senator Joe Biden will soon be introducing two bills that, if passed, will worsen our domestic violence

programs and lead to family break-up:

1. CEDAW- CEDAW is a treaty promoted by the United Nations. CEDAW stands for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. General Recommendation #19 of CEDAW addresses Violence Against Women. The recommendation does not say anything about violence against men: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/recommendations/recomm.htm#recom19

If CEDAW is ratified by the Senate, then a U.N. compliance committee would be empowered to review a broad range of U.S. domestic laws and request that changes be made. Passage of CEDAW would make it more difficult to reform the Violence Against Women Act.

2. International Violence Against Women Act Senator Biden’s companion bill is the International Violence Against Women Act – I-VAWA for short. IVAWA is based on a one-sided survey by the World Health Organization that didn’t bother assess male victimization.

I-VAWA would be used to funnel U.S. taxpayer money to CEDAW-mandated programs around the world. More information about I-VAWA is available from the Family Violence Prevention Fund: http://www.endabuse.org/programs/printable/display.php3?NewsFlashID=771

What Can I Do to Stop CEDAW and I-VAWA?                                                                                                                              CEDAW and I-VAWA are based on the myth that only men commit domestic violence and only women are victims. But research paints a very different picture: women are at least as likely as men to engage in partner abuse: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID41H3a.pdf

RADAR’s Special Reports document how domestic violence programs in the United States violate the civil liberties of the falsely-accused, discriminate against many victims of abuse, weaken families, and harm children. Plus, these programs are ineffective in stopping abuse and may actually place victims at greater risk of violence. CEDAW and I-VAWA are two bills with innocent-sounding names that would break up families, harm children, and worsen the injustices of the current system. Help get the truth out about the destructive effects of CEDAW and I-VAWA: http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-CEDAW-and-IVAWA.pdf

And contact your elected officials today. Tell them to protect families and children. Tell them to “Vote ‘No’ on CEDAW and I-VAWA.”

 Actual bill… http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:h5927ih.txt.pdf

Protest… http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20080527.php

http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-CEDAW-and-IVAWA.pdf

http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-Why-Stop-CEDAW-IVAWA.pdf

http://498amisuse.wordpress.com/category/stop-i-vawa/

Study show MEN are victims of DV http://www.mediaradar.org/media_fact_sheet.php

VAWA Harms African-American Communities VAWA Harms African-American Communities

STOP I-VAWA http://www.mediaradar.org/radar_flyers.php

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop_cedaw_and_i-vawa

Even Workplace not safe for MEN……oppose SHWB

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

We are creating awareness about abuse of men by society registers strong protest against a proposed anti-male legislation titled “Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment Bill”.

On 3rd September 2012, Loksabha has clear this bill without any discussion and when over 35+ countries have this law Gender neutral. Why only in India it’s being anti-men? Why It’s being passed without any discussion in Loksabha?

I feel that this proposed law,

  1. Will completely destroy the workplace harmony.
  2. Will convert professional rivalries and jealousies into frivolous complaints and will become yet another source of extortion of a man’s money.
  3. Will motivate companies to stop hiring of female candidates.
  4. Will put Corporate honchos, bureaucrats, politicians and all male employees at the mercy of women who can simply use (read misuse) this law to cover their incompetence.
  5. Will create further anti-male gender bias in the workplace and will contribute to more men committing suicides.
  6. Already men commit suicides to the tune of 4 times compared to women in workplaces as per data by Union Home Ministry.

I strongly oppose the gender bias and anti-male nature of this law and demand that this law should be made gender neutral.

Brief background of the law:

  1. This bill has been proposed in 2007 based on judgment by the Honorable Supreme Court in the Vishakha case.
  2. Several Men’s Rights organizations/ NGO’s opposed it even at that point of time and the bill was finally sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee in the year 2010.
  3. Men’s rights activists deposed before the committee in 2011 and based on their representation, the Committee recommended the Govt. of India to make the bill gender neutral and provide protection to men as well.
  4. In 2012 May the cabinet approved the law, without taking into consideration, the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
  5. This clearly exposes the double standards of the Govt. and it also brings forth the fact that sending it to the Parliamentary Committee was just eyewash and the Government never really intended to provide men, a safe atmosphere to work in office.

India is an isolated country:

  1. It is extremely surprising that when most of the countries are moving forward and coming up with gender neutral laws, India is moving back in time and is all set to pass an anti-male and a gender biased law.
  2. This law is Gender Neutral in most of the countries where it is prevalent.
  3. According to a report on Sexual harassment at workplace by United Nations Economic Commission of Europe, around 25 countries in and around Europe and Asia like Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, The Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom have policies for Sexual Harassment, that are gender neutral.
  4. The US and most countries in ASEAN region also have Gender Neutral laws. Even neighboring Pakistan has Gender Neutral Sexual Harassment policies.

Strongly oppose WCD’s stand:

  1. I clearly and categorically opposes the announcement made by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry made on the 21st of August 2012 that it intends to conduct a study on the sexual harassment faced by men.
  2. However, it also said that the study was a matter of future and currently the law should be passed as it is i.e. gender biased and anti-male in nature.
  3. It is the same WCD ministry that has gone on record to say that, “Protection of men is not their mandate” and now that they are facing opposition from some quarters of the Govt. of India in getting this biased, anti-male and extortionary law passed, they have started to make hollow claims of promising to study harassment of men.
  4. Whereas in reality, when they have already gone on record to say that it is not their mandate to protect men, it is very clear that their intention of studying sexual abuse of men is not at all a bonafide one and is subject to strong suspicion.
  5. This announcement is just a diversionary tactic from their side so that the law gets passed the way they want it and later the same can be used to extort and blackmail men at workplaces too.

Sexual Harassment of Men:

Contrary to popular belief, men do face sexual harassment at workplace and more often than not find unwanted feminine attention overwhelming and discomforting. Further worse, pervert social mindsets force the male victims to keep mum.

Some of the common forms of such harassment which males face, from their female colleagues in their workplace are,

  1. Lewd remarks about the dressing sense of men.
  2. Bold comments about physique and physical appearance of men.
  3. Uncanny close approach by a female colleague towards a male colleague while trying to discuss some official matters.
  4. Calling a male colleague inside a cabin and try to talk personal matters with him in office hours.
  5. Requesting a male colleague to stay back late at night and accompany or ask for a drop.
  6. Female colleagues wearing revealing clothes that make the professional atmosphere uncomfortable.
  7. Talking about sexual matters freely with a male colleague despite his discomfiture to the same and ignoring his warnings at times to not to discuss such matters with him.
  8. Asking out a male colleague.

These and many other forms of sexual harassment of men, more often than not go, unnoticed and unreported primarily because,

  1. Society refuses to believe that men can be victims of feminine sexual aggression.
  2. Men are socially conditioned to accept welcoming and approaching gestures from females sportingly and in this process their own choices, aspirations and emotions are mercilessly trampled.
  3. Society ridicules men who are uncomfortable in female company by giving them name tags such as “boring, fag, sissy, geeky, nerdy” etc. Such social mindsets often force men to “look” happy in a female company and it also trivializes their concerns from a male sexuality perspective.
  4. Adverse media coverage and systemic gender bias against men suppresses them to a larger extent and truth barely and rarely comes out.

Ad hoc surveys have unearthed truth:

The Economic Times had conducted a survey titled the ET-Synovate survey, in which it came out that as far as 55% of men feel that they faced sexual harassment from the female colleagues and bosses and they need protection. The survey was covered in 7 cities including Bangalore, Delhi. Hyderabad, Mumbai.

OUR demands:

  1.  The Govt. of India must not pass this law in the current form and it must consult the men’s rights organizations, make it gender neutral including its title and then only pass it.
  2.  The new bill must be re-drafted by a neutral ministry like the Ministry of Law and Justice or the Human Resources Development ministry.
  3. The draft prepared by the WCD ministry must be discarded as a ministry that openly justifies its anti-male stance cannot be allowed trample the Constitutional right of men which entitles them to a safe working environment.
  4. The WCD must be stopped from conducting any study on male issues.
  5. Govt. must form a separate commission, called the National Commission for Men, containing people who have championed the cause of men’s rights and such a commission must study male issues.
  6. Govt. must form Men Welfare Ministry to take care of welfare of men.
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More men cry sexual harassment at work-DNA Letters to the editor

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Kudos to DNA
I read the great news report ‘More men cry sexual harassment at work’ in DNA, December 4. Men face a lot of hatred in their offices and it takes a lot of boldness to expose it. The media normally harps on issues related to females but is scared to highlight male issues. Thanks for highlighting a issue which everybody chooses to ignore. Please do not bother about feminists or the few indifferent men who are on the other side. Keep up the good work.
—Arnab Ganguly, email

II
It takes a lot of courage to speak against the mainstream. DNA has shown that courage and hats off for this article and exposure of the sexual harassment of men at workplace. Men have never been vocal in exposing their problems. Now, with the launch of helplines for men and the confidentiality assured, more men can now seek help and report their problems. I am thankful to DNA who has dared to publish this report.
—Kailash Khairnar, email

III
Congratulations and sincere thanks for publishing the truth about our male-hatred society. I know it takes a lot of guts to publish a news article that support men in today’s era of empowered women. As per my belief, women organisations conduct paid surveys in order to achieve the goal of making anti-male laws in the name of women empowerment. The actual data is manipulated to turn society against men.
—kurheamol@gmail.com

IV
This is so true that men too are falling prey to sexual harassment. I am a witness to it. The general manager of our company was fired on a false allegation made by a cleaning staff member. She demanded Rs10 lakh from him and threatened that if he doesn’t pay up, she would cry rape. Thankfully, the company allowed him to resign on will.
—sumit.bindra1@gmail.com

V
The current draft prepared by the Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) should be discarded and a fresh one must be prepared taking into consideration the following points:-
* The Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill must be reviewed and amended immediately to make it gender neutral; the word ‘men/women’ must be replaced by a person or employee.
* No direct money should be given to the person who has complained; all fines must go to an employee welfare fund. This will reduce the instances of misuse and extortion.
* If the case is found to be false/fabricated or filed with an intention to derive personal benefit, the person should be fined or sacked without any discretion.
* No outsiders must be allowed into the committees. No women’s rights NGOs must be allowed to earn revenue from sitting in these committees and convert benign cases into sexual harassment cases.
* The offence should be categorised into five-levels and the fine or disciplinary action should be as per the level of offence found during enquiry.
* If a person is not satisfied with the committee’s findings and conclusions, they should have the right to approach the court but the employer or enquiry committee member should not defend the accuser’s case.
—nagoju.chary@gmail.com

VI
The Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill has completely turned a blind eye towards protection of males from females or other male colleagues. Will companies allow the drafting of a law that clearly violates men’s rights? Do companies know that false allegations from a woman can ruin the reputation of some of their best performing employees? How have the Indian corporate planned to relieve the burden of harassment and ignominy that a male staff member would have to bear if he is falsely accused? This also extends to colleges and educational institutions where a false allegation by a woman or a disgruntled female student can tarnish the life-long image of a male professor.
—Aggarwalgurgaon@gmail.com

 

http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?id=33534&boxid=14981&ed_date=2012-12-05&ed_code=820040&ed_page=6

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More men cry sexual harassment at work-DNA

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment
More men cry sexual harassment at work
Helpline launched by SIFF, MRA in June last year receives at least five calls a day
Chaitraly Deshmukh l PUNE

While a recent nationwide survey said that at least 17 per cent of working women in India have experienced sexual harassment at their workplace, it seems men too are falling victim to sexual banter at workplace.
The helpline for men facing sexual harassment from women at workplace launched by NGOs Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) and Men’s Rights Association (MRA) in June last year has been receiving at least five calls a day. Techies, government officials and those working in private firms are the callers, claim the NGOs.
SIFF member Rajesh Vakharia said, “We were concentrating on misuse of the Domestic Violence Act, but calls from men on sexual abuse and mental harassment prompted us to start the helpline. The facility is available in Pune, Nagpur, Bangalore and Delhi.”
Digvijay Pawar (27), working in Vimannagar-based IT company said, “I hail from Mumbai and shifted to Pune after getting a job two years ago. My sympathy for a senior colleague, who was a widow, bothered other women colleagues. One of them created a fake email ID in my name to trouble her. She even threatened to commit suicide if I remained close to the widow. They harassed me for a year, taunting me, sending me gifts and letters in the name of the widow colleague. They also dared me to prove my manhood to them. After I complained to the HR, they were counselled and the woman who led the others against me was asked to resign.”
Vinod Joshi (31), who works as a project manager with a Yerawada-based IT company said, “I am married and have a two-year-old son. After attending a company-organised picnic with me, a junior woman colleague started sending me greetings on my official email ID. I initially ignored it, but she started calling me and sending gifts to office and home. She even reached my home once and created a scene, besides hacking my emails and sending lewd messages. The HR department initially laughed off my complaint, but later warned her when I provided the proof. I approached the HR again when the harassment continued only to be informed that action has been taken against her.”

The case of revenue department official Bharat Kulkarni (35) is no different. He said, “A senior woman officer would make me purchase clothes, and other items for her, besides showing me sexually explicit images in her cabin. She would also grope me when I would go to get her signature on documents. When I protested, she threatened to file a molestation case. I approached the police but they asked me to remain silent. Now I have sought transfer to another city but the memories are still scary.”
James D’souza, a PhD student from a reputed university said, “A woman professor, harassed me for two years. She extracted Rs1 lakh from me and sent threatening SMSes saying she would discontinue to be my guide if I don’t allow her to kiss me. She also asked me to spend a night with her. Frustrated, I stopped visiting her and my doctorate is still pending.”
Atit Rajpara, a volunteer who attends the helpline, said “Our study shows that around 55% male employees face sexual harassment at workplace in major cities. Most of the calls are received late evenings or early mornings. We guide them to approach the management with evidence.”
MRA spokesperson Sandesh Chopadekar said, “We oppose the sexual harassment of women at workplace bill, as we want a gender neutral law. Our survey reveals that many top Indian companies have internal gender neutral sexual harassment at workplace policy. The current law doesn’t protect male employees.” d_chaitraly@dnaindia.net
(All names have been changed to protect identity)

Published Date:  Dec 04, 2012

 

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Sexual harassment Bill may cover helps, men-TOI

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

New Delhi: Domestic helps would find it easier to complain against sexual harassment if the recommendations of a parliamentary panel, favouring their inclusion in the proposed ‘protection of women against sexual harassment in workplace’ bill, are accepted.
Dismissing the government’s view that there were “practical difficulties” in implementing the law within the confines of a home, the committee on Thursday said such excuses could not be used as a shield against complaints. Domestic workers, with 47.5 lakh registered in the country, comprise 30% of the female workforce in the unorganized sector. In another first, the panel has also suggested that an enabling provision be considered to allow reporting of sexual harassment of men at the workplace. This follows representations from several men’s organizations. The parliamentary standing committee on HRD headed by Oscar Fernandez tabled its report in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The report has suggested involvement of NGOs, police stations and RWAs in helping the aggrieved domestic worker get justice through the legislation.
Incidentally, the National Commission for Women, set up for protection of women’s rights and which works under the ministry of women and child development, has contradicted its own ministry. NCW officials told the committee that the concerns raised over enforcing the provisions of the bill within the privacy of the home were “unfounded” as the domestic violence act had “broken this myth” and extended legal protection into the confines of the home.
The committee had received representations from several domestic workers associations .
The committee has also recommended change in the definition of an employer to make it more broad-based and to include contractors, home-owners and landlords. Workplace can also include vehicles provided by employers for women to travel to and fro from work. It has also suggested that the head of a private institution including a company, hospital or university be specified, as in the case of government institutions.
The sexual harassment bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 7, 2010 and was referred to the standing committee on December 30. It seeks to provide every woman a safe and secure work environment.
The committee was of the view that preventive aspects reflected in the proposed Bill had to be strictly in line with the Supreme Court guidelines in the Vishaka case and sought the pro-active role of NGOs in implementing the Bill. The apex court’s judgment in Vishaka case not only defines sexual harassment at the workplace but also lays down guidelines for its prevention and disciplinary action against erring employees.

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Law soon to protect men from sexual harassment?–DNA

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_law-soon-to-protect-men-from-sexual-harassment_1623318

 

With the number of women at higher positions going up, there is a genuine concern among men that they too can be victims of sexual harassment at workplace. Hence, they have sought a gender-neutral law from the government.

Accepting that men too can be victims of sexual harassment at workplace, the parliamentary standing committee on human resource development (HRD), examining the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010, has suggested the government to have enabling provisions in the proposed law through which circumstances of sexual harassment cases of men too can be explored and tackled.

While taking note of strong reservation and angst expressed by men organisations regarding this gender-specific bill believed to tilted towards women, the committee suggested regular surveys to be conducted to get an idea on sexual harassment towards men also.

“The committee, keeping in mind the interests of all concerned, feels that the viability of having a provision of enabling nature where circumstances of having a provision of enabling nature where circumstances of sexual harassment cases of men at workplace can be tackled, may be explored. Alternatively an employer/ establishment can be mandated to report cases/instances of male sexual harassment also in their Annual report. This may help understand the real picture,” the report said.

This observation came after the committee was miffed by the fact that the ministry of women and child development (MWCD) and National Commission for Women (NCW) who prepared the legislation did not consult stakeholders representing men’s cause was not done.

When called by the standing committee, the men’s groups said the law was ignoring the fact that men too were sexually harassed at the workplace and the proposed law was heavily biased towards women.

While giving examples about gender neutral laws in countries like Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, men’s organisations argued that since the percentage of women at superior levels was increasing, it was incorrect to presume that only women can be victims of sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, the committee recommended bringing domestic workers and contract employees under the ambit of the proposed law since expecting such a vulnerable groups to take recourse to IPC in a sexual harassment case cannot be considered viable.
The committee believed that the privacy of a household cannot be an excuse to shield uncalled for acts against this category of women in the workforce.

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