New Delhi, November 8: SHe-Box online complaint Management System or SHe-Box portal was launched on Tuesday for women working in both public and private organizations to lodge complaints of sexual harassment at workplace.
Notably, the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi launched the SHe-Box portal in New Delhi today to ensure the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (the SH Act), 2013.
Speaking on the occasion, the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi said that this is a historic step since it is probably the first ever time that the government of any country has launched an online portal to receive complaints of sexual harassment at workplace. The government is completely committed to provide a safe and fair environment to working women.
Minister Maneka Gandhi also said that the WCD Ministry has also produced a manual and has organized training programmes for Internal Complaint Committees and in the next significant step, the SHe-Box has been launched to provide a platform to aggrieved women to make their complaints directly so that suitable action is taken to redress their grievances. “These complaints will be monitored by the WCD Ministry,” Maneka Gandhi assured.
Salient Features of SHe-Box portal:
The new SHe-Box portal offers the facility of making online complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace to all women employees in the country including government and private employees. Those who have already filed a written complaint with the concerned Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) or Local Complaint Committee (LCC) constituted under the SH Act are also eligible to file their complaint through this portal.
SHe-Box portal is an effort to provide a speedier remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace. Once a complaint is submitted to the portal, it will be directly sent to the ICC/LCC of the concerned employer. Through this portal, WCD, as well as complainant, can monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICC/LCC. This is a proactive step taken by MWCD in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo, where women have related their experience of facing sexual harassment and abuse.
The portal can be accessed at the link given below:
Link to the SHe-Box portal: http://shebox.nic.in/
The WCD Ministry has also published a Handbook and Training Module on the SH Act to provide information about the provisions of the Act in easy to use practical manner. The private organizations are encouraged to customize the Training Module as per their extant service rules and disciplinary procedures prescribed therein.
Ensuring the dignity and safety of women must be the first priority for any digital society. Towards realization of the vision of the Digital India programme, the Ministry is promoting utilization of information and communication technology to achieve the goal of gender equality and women empowerment. It is an effort to utilize the digital space to enable speedier response to the complaints of women against sexual harassment at workplace.