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1) Explain the objectives and significance of she-box?(250 words)

Topic – Women related issues

1) Explain the objectives and significance of she-box?(250 words)

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Why this question

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has linked SHe-Box, the online portal to report complaints of Sexual Harassment at Workplace, to all the Central Ministries, Departments and 653 districts across 33 States/Union Territories. Since women safety and sexual harassment at workplace have become important issues and a part of public conscience since metoo movement, details of this initiative should be prepared.

Key demand of the question

The question is quite straightforward in its demand. It expects us to explain what she-box is along with its objectives and significance.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain why this issue is in news – The Ministry of Women and Child Development has linked SHe-Box, the online portal to report complaints of Sexual Harassment at Workplace, to all the Central Ministries, Departments and 653 districts across 33 States/Union Territories.

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  • Explain what she-box is – online complaint management system for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace. It was launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The complaint management system has been developed to ensure the effective implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (the SH Act), 2013.
  • Discuss its objective – faster disposal of complaints, putting in place a framework for effective disposal of sexual harassment cases at workplace.
  • Discuss its significance – portal is an initiative to provide a platform to women working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Institutions etc.) to file complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace under the SH Act. Those who had already filed a written complaint with the concerned Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) constituted under the SH Act are also eligible to file their complaint through this portal. It is also an effort to provide speedier remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace as envisaged under the SH Act.

Conclusion – Emphasize that women safety is a very pertinent issue and give your view on how far this step would be helpful.

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