One of every two women alumni of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) have faced sexual harassment or violence at workplace,said Ajeet Mathur,a senior professor of the countrys top B-school while addressing a Doctoral Colloquium on Tuesday. In the last 20 years,more and more instances of sexual violence and harassment have come to light. Harassment at workplaces is a topic that has been hardly researched. Among the IIM-A women alumni – who have made it to influential and responsible positions – about one of every two have faced sexual harassment and violence, said Mathur,while chairing a panel discussion on Gender Sensitisation and creation of women-centric workplaces. One must also remember that the it was an alumnus from the 1985 batch of IIM-A who was fined by Infosys for sexual harassment allegations, said Mathur who is also the chairperson of Gender Resource Centre at IIM-A that studies gender concerns.
Asking researches present at the Colloquium to take up research on gender issues,Mathur said,There is a lot of opportunity in taking up research on crimes against women There is also an under-representation of women in most professions,except in teaching,nursing,banking and financial services. Such sectors should be taken up for research.
Other panelists during the discussion also pointed out several other areas that were in need of research. Gender sensitisation and creation of women-centric workplaces is a topic that is of interest to many corporates. It is very important to research on how workplaces are changing. Researches should also be looking at gender issues more holistically,not just as women versus men, said Sachi Irde,executive director,Catalyst India WRC,a gender research company.