Gender Sensitization Committee

Aligning with our vision to create a sensitive and inclusive space, Zakir Husain Delhi College Evening is committed to ensuring a gender-sensitive campus for students, staff, and faculty. The institution endeavors to establish an educational environment free from harassment or gender-based discrimination. In its approach to promote gender amity and address issues related to interaction and professional relationships, the college adheres to the UGC Saksham Book in letter and spirit.

•The college is committed to addressing discrimination and harassment based on gender with sensitivity and professionalism. Beyond academic discourse, instilling humane values and awareness in students and staff is a priority.
•Following recommendations from the Saksham Book, the college ensures compliance with mandatory requirements to end gender-based violence and harassment by establishing safety provisions for women students and employees on campus.
•Upholding basic principles of gender sensitization and equality, the institution recognizes the problems associated with protectionism stated in the Saksham Book. It ensures that safety concerns do not lead to the infantilization of women and their disempowerment, focusing instead on providing safer spaces, proper lighting, and shuttle buses .
•The college creates a safe environment to counter gender discrimination and violence, maintaining a zero-tolerance policy against any form of gender exploitation and taking preventive measures to ensure a respectful place for individuals across the gender spectrum.
•The college's harassment policy is informative, preventive, corrective, and rigorous, aiming to educate students and others about gender diversity on campus.
•Through seminars and events on gender diversity, students engage in open discussions on various issues including sexuality, hygiene, violence, and laws and rights related to different genders.
•An intersectional approach helps students become aware of social inequalities, fostering a holistic and socially aware outlook towards gender issues.

•In accordance with the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act 2013 and UGC (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Act 2015, the college constitutes an Internal Complaints Committee following statutory rules. The Gender Sensitization Committee collaborates with the ICC to sensitize and combat issues related to sexual harassment at the workplace.
•The ICC includes three undergraduate students who are elected transparently to participate in matters concerning students. The committee responds promptly to harassment complaints, maintaining confidentiality for the safety and comfort of the complainant.
•Workshops and gender sensitization campaigns are conducted regularly to engage with gender identity discourse and questions of alternate sexuality, bridging the gap between theory and practice and creating awareness about vulnerability, exploitation, and inequality while formulating measures to address these issues.

The Supreme Court of India's Vishaka judgment and the 2013 Act define sexual harassment as including unwelcome sexually determined behavior such as physical contact and advances, demands or requests for sexual favors, sexually colored remarks, showing pornography, and any other unwelcome physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature. The college's GSC and ICC recognize these definitions. Additionally, the GSC considers sexist remarks, gender-based insults, innuendos, taunts, eve-teasing, unsavory remarks, unwelcome sexual overtones, obnoxious telephone calls/chats, displaying derogatory pictures, pornography, pamphlets, jokes causing embarrassment, unwanted physical contact, forcible physical touch or molestation, privacy violations, physical confinement against one's will, and intimidation for sexual favors as indicators of sexual harassment at the workplace.

The college maintains zero tolerance for sexual harassment, rigorously following all mandatory rules and guidelines to ensure a harassment-free and discrimination-free campus, committed to taking strict action against individuals engaging in sexual violence or harassment towards its stakeholders.