MUMBAI: The new 'work from home' era is posing unusual challenges to working women. The National Commission of Women (
) has therefore instructed employers and organisations to devise appropriate 'work from home' rules in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
on Tuesday issued guidelines to companies to devise a proper dress code for online meetings, fix timings for online calls, especially video calls with women, and make sure that no posters or visuals with lewd images or messages against women are visible in the background. Making offensive remarks during online meetings will also be classified as harassment at the workplace.
The decision came in the wake of a July 9 webinar organised by
advocate Abha Singh
on 'Violence and unemployment: twin challenges that India's women face in lockdown' through the legal aid cell of her NGO Rann Samar.
Participants included professors, NGO representatives and social workers. Singh said that women who work from home were complaining that their bosses were phoning them at odd hours, inappropriately dressed in night suits, and giving instructions sitting on the bed.
Since homes are new workplaces, Singh sought the NCW's intervention. In response, the NCW released specific dos and don’ts of working from home on
on July 14.
NCW has witnessed a rise in the number of domestic violence complaints over e-mail, many as an offshoot of men becoming unemployed after lockdown. It has launched an emergency number 7217735372 on
for women to register emergency complaints.