Working With Women On Campus
The Centre developed the first Charter of Rights for Women on campus in
April 2003. This charter was appreciated by state officials and is being
used as a model by the other Universities.
The Centre initiated a Cell against Atrocities and Harassment against
Women, which monitors and counsels cases on campus.
The Centre oversees the administration and running of the Savitribai
Phule Day-Care centre for the children of University employees.
Declaration of Charter of Rights for Women on Campus
Famous Playwright Sushma Deshpande Performs for Women on Campus
Students of the Certificate Course interact with members of
self-help groups in the Pune University Campus on December 10,
CHARTER FOR WOMEN
The University of Pune has a long
lineage of half a century and more, and is known nationally for its
commitment to excellence and innovation. On the campus, there are a large
number of women employees and girls students, coming from different parts of
country and world. This marks the progressive nature of the University.
Despite the improvement in women’s conditions in post independence period,
the development has been imbalanced and there are many obstacles in
achieving equality between men and women. There have been several attempts
by the Government and other social organizations for empowering women and
for protecting their rights.
With the Beijing
International Women’s Conference (1995), the Government of India committed
itself to the Beijing Declaration and mobilized further the programmes for
women’s development, equality and peace. As the year 2001 came to be
declared as the Year of Women’s Empowerment, concrete steps were taken to
empower women in various fields. With the Maharashtra State’s Policy for
Women, issues of women-centred planning, representation of women in
different social spheres, women’s economic development, came to the fore.
The University of Pune declares this Charter
for Women as one step forward in this direction.
of the Charter:
This Charter aims to outline
the guiding principles for enabling women to contribute more actively and
meaningfully to the goals of the University of Pune. The major objectives of
the Charter are: to secure equal opportunities for women in the fields of
education and employment, to remove gender based discrimination and to
provide women safe and secure environment conducive to their development.
This Charter is committed to the empowerment of women in the University of
Pune and to the protection of their rights.
Scope of the Charter:
This Charter is applicable to
all the teaching and non-teaching women employees and girl students of the
University of Pune. This will include women employees in temporary service,
in the fields of teaching, research and administration.
Principles of the Charter:
Women should get equal
opportunities in the fields of education and employment.
It should be ensured that the teaching and non- teaching women employees
of the University are not discriminated in matters of salary, allowance
and bonus, recruitment, appointment, promotion, reservation, nature of
work and evaluation, leave especially maternity leave and allowance and
paternity leave. The girl students should not be discriminated in
matters of admission and reservation.
environment should be conducive to the special needs of women in order
to enable them to avail equal opportunities.
The University should have proper infrastructural facilities for women.
Ladies toilets should be adequate in number and with proper facilities
considering the special needs of women. Ladies Hostel should have basic
amenities (for e.g. for cleaning). The capacity of hostels should be in
proportion to the number of girl students on campus. The University
should have a Day Care Centre for the children of all employees and
students. The Health Care Centre should provide special medical services
required for women. The University should have adequate transport
arrangements for women employees at the office timings and also in case
of over-time. There should be a common room for women employees and
female students so that, women have better interaction among themselves.
The counselling service should also be provided to support women in
career related and emotional matters.
development of women requires provision of safe and secure environment
at the place of education and employment.
The University should have safe and secure environment for its women
employees and girl students. There should be a Complaints Committee to
deal with sexual harassment at the work place. This committee should
make special efforts for creating a congenial environment that would be
free from any harassment to women. It should be ensured that girl
students do not feel insecure on the University campus, specifically at
places like Library, all academic Departments, and the hostel. Women in
the University should be provided proper assistance and security in case
they have to deal with the Government authorities or any other officials
regarding the University matters.
securing, women’s participation in the processes of policy-making,
planning and decision-making, women should have proper representation.
Utmost care should be taken to ensure that there is no gender-based
discrimination in policy-making, planning and implementation of the
programmes of the University. Women should have adequate opportunities
for participating actively in these programmes. The University should
have proper representation of women on its various committees, such as
selection committee, administrative committee, advisory committee etc.,
in order to protect women’s interests and rights.
of women requires improvement in the skills, knowledge and capabilities
Considering the obstacles inhibiting access of women to education and
employment, the University should make special efforts for the
empowerment of women and improvement of their skills and knowledge. The
Women’s Studies Centre in the University should take initiative in this
matter. Women should be provided special training for e.g. computer
training, conscious raising on gender issues etc, in order to enable
them to develop their skills and capabilities. There should be a special
focus on women from rural areas and those from marginalized sections.
empowerment should be a significant criterion for the evaluation of any
The information regarding the University activities in the matters such
as recruitment, appointment, promotion, admission, reservation etc.
should maintain gender specific statistical records. There should be a
gender audit of all the policies, plans and programmes of the University
i.e. various activities of the University such as teaching, research,
extension should be evaluated on the basis of women’s participation in
it, its content and budget allocation related to women’s development
should be further implemented according to the Government Ruling. A
Charter Committee should be established in this regard. The University
should take significant steps to implement guiding principles of this
Charter. If needed issues in this regard may be pursued with the State
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