Committee On Gender Awareness
Committee on Gender Awareness and Mainstreaming in PRIA (CGAMP)
PRIA's vision of a desirable world is where relations across individuals and families, communities and nations are characterized by equity and justice. Besides socio-economic equality, PRIA believes in gender justice as the cornerstone of such relations in the family, community and society. Its mission directs it to work towards promotion of policies, institutions and capacities that strengthen the voice and participation of the poor and the marginalized in democratic governance in society.
PRIA's analysis of the existing situation of discrimination in society provides the basis for identifying the poor and marginalized, especially women. It believes that gender discrimination necessitates focusing upon changing women's roles and status, as agents and leaders of change. PRIA's core values that inform its interventions, therefore, include mainstreaming gender-justice and equity through analysis of social reality, organizational policies, systems and structures, and program priorities and plans, as integral to its vision.
Adhering to its commitment to gender-justice PRIA formed a Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) in December 1998. This decision was also in response to the Supreme Court guidelines to constitute a committee against sexual harassment. CASH in PRIA was in existence for two years (till 2001). It then evolved into becoming the Committee on Gender Awareness and Mainstreaming in PRIA (CGAMP).
The Committee has well-defined Terms of Reference which act as guidelines to its functioning.
Structure of CGAMP
A maximum of seven persons representing the different levels and programs of PRIA constitute the CGAMP. The gender balance is ensured in the constitution process. The Chairperson of the CGAMP is always a woman. It is ensured by the ex-committee that the new members represent different levels in the hierarchy.
For nomination to CGAMP, the staff should meet the basic minimum criterion for selections.
- Have worked in PRIA for a minimum of two years.
- Be articulate and be able to express their views and those of other colleagues.
- Have the reputation of being able to maintain confidentiality, having a positive stand on gender issues.
- Enjoy a good rapport with the staff, and have the respect of colleagues in terms of being non-biased and non-judgmental
- Have the ability to work in a collective and inclusive manner
Tenure of CGAMP
CGAMP has tenure of two years. After two years a review is conducted to assess its work. The newly constituted CGAMP then build on this assessment exercise.
Of the seven members of the Committee, one-third of them are replaced to lend continuity to the efforts of the group. Only in exceptional circumstances more members can be replaced.
Current CGAMP Members
Ms. Nandita Pradhan (Chairperson)
Ms. Priti Sharma
Dr. Anshuman Karol
Ms. Soja Mathew
Mr. P.P. Joseph
Focal Points for Field Offices
Mr. Amitabh Bhushan (Patna & Ranchi)
Mr. Sambasiva Rao (Hyderabad)
Mr. Gajendra Sahu (Raipur)
Functions of CGAMP
The functions of CGAMP have been broadly divided into three categories:
CGAMP works towards ensuring that all staff policies, service rules and regulations of the organization are gender sensitive. Periodic reviews of the same are done through a gender lens to ensure gender sensitivity. The policies include recruitment and induction, performance review, and creating and promoting a gender sensitive work environment within the organization and its field offices.
CGAMP works to create a gender-sensitive environment and approach at PRIA. Through internal training programs and exposures, the staff is sensitized to issues of gender in the context of personal lives and professional roles, as well as gender issues in society. These capacity building interventions take place regularly in the head office and the field offices of PRIA. CGAMP also addresses complaints relating to sexual harassment of or by staff members. It has created structures and systems where staff members are free to seek redressal of their complaints.
CGAMP is also involved in initiating similar processes with other organizations. It plays a catalytic role in initiating similar committees with partner organizations.