KHOJ IS A SAFE SPACE

KHOJ IS A SAFE SPACE ; KHOJ POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE

Khoj is a space for creative collaboration and experimentation. This requires that everyone here, including staff, programme participants, visitors and canteen customers, be proactive in creating a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone’s safety is valued.

Respect physical and emotional boundaries: Everyone entering Khoj is asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to consider whether it might be harmful to others. Be aware that you can’t know what people’s boundaries are without asking them. This is no space for violence or for touching people without their consent. If someone tells you that you are making them uncomfortable, change your behaviour.Abuse, harassment and sexual assault, whether verbal or physical, will not be tolerated.

Khoj’s Policy and Rules for Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace can be found here.

Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated: No-one entering Khoj should behave in a way that is intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs, racist, ageist, sexist, heterosexist, transphobic, able-bodiest, classist, casteist, or use any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression.

Alcohol: Alcohol is served during some Khoj events. If you use alcohol at these events, please do so safely. Alcohol use is never an excuse to disrespect, harass or harm others.

Khoj does not tolerate behaviour that breaches this policy. If you violate this policy, you may be asked to leave.

Khoj is in the process of setting up it’s Internal Complaints Committee for the Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace, and will be sharing the names and contact details of its members soon.

If you experience harassment, abuse, or sexual assault please approach a Khoj team member who will also be able to refer you to the appropriate body.

We welcome the continuing discussion about and improvement of this policy.

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The Internal Complaints Committee of Khoj is constituted in accordance with Rule IV of the Khoj Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Discrimination.

The ICC consists of the following members

1) Manjiri Dube – Khoj Employee, Presiding Officer

Manjiri Dube is a Program Manager at Khoj leading its three-year-long multi-city socially-engaged art project Peripheries & Crossovers: art as social practice. She has worked at Khoj between 2012- 2014, where she conceptualised and executed the Food Residency Ed. (III), and managed  We Are Ours: A Collection of Manifestos for the Instant (Himali Singh Soin), Deep Time (Rohini Devasher) and Residual (Anpu Varkey). Manjiri has a Masters in Politics and International Relations from the University of Warwick, UK, and has worked in the social sector with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi. Subsequently, she went on to work on a social marketing campaign targeting various ethnicities across the UK  with Here&Now365 in London. Through the socially-engaged art projects supported by Khoj, Manjiri is committed to initiating conversations and exploring collaborative frameworks that bring artists and civil society organisations together to establish the value of art-based interventions in addressing cultural norms and narratives around gender and urbanisation. 

2) Parmesh Shahani – Khoj Board Member 

Parmesh Shahani is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. and the founder of the award-winning Godrej India Culture Lab in Mumbai, which sparks conversations and collaborations about the changing face of contemporary India. Parmesh is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. Parmesh’s first book, Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage), was originally released in 2008 and re-released in 2020. His second book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion at the Indian Workplace (Westland Books) was also released in 2020.

 3) Dr. Amita Joseph – External Member

Dr. Amita V. Joseph has graduated from Madras University, done PGDM (Management ), has a law degree (Delhi University), PGDM (Human Rights) from the Law Institute and a PhD from Deakin University (Australia). Amita has experience in the Corporate, development and Legal sectors over three decades and has lectured at a number of Universities & institutions. She has written and has worked on case studies, issues and juries. Amita is associated with a number of non profit organisations, serving pro bono on their boards and is represented on a number of committees and development causes. Recipient of the Deakin University Silver Jubilee Award for significant contribution by an  alumni and the N S Books award. Amita is currently associated with the Business & Community Foundation, a leading civil society organisation in India working on promoting responsible business practice through education, advocacy and open public discourse.