Guidelines for the upcoming implementation of laws on the safety of women in the film industry: Minister

KSWDC Workshop on “Gender Inclusion and Professionalism in Malayalam Cinema”

KSWDC Workshop on “Gender Inclusion and Professionalism in Malayalam Cinema”

The Department of Women’s and Child’s Development will issue guidelines for the implementation of legislation relating to the safety of women in the workplace in the film industry, said the Minister of Women’s Development and of the child, Veena George.

She was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Thursday organized by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) on “Gender Inclusion and Professionalism in Malayalam Cinema” as part of International Women’s Day which falls on 8 March.

The draft guidelines will be reviewed by the Departments of Culture and Law.

The entertainment industry, the minister said, fell under the protection of women from sexual harassment, 2013. The guidelines would clearly define the workplace in the context of the film industry, whether in the context of production, pre-production, filming or post-production,” she says.

Increasing the presence of women not only in front of the camera but also behind it was important for women’s empowerment. They had to be equipped to achieve this objective. The government would do all kinds of interventions so that women can lead their lives with confidence, the minister said.

Female presence

Actress and activist Amala Akkineni, who was the main guest, in her online address, said the presence of women in the labor market was imperative in all sectors. Discrimination and outdated attitudes, she stressed, are simply unacceptable. Women had a huge role to play in driving this conversation and moving towards a diverse, equal, inclusive, safe and professional workplace. The film industry was not a normal place to work and the number of women working there was very low and required women to be away from home and in enclosed spaces. However, the law prevailed. It should be strong and fast so that patriarchy and systemic violence can be checked.

KSWDC Chairman KC Rosakutty presided over the ceremony. Principal Secretary for Women and Child Development, Rani George, Chief Executive Officer of KSWDC, Bindu VC, and representatives from various film organizations including the Women in Cinema Collective were present.

Technical session

The inauguration at the Mascot Hotel was followed by an online technical session on “Labour Code and Code Provisions for Audiovisual Workers”. Panelists for the session were Varkiachen Pettah, a human resources professional, and Vinod Kumar K., Deputy Commissioner of Labor. In his speech, Mr. Varkiachen spoke in detail about the Labor Code and the two laws – the Motion Picture and Theater Workers (Employment Regulation) Act 1981 and the Relief Fund Act social security for film workers which have been included in the new labor law. codes and the challenges of their implementation.

Mara R. Wilmoth