NUMS Policy Against Gender Harassment

The Government of Pakistan passed two laws to curtail sexual harassment in 2010 - the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, with amendments in Section 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code relating to sexual harassment at the workplace and the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act.

The laws entail that the management of the Universities/ organisations are responsible to provide formal awareness to all employees about the existing Acts, the Committee and the procedure of reporting cases, formulate a three-members “Standing Inquiry Committee” with at least one female member, and display the “Code of Conduct” in the organisation.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has also promulgated a policy in this regard, and has ensured strict and mandatory implementation of the policy across the board in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Pakistan. However, HEC is spearheading the awareness campaign and delivering training to all HEIs' students, faculty and staff.

NUMS is in the process of formulating a formal committee to spread awareness and deliver trainings to its employees, redress grievances regarding Women Sexual Harassment and effective implementation of Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation.