A quarter of female fundraisers experience sexual harassment, says AFP survey

first_imgMain image by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash  159 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 11 April 2018 | News SEE ALSO: My experience of being a woman in the charity sector by Beth Upton (14 July 2017) Harassment by donorsAccording to the survey, 65% of harassment cases reported were carried out by a donor against a fundraiser. In 96% of these cases the perpetrator was male.27% of respondents felt that donors had more rights than they did. In addition, 13% clearly felt a serious lack of support from their charity employer, believing that their organisation accords a greater value to the loyalty of the donors than to the safety of it staff! About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Support from an employerWhat kind of support have fundraisers received from their employers?• 71% of respondents who had experienced sexual harassment and told their organisation said that no action had been taken against the perpetrator.• 53% were not very or not at all satisfied with how their manager, supervisor or employer had responded to the allegation of sexual harassment• 35% of respondents report a “negative impact” on their career due to reporting the incident of harassment. A survey by the North American Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has found that a quarter of female fundraisers have experienced sexual harassment during their fundraising career.The survey, “the first comprehensive study of its kind about sexual harassment in the fundraising profession”, was conducted by AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. It was conducted online independently by the Harris Poll.The survey, launched on International Women’s Day 2018, is the first major project of the Women’s Impact Initiative. This is a two-year campaign focusing on issues related to women in the fundraising profession, including harassment, salary inequity and lack of women in fundraising leadership positions. Harassment• 48% of respondents had either personally experienced, witnessed, and/or heard second-hand about incidents of sexual harassment.• 21% of all respondents to the survey (men and women) had personally experienced harassment• 16% of all respondents had witnessed harassment• 26% have been told about incidents of harassment• 7% of men had experienced sexual harassment in the fundraising profession• 74% of all respondents reported having had at least two harassment experiences• 51% of all respondents have had three or more experiences of harassment Types of harassmentThe most common types of sexual harassment experienced by fundraisers were:• inappropriate sexual comments (80%)• unwanted touching or physical contact (55%). Tagged with: equality harassment Research / statisticscenter_img A quarter of female fundraisers experience sexual harassment, says AFP survey Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, president and CEO of AFP, said: “The number of cases involving donors is eye-opening and points to a unique and very troubling situation within the profession… We know most donors have only the best interest of the cause at heart, but our message will be clear: no donation and no donor is worth taking away an individual’s respect and self-worth and turning a blind eye to harassment.”Tycely Williams, chair of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative, added: “A big takeaway from the survey is that many fundraisers like their organisations and believe it will support them if harassment occurs. But at the same time, the data shows that once harassment was reported, often times very little was done. We need to begin a larger conversation with everyone in the sector about what we can all do to not only prevent harassment, but respond appropriately and timely when it does occur.”  160 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 SEE ALSO: Unacceptable behaviour by donors, condoned by charities. Things must change by Giles Pegram CBE #MeToo in fundraising?Many respondents were optimistic that positive change was being made in terms of challenging sexual harassment within fundraising.For example:• 92% believe that sexual harassment allegations in fundraising are more likely to be taken seriously now than in the past.• 82% felt that the #MeToo movement was having a positive influence on their workplace.• 93% want a zero tolerance policy to be implemented in every workplace, with 70% feeling very strongly that this should be the standard.WATCH: Ensuring diversity is a key theme at Fundraising Convention 2018Sufina Ahmad, chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion panel, explains why diversity will be a key theme at the 2018 Fundraising Convention.last_img read more

SGA considering eliminating Scantrons

first_imgFacebook ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Linkedin Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umsted ReddIt Twitter Facebook Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt printTCU’s Student Government Association (SGA) is considering reducing or eliminating Scantrons in favor of electronic tests, their academic affairs chair said.The initiative, which is still just an idea, reflects TCU’s attempt to become more sustainable, as moving away from Scantrons would decrease the amount of paper used on campus, said Abby Vernacchia, SGA’s chair of academic affairs.Vernacchia and Josh Witkop, SGA’s president, have been meeting with different departments to accumulate data on Scantron usage. After meeting with the provost, Dr. Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, who told them they needed more faculty support, they presented the idea to the Faculty Senate. Vernacchia said she and Witkop are working with some professors who might try to eliminate Scantrons, and they are continuing to gather information from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, which uses only electronic tests. The two have been discussing the pros and cons of making the switch, including weighing the costs and benefits and determining the best way to introduce the notion to SGA. However, a vote in favor from SGA would not be enough to fully eliminate Scantrons testing, Vernacchia said.“At the end of the day, we in SGA cannot force faculty to adopt this,” Vernacchia said in an email. “We can only suggest and see if we can get faculty to adopt this method.”Removing Scantrons would directly affect both faculty and students. Dr. Susan Watson, an instructor of three economics courses, uses Scantrons as one form of testing. Although Scantrons allow Watson to grade large quantities of assessments quickly, she said eliminating this method of testing would not have a significant impact on her classes, as she already utilizes forms besides Scantrons. “I can adapt,” she said. “It’s not a problem for me.”In fact, Watson said she had previously considered switching to electronic assessments, but that her students expressed a preference for physical tests. “They liked to have the piece of paper in front of them,” Watson said. “They liked to have that physical text printed out so they can flip through it, rather than doing it on their laptops.” Dr. Scott Langston, an instructor of religion, said his students have discussed a preference for certain types of questions over others, but they have not indicated which method of testing they like best.Langston, who teaches four classes each semester, said he uses Scantrons in his introductory-level courses, though like Watson, he assesses his students in a variety of ways, including essay questions.The religion instructor said Scantrons allow him to more quickly grade large quantities of tests, and if Scantrons were removed, he would have to spend more time grading assignments. Langston said he supports the push for sustainability that drives this initiative to eliminate Scantrons. “I’m for anything that’s more sustainable,” Langston said. “I’m very concerned about the environment, and we have to find more ways to bring about sustainability.”A few students expressed their own feelings about Scantrons. Biology major Hannah Deerman said she appreciates how quickly Scantrons can be graded, but she noted that even if Scantrons were no longer used, she would most likely still have multiple-choice tests.Petr Nguyen, a pre-business major who uses Scantrons in all his classes this semester, said he likes that Scantrons do not require him to write extensively. If this type of testing format was eliminated, Nguyen said online assessments would be a good alternative.  TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin SGA provides Scantrons for students. Photo by Heesoo Yang Previous articleSoccer advances to Big 12 Championship after late rally past No. 13 Texas TechNext articleTCU celebrates first-generation students Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Twitter + posts last_img read more

‘Not Enough To Proudly Say Women Are Allowed To Serve Army When Their Service Conditions Tell A Different Story’ : Supreme Court In Permanent Commission Case

first_imgTop Stories’Not Enough To Proudly Say Women Are Allowed To Serve Army When Their Service Conditions Tell A Different Story’ : Supreme Court In Permanent Commission Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 March 2021 8:26 AMShare This – xExpressing anguish at the Indian Army’s failure to implement the judgment allowing Permanent Commission for women officers, the Supreme Court said -“It is not enough to proudly state that women officers are allowed to serve the nation in the Armed Forces, when the true picture of their service conditions tells a different story”.The judgment authored by Justice DY…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginExpressing anguish at the Indian Army’s failure to implement the judgment allowing Permanent Commission for women officers, the Supreme Court said -“It is not enough to proudly state that women officers are allowed to serve the nation in the Armed Forces, when the true picture of their service conditions tells a different story”.The judgment authored by Justice DY Chandrachud criticized the evaluation criteria adopted by the Indian Army to consider the applications of Women Short Service Commission Officers seeking Permanent Commission based on the landmark judgment in the Babita Puniya case, which recognized their entitlement for PC. The administrative requirements adopted by the Army in this regard were declared as “arbitrary and irrational”.The Court noted that the Annual Confidential Reports(ACRs) of the applicants for the purposes of PC were prepared belatedly, as they were not entitled to PC at the relevant time. However, the performances and achievements of women officers beyond 5th year of service, and in some cases the 10th year of service, were not considered in the ACR.”…the delayed implementation of the grant of PC to WSSCOs by the Army and considering of ACRs only till the 5th/10th year of service has led to a situation where, in effect, the Army has obliviated the years of service, hard work and honours received by WSSCOs beyond their 5th/10thyear of service and relegated them back to a position they held, in some cases, more than 10 years ago”, the judgment observed.”The lack of consideration given to the recent performance of WSSCOs for grant of PC is a disservice not just to these officers who have served the nation, but also to the Indian Army, which on one hand salutes these officers by awarding them honours and decorations, and on the other hand, fails to assess the true value of these honours when it matters the most – at the time of standing for the cause of the WSSCOs to realise their rights under the Constitution and be treated on an equal footing as male officers who are granted PC”Some of the finest women officers excludedThe Supreme Court noted with dismay that the decision of the Army to not take into account the qualifications of women Short Service Commission officers beyond their 5th or 10th year of services resulted in the exclusion of “some of the finest women officers who have served the Army”.”Some of the finest women officers who have served the Indian Army and brought distinction by their performance and achievements have been excluded by refusing to consider their achievements on the specious ground that these were after the 5th/10th year of service”. It noted that even women officers who have brought laurels to the nation, who have been awarded prestigious national awards, who have served in the United Nations and international assignments, or who have displayed excellent performances in sports were ignored on the ground that such achievements were beyond their 5th or 10th year of services.The evaluation process which has been followed in the case of the WSSCOs has clearly ignored that the writing of their ACRs was fundamentally influenced by the circumstance that at the relevant time an option of PC was not available for women.The Court mentioned the names of some of such officers as follows :”As an example it has been stated that Lt. Col. Shikha Yadav (as well as several other women officers) have been denied PC though they have been awarded the COAS commendation. Lt. Col. Tashi Thapliyal was awarded the Vishisht Seva Mandal. Several women officers who have served in UN Missions overseas have been denied PC. There are women officers who have excelled in national sports events, exemplified by Major Pallavi Sharma who has a proven track record inter alia in shooting championships which has been ignored”Army’s criteria caused affront to dignity of womenThe Court noted that the army subjected the women officers to a rigorous medical criteria of SHAPE-1. SHAPE1 is an acronym with S’ denotes the physiological features including cognitive function abnormalities, ‘H’ stands for hearing, ‘A’ for appendages, ‘P’ for physical capacity and ‘E’ for eye-sight.The WSSCOs who have been excluded on medical grounds in November 2020 have a legitimate grievance that whether they fulfilled the SHAPE 1 criterion has to be determined from their medical status on the date when they were entitled to be considered, following the decision of the Delhi High Court.It was submitted by the petitioners that while being in SHAPE 1 is the requirement at the induction or entry level, it is not the requirement for continued service in the Army. Many of their male counterparts who are granted PC in their 5th or 10th year of service are entitled to continue in service, irrespective of whether they continue to be compliant with SHAPE 1 criteria.The Court observed that this anomaly occurred because the Indian Army did not consider the claim of women officers for PC at the relevant time. Though the Delhi High Court had upheld the entitlement of women SSC officers for PC around ten years ago, the Army did not implement the HC directions, although there was no stay by the Supreme Court on the judgment.”Serious hardship has been caused to the women officers by the Army by not considering their application for PC at the relevant time”, the Court said.It went ahead to underscore that the Permanent Commission was not just a legitimate expectation for women but a right accrued to them after the Delhi High Court judgment.While the Court held that the SHAPE1 medical criteria was not arbitrary, it added that such criteria has to be applied to the women officers on the basis of date when they were entitled for consideration.”The Army authorities are insistent to apply the medical criteria as of today, while simultaneously attempting to freeze the ACRs of the WSSCOs at the 5th or 10th year of service. Indirect discrimination coupled with an exclusionary approach inheres in this application”, the judgment noted the anomaly in the stand of the Army.”The conundrum of application of medical criteria to women in the age group of 45-50 arose only because the Army did not apply the decision(of HC & SC) in time”, the Court noted.The judgment further observed that the the attempt to apply the benchmark of the lowest selected male officer is “a ruse to deviate from the judgment of the Court and to bypass the legitimate claim of the WSSCOs”.DirectionsThe Court in conclusion observed :”…we are of the view that the evaluation criteria set by the Army constituted systemic discrimination against the petitioners. The pattern of evaluation deployed by the Army, to implement the decision in Babita Puniya (supra) disproportionately affects women. This disproportionate impact is attributable to the structural discrimination against women, by dint of which the facially neutral criteria of selective ACR evaluation and fulfilling the medical criteria to be in SHAPE-1 at a belated stage, to secure PC disproportionately impacts them vis-à-vis their male counterparts. The pattern of evaluation, by excluding subsequent achievements of the petitioners and failing to account for the inherent patterns of discrimination that were produced as a consequence of casual grading and skewed incentive structures, has resulted in indirect and systemic discrimination. This discrimination has caused an economic and psychological harm and an affront to their dignity”It passed the following directions.1. The administrative requirements adopted by the Army Authorities is ‘arbitrary and irrational” and shall not be enforced2. All women officers who have satisfied the 60% cut-off are entitled to PC subject to satisfaction of medical criteria as given below and satisfaction of vigilance and disciplinary clearance.3. The medical criteria adopted by the Army in August 2020 shall be applied at the 5th or 10th year of their service as the case may be.4. All officers other than non-optees officers to be considered for grant of permanent commission as per terms, within 2 months5. The decision already taken to grant permanent commission to some of the women officers in terms of the Babita Puniya judgment shall not be disturbed.Court acknowledges the perseverance of women officersAcknowledging the perseverance and tenacity of the petitioners, the judgment said :”We must not forget that those women officers who have remained in service are those with the tenacity to hold on and to meet the exacting standards of performance of which the Indian Army has made her citizens proud. It is also important for us to bear in mind that a career in the Army comes with a serious set of trials and tribulations of a transferable service with postings in difficult terrains, even in times of peace. This is rendered infinitely more difficult when society relegates functions of domestic labour, care-giving and childcare exclusively on the shoulders of women”. “The WSSCOs before us are not just women who have dedicated their lives to the ervice of the Army, but are women who have persevered through difficult conditions as they trudged along a lengthy litigation to avail the simplest of equality with their male counterparts. They do not come to the Court seeking charity or favour. They implore us for a restoration of their dignity, when even strongly worded directions by the Court in Babita Puniya (supra) have not trickled down into a basic assessment of not subjecting unequals to supposedly “neutral parameters”.”Facially neutral but discriminatory in effectThe judgment discussed the concept of indirect discrimination, and said that the Army’s policies were discriminatory in its effect on the women officers.”We must recognize here that the structures of our society have been created by males and for males. As a result, certain structures that may seem to be the “norm” and may appear to be harmless, are a reflection of the insidious patriarchal system. At the time of Independence, our Constitution sought to achieve a transformation in our society by envisaging equal opportunity in public employment and gender equality. Since then, we have continuously endeavored to achieve the guarantee of equality enshrined in our Constitution. A facially equal application of laws to unequal parties is a farce, when the law is structured to cater to a male standpoint.Presently, adjustments, both in thought and letter, are necessary to rebuild the structures of an equal society. These adjustments and amendments however, are not concessions being granted to a set of persons, but instead are the wrongs being remedied to obliterate years of suppression of opportunities which should have been granted to women””A superficial sense of equality is not in the true spirit of the Constitution and attempts to make equality only symbolic”, the Court added.  Case DetailsCase Title : Lt Col Nitisha and othes v Union of India and othersCoram : Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation : LL 2021 SC 181Click here to read/download the judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Senegal appeal for leniency after crowd violence

first_imgSenegal on Wednesday urged the Confederation of African Football not to impose a heavy punishment in the wake of the crowd trouble which blighted their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Ivory Coast.The Senegelese Football Federation (FSF) is in the dock as a result of the violence that forced their game against the Ivorians to be stopped on Saturday.On Tuesday, Senegal were formally disqualified from the 2013 Nations Cup after CAF awarded the game in Dakar to Didier Drogba’s team as a 2-0 win.That was the score at the time the qualifier had to be called off as Ivory Coast players and fans were subjected to a hail of stones, bottles and chairs with fires lit in the stands and firecrackers thrown.FSF president Augustin Senghor, in an interview with AFP, said: “On the sporting side of things, it (disqualification) doesn’t change much because at the time the game was stopped we were being led 2-0, and that’s the score which has been confirmed by CAF.“We must simply accept this sanction with a great deal of serenity and humility.” But with further punishment expected Senghor added: “It’s obvious that behind (the disqualification) there will follow the decision on a punishment.“We have fears about this for a number of reasons and we simply hope that CAF will take into account the context (of the violence) and that the Senegelese Football Federation will not receive a heavy sanction.”Senghor said that the FSF was in the process of preparing a dossier explaining what exactly happened in Dakar and “to show that we don’t want to mislead officials, fans nor the opposition team”.He added: “There was trouble which we are trying to put into context because it’s true, there was perhaps a little unhappiness amongst fans following two decisions (a free kick and penalty) taken by the referee.“But on top of that we have the feeling that there were some in the stadium who were prepared in some way to exasperate this mood which made Senegal suffer. “We believe that these circumstances allow us to hope that CAF will show a certain amount of understanding.“In any event, that’s what we hope for. And it’s what we wish for.”If their appeal for clemency falls on deaf ears at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo Senghor insisted that whatever punishment was meted out to them would still be accepted “with a great deal of serenity”.Trouble flared at the 60,000-capacity stadium after a penalty converted by Ivory Coast captain Drogba 15 minutes from time gave the top-ranked African nation a 2-0 lead.China-based Drogba also scored the opener from a powerfully struck free-kick soon after half-time. After a 40-minute delay while security officials battled to restore calm, the match was abandoned.last_img read more