Manju Warrier, Parvathi come together to form Women's Collective in Cinema

Women artists of Malayalam cinema meeting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Shortly after their meeting with the CM, Mr. Vijayan put up a Facebook post saying a committee would be constituted to look into the problems faced by women in the film industry.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday assured a delegation of women professionals from the film industry that the state government will set up a committee to study their needs and suggest measures to take care of them.

The collective wants internal committees to be set up in each film unit and other workplaces under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, to redress complaints related to sexual harassment, provision of benefits such as maternity leave, a welfare fund for those who can not work owing to health problems, insurance and Employees' Provident Fund, and facilities as basic as toilets for women on film sets.

In a first of its kind initiative in the country, women in Malayalam cinema including actors, directors, script writers and singers have come together and launched a new platform to safeguard their rights and ensure gender justice. The petitioners pointed out that this was not the first such incident, but rather the only reported one that came into the spotlight.

A committee would be formed to study the issue of women film professionals.

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The prime concern of the collective is the safety of women artists.

Previously, the Pinarayi government had promised that it would accommodate more women in the news industry.

Making it clear that their voices mattered, the Collective has said that the government should ensure that any discussion on cinema should necessarily involve women.

The Collective said the existing associations and bodies in the film industry do not bother to discuss important issues like wage disparity and work hours relating to women. Production units that are shooting movies should also be brought under the Sexual Harassment Prohibition Act, and set up a Sexual Harassment Complaint Cell on their sets.

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