Greenpeace India has admitted a failure to create a “gender sensitive environment”, in the wake of allegations of serious sexual misconduct, including the alleged rape of a female Greenpeace staff member.
According to The Guardian;
The environmental group, which is already embroiled in a legal battle with the government over questions on its funding, said an internal review found lapses in how it dealt with crimes against women and gender sensitivity in the workplace.
“Greenpeace India treats issues of sexual harassment and violence seriously – and these recent allegations have shown that we need to strengthen our internal processes and our sensitivity training for staff and management,” the group said in a statement late on Tuesday.
“We are committed to a safe and equal workplace for all our staff, where people are free to work and live without harassment of any kind. As an organisation we haven’t done enough to create a shared culture of respect and sensitivity.”
The reference to a legal battle over funding probably refers to a recent government ban on Greenpeace India receiving overseas funds. The Indian government last year labelled Greenpeace India a threat to economic security.
This is the second serious sexual misconduct scandal this year to affect the Indian green movement. In February, Rajendra Pachauri resigned as chairman of the IPCC, after being accused of sexual harassment.