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EMERGE Research Study


Study Purpose and Stakeholders
You are invited to participate in an online survey that is part of a research studyon sexual harassment at work. This study is being conducted by the following researchers:
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Aarti Shyamsunder, independent researcher
  • Researcher: Charu Khanna, independent researcher
  • Researcher: Sister Patricia D’Souza, HoD, Department of Psychology, Sophia College
  • Researcher: Ayesha Sharma, Counsellor, Sophia College

You are being invited to participate in this online survey because you are a member of the target population for this study: urban or semi-urban English-speaking working adults in India. The survey will ask you about your preferences and likely behaviours at work, when confronted with various incidents that occur in the work context.

The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete (you may 'save and continue' any number of times if you cannot finish it at once). If you agree to participate, you will first see survey instructions. You will then read short descriptions of various situations in the workplace. You will be asked to mark on a scale the likelihood that you would behave in a manner similar to the 'observer' in these situations. 

If you have questions about the study or its stakeholders, or if you would like to receive a copy of the report on the study, please contact the Primary Investigator at or +91 9108838549.

Benefits and Risks

Your participation in this study will help us build a tool to assess observers’ likely behaviours during sexual harassment at work and to coach people on appropriate behaviours in such situations. Ultimately, the tool will be accessible for free to other researchers and practitioners from the EMERGE website (, thus allowing others to conduct further research on this topic. Besides this, you will also be invited to a special (complimentary for you) webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work, as a token of our gratitude. To receive the invitation, you will need to provide your email address at the end of the survey.

It is possible that reading or thinking about these topics can be disturbing or uncomfortable. If the survey makes you uncomfortable, please do not participate. In addition, if you feel that you need to talk to anyone about any thoughts or feelings you have during or after the survey, please use iCALL, a telephone and email-based counselling service run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. You can use this link to access a list of counsellors:
iCALL List. iCALL can be accessed free of cost over the telephone by calling 022-2552111 (standard calling rates apply) and over email at from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm. For more details, visit In case of concerns over ethical issues, please contact Ms. Meena Pahwa, Sigma IRB Coordinator, +91 - 11 46195555 or

Confidentiality and Data Protection
The information you share with us if you participate in this study will be kept confidential. In addition, reports of study findings will only include data at an aggregate level (data from a large group of individuals together); individually identified data will not be shared at any point.

Voluntary Nature of Participation
Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You can choose not to take the survey. You can also choose to leave the survey at any point of time. Deciding not to participate will not have any consequences for you.
*Funding for this study has been provided by The Centre on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at the University of California, San Diego, USA, under its EMERGE (Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equity) initiative, Gender Equality/Empowerment Measurement Development and Testing (Round 2).
1. I have read this information and understand it. I give my consent to participate in this study. *This question is required.
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OISH Study Consent Form  
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