F I R E
my review here FIRE – Film Industry for Rights & Equality – is a government-certified, not-for-profit organisation meant to ensure a safe & healthy working environment for all members of the Kannada Film Industry (KFI).
A pioneering self-critical body in cinema circles across the country, FIRE intends to address & rectify internal industry struggles– from women’s issues to workers’ concerns– and stands as a collective voice against all societal inequities.
FIRE is composed of conscientious KFI members from various industry departments. Its by-laws specify the following: five office bearers including a woman president; a diverse managing committee with 50% women representation; and periodic elections to ensure internal & inclusive democracy.
FIRE has setup an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) that addresses and eradicates sexual harassment & ‘casting couch’ in KFI through victim confidentiality and in accordance with the Central Government’s 2013 ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.’
In addition to the ICC, FIRE plans to conduct workshops and training programs to spread awareness and sensitivity regarding sexual harassment throughout the Kannada film fraternity.
Simultaneously, FIRE has been working to provide government housing and health/education benefits for KFI workers from economically backward backgrounds.