Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Getting More Attention
Sexual Harassment in the workplace is once again coming under the microscope. Although there have not been widespread reports of such cases locally, the authorities are still keeping a close eye on the issue since it is believed many cases are being swept under the carpet. Women most times find themselves as victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
In Guyana, the Women and Gender Equality commission has been at the forefront of the fight against sexual harassment. Earlier this week the commission hosted a public forum tackling the issue head on.
Head of the department of management studies at the University of the West Indies, Dr Gwendoline Williams has been examining how best sexual harassment cannot only be managed in the work place but eradicated all together. The workplace she said must be a safe place.
But in the Caribbean, there must be some understand of human behavior and as such a closer examination of what really constitutes sexual harassment.
Dr Williams said too that in clearly defining sexual harassment in the work place, there must also be an account of whether it is being encouraged and that’s an issue that is by itself debatable.
The women and gender equality commission has been looking at ways to ensure the empowerment of women in the society and the commission remains open to dealing with the many issues that may be affecting women in the workplace.