Report workplace sexual harassment – CHRAJ to victims

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The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is urging victims of sexual harassment at workplaces to report such cases to the right institutions to seek redress.

CHRAJ maintains that sexual harassment remains a worrying development in both public and private companies and thus called on leaders of institutions to enforce anti-harassment regulations.

Speaking at a capacity building training on equal rights and economic empowerment for women in Kumasi, Ashanti Regional Director of CHRAJ, Mercy Larbi said victims of sexual harassment must not prioritize their job security at the expense of their human rights.

“If you are in an institution either private or public and you don’t have such policy, you have to get, because it is in the gender policy that you are supposed to get a sexual harassment policy. If you are in a set up where sexual harassment is taking place, workers of such institution are not able to work freely; worker would at work with the fear of being harassed at any point in time. People don’t take advice when such things are happening, please take evident so cases can be easily prosecuted,” she said.

Last year the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Joseph Whittal, said sexual harassment policies should be made a priority in every institution.

He said institutions should make sure sexual harassment cases are reported and followed on till predators are sanctioned.

Joseph Whittal stated that sexual harassment rules were a national requirement under the national anti-corruption plan because it has become the basis for protecting women in an era where sexual harassment is so persistent.

A group Ghanaian advocacy groups and individuals have also called on the Akufo-Addo government to implement the Domestic Violence Act and Domestic Violence Regulations to protect Ghanaian women and girls.

The group also wants the government to strengthen agencies responsible for the effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Act.

The group made up of non-profit agencies, advocacy groups and individuals, collaborating with the Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana made the appeal in a letter written to President Akufo-Addo last week.

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