Take sexual harassment issue more seriously — SWWS

  • The Borneo Post
  • 10 Oct 2018
The SWWS forum participants listen to a presentation by one of the speakers.

KUCHING: Sarawak Women for Women Society ( SWWS) wants everyone in society to take sexual harassment issue more seriously.

In a press statement, SWWS believes that too many people see this issue as ‘ just f lirting’, not realising that it is ‘ unwanted, unwelcomed, unsolicited and unreciprocated sexual activity’.

Speaking during the ‘ Women for Progress’ forum recently, SWWS vice president Dr Angie Garet commented that sexual harassment could range from disrespectful remarks to pressuring employees to be involved in any sexual activity to keep their much-needed job.

“Although most is directed at women, it can also occur to men and it is an abuse of power,” said Dr Angie, who was one of the panel speakers at the forum.

On Sarawak level, SWWS is calling for the Sarawak Labour Ordinance to be amended; the circular protecting federal government employees (Circular No22, 2005) to be clearly applicable to state employees; and all private companies to follow the government’s Code of Practice on the Prevention and Eradication of Sexual Harassment.

Meanwhile, individuals who are being or have been sexually harassed are encouraged to contact SWWS via http:// sarswws.org/, or call the Crisis Phone Line on 082- 422660.

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