Why still no amendment to definition of rape — PKR Women

  • The Borneo Post
  • 16 June 2016
Voon (centre) at the press conference in the presence of Landeh PKR chairman Narawi Palayan Miniandi (right) and personal assistant to PKR chairman See Chee How, Jeffery Mok.

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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