EMTHONJENI WOMEN’S FORUM STATEMENT ON 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM : 2018
“WOMEN SHOULD SPEAK OUT ON WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT”
(EMTHONJENI WOMEN’S FORUM STATEMENT ON 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM : 2018)
26 NOVEMBER 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sexual harassment pertains to any unwelcome advances or behaviour of a sexual nature that is expressed verbally, non-verbally or physically. Sexual harassment is not a compliment. Not all sexual harassment is overtly obvious, but all forms have the same impact. It is therefore important to nurture and inculcate values in boys so that they grow to respect and value women. Women and girls need support and empowerment to be bold to report all forms of sexual harassment. We also need to strengthen our legal systems to provide a free and fair justice environment that women can trust and depend on for recourse.
Our activism should continue until safety and security is realized as right and not a privilege.
Let us all be advocates against sexual harassment and not be bystanders. Let us strengthen our education system to be a place of learning and not fear. Let us also strengthen our workplaces to be sexual violence free zones. It goes beyond having policies against sexual harassment.
As Emthonjeni Women’s Forum joins the progressive world to commemorate the 2018 “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence” under the theme ‘Ending Sexual Harassment in the workplace’, we note that rape and workplace sexual violence is on the increase. Statistics claim that a woman is raped every hour in Zimbabwe. As EWF we have a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment and are committed to empowering sexually abused women with information, skills and counselling services. We further call on the professional women (who are mainly silent victims of workplace sexual harassment) to realize their voices and stand up for their rights.
–Together we can raise our voices to break the silence on sexual harassment at the workplace. Are you using your voice in a way that encourages the safety and respect for women?
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism window, EWF shall be carrying out various activities to advocate and create awareness on gender-based violence and sexual harassment both in the workplace and the public domain.
Emthonjeni Women’s Forum (EWF) is a registered organization that was founded in the year 2010 and exists to respond to Gender Based Violence against women through capacity building, offering psychosocial support and counselling services to both GBV survivors and perpetrators. EWF is headquartered in Bulawayo and has active programmes in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South.
Statement by: Emthonjeni Women’s Forum
Emthonjeni Women’s Forum 32A George Silundika
Btwn 1st/2nd Ave, Bulawayo
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