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26 December 2019

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

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Press Release: Stop sexual harassment in the workplace

Press Release: Stop sexual harassment in the workplace

26/12/19

Sexual harassment in the workplace is prevalent in Fiji and varied and there must be stronger commitment to address it.
 
Recent allegations of sexual harassment being reported in the media underpins a much larger issue that is pervasive on our streets, homes, communities and in our work places.

“We must support women who are speaking out and reclaiming their voice and power. This is not the time for silence, particularly when gender based violence against women is so prevalent in this country,” said FWRM Executive Director Nalini Singh.

“Women deserve equal participation in the world of work, free from violence, harassment and any form of discrimination. Unfortunately, safe workplaces are not the reality for many women.”

According to FWRM’s 2016 research, 1 in 5 Fijian women were found to have been sexually harassed in the workplace. FWRM has advocated for sexual harassment awareness and prevention for many years. The findings of the research were used as part of FWRM’s NOT OK! Stop Sexual Harassment Campaign.

“We can all work towards safe workplaces for everyone by providing a strong support network and being informed on these issues. We must stop victim blaming. Violence should not be condoned. Change and proactive steps should be taken at all levels to end sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Ms Singh.

 “We need stronger commitment to ensure that employers and workplaces have adopted and implemented sexual harassment policies that are consistent with the national standards as stated in the Employment Relations Act. Police and justice sectors must take action.”

Gender based violence in the workplace is also a priority under new international labour standards.

“The new ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 is an opportunity for Government to strengthen its obligations towards ending gender based violence in the workplace.”

“For far too long, women have been subject to gender-based discrimination and violence in the workplace. As we move into 2020, let’s pick up the momentum to demand and create a society that is safe, peaceful and prosperous for everyone.”

FWRM provides sexual harassment awareness and prevention training. For more information visit website www.fwrm.org.fj

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