- Goal Diggers
by Diggers Correspondent on 11 Dec 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 9 Dec 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 9 Dec 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 9 Dec 2018
by Stuart Lisulo on 10 Dec 2018by Zindikilani Banda on 10 Dec 2018by Stuart Lisulo and Sandra Mulenga on 10 Dec 2018by Diggers Reporter on 6 Dec 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 11 Dec 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 11 Dec 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 10 Dec 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 7 Dec 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Linda Kasonde on 10 Dec 2018by Gerald Pule Mulao on 27 Nov 2018by Mwenya Musenge on 23 Nov 2018by Joseph Lungu on 21 Nov 2018
by Diggers Editor on 11 Dec 2018by Diggers Editor on 10 Dec 2018by Diggers Editor on 9 Dec 2018by Diggers Editor on 6 Dec 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 28 Sep 2018by Tenson Mkhala on 28 Sep 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 8 Sep 2018
- Guest Diggers
by Linda Kasonde on 10 Dec 2018by Guest Digger on 5 Dec 2018by Obrian Ndhlovu on 4 Dec 2018by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 1 Dec 2018
Men usually demand sexual favours before promoting women – PanosBy Mirriam Chabala on 30 Mar 2018
Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called on governments in the region to make it mandatory for all employers to have a workplace policy against sexual harassment in work institutions.
PSAf executive director Lillian Kiefer observed in a statement yesterday that sexual harassment was one of the biggest hindrances to women’s advancement into positions of power and influence in Southern Africa.
And according to a review of political party systems and structures conducted by PSAf officials, Kiefer noted that women who aspired for positions of influence were often subjected to unwanted sexual advances and also expected to perform sexual favours to men in influential positions in order to be considered.
“Sexual harassment has become so entrenched to the extent of almost being normalised in some sections of our society. As a result, women are afraid to speak out because by so doing, they may appear to be challenging some aspects of the social set-up. In some cases where the women take a bold step to speak out, society tends to shame the victims instead of supporting them to fight the harassment. We therefore encourage women who have been sexually harassed, or have information about a specific sexual harassment case, to share this information with trusted stakeholders so that the perpetrators may be brought to book,” Kiefer stated.
Kiefer stated that sexual harassment would continue being practiced in schools, homes and communities if victims continued being silent and defending perpetrators.
“Despite sexual harassment of women being so rampant at home, in the workplaces and at learning institutions, very few women have come out to report. In some cases, reports are made but the cases are usually swept under the carpet without any action being taken against the perpetrators. PSAf is of the view that as long as women, who are the majority of victims of sexual harassment remain silent on the issue, the vice will continue unabated,” she stated.
And Kiefer feared that the failure to address sexual harassment would reverse a lot of the gains made in increasing the participation of women in positions of influence.
“As an organisation that works to amplify voices of the poor and marginalised, we endorse the global ‘#MeToo’ campaign against sexual harassment. Addressing sexual harassment is very high on PSAf’s agenda, and we place the same demand on all the stakeholders that we work with. We are of the view that failure to address sexual harassment will reverse a lot of the gains made in increasing the participation of women in positions of influence.”
Meanwhile, Kiefer called on all governments in Southern Africa to make it mandatory for all employers to have a workplace policy on sexual harassment in order to combat the vice.
“To address this vice, we encourage governments in Southern Africa to make it mandatory for all employers to have a workplace policy on sexual harassment. We also encourage the media and civil society to facilitate engagement on sexual harassment in a manner that does blame or shame the victims. We also endorse as suggestion by one participant in a debate on the PSAf Facebook page that women must always be armed with voice recorders or other gadgets that will enable them to capture evidence of sexual harassment,” stated Keifer.
About Mirriam Chabala
Mirriam Chabala is a Zambian journalist who covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news
- Lungu weakest opponent we can face in 2021 – Kambwili - 11 Dec 2018
- Police stop joint opposition protest - 11 Dec 2018
- We haven’t had pay rise at Cabinet in 4yrs – Msiska - 11 Dec 2018
- ConCourt misinterpreted Constitution to favour Lungu – Chipimo - 11 Dec 2018
- PEPFAR awards MoH US$3.5m to enhance cervical cancer screening - 11 Dec 2018
- Police arrest Ndola women filmed torturing girl for sleeping with their husbands
- Our ConCourt is more dangerous than Zambians think
- Shelve your ambitions now, I am standing in 2021, Lungu tells PF
- Police warn, caution Kay Figo over 'pornographic' image
- Chill Edgar, forcing yourself on people will invite revolution – Shakas
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend