Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advances by a male superior towards a female employee, creating an intimidating work environment. Sexual harassment can be written, verbal or physical conduct. A single event is enough to establish sexual harassment; it doesn’t have to be repeated.
A research carried out by pulse tv in Nigeria indicated that 63% of the respondents have been sexually harassed in their workplace, 9.8% filed a complaint to the HR Department of their organizations.
Do we have to tolerate sexual harassment as a requirement in exchange for employment, promotion, movie role or any kind of job benefit?
What policy are organizations putting in place to combat sexual harassment of women?
When will our government implement a civil right acts prohibiting sexual harassment of women?
What are you as a woman doing to combat this act?
Must this continue like this?
Do we keep watching these egocentric male supervisors threaten their female employees?
How do we protect ourselves against this terrible act?
We need to join the awareness movement and raise our voices. We need to expose the offenders. We want an environment conducive for women to work. We want to get that promotion without been harassed, we want to get that movie role without been asked for sex.
We want a labor act that prohibits sexual harassment during employment and at workplace.
As today’s women, we say NO to sexual harassment in the workplace.
We will continue to raise our voice.
We are the movement! Be the Movement!!
Abimbola Kolapo is a federal civil worker in Nigeria. She is the founder and creator of Touching lives for Human Development Initiative. She is also a leadership mentor for school students under the initiative The Future Leader. She is very passionate about helping the less privileged and inspiring the coming generation.
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