By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon. Anita Among has called upon employers to safeguard against sexual harassment in the workplaces that are usually perpetuated by men against women.
She made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with female staff of parliament at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
Among noted that no woman should have to tolerate such a conduct as it violates the respect and dignity of the victims.
‘’Parliamentary Commission has a fully-fledged anti-sexual harassment policy enshrined in Section 9 of the Parliamentary Service Human Resource Policy Manual. Am disappointed that such a vice is still existent,’’ she said.
Among added that they are aware that women at the workplaces face unique realities saying there is a need for the public to openly deliberate upon such issues to make the workplaces a better environment for all.
She discerned that such flagrant acts are usually in the form of unwelcome sexual advances, promises of rewards and favors, sometimes taking even wilder forms devoid of requests for sexual favors but forms such as verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Among challenged the public to join the fight against this iniquity and be open about it so they can confront it and its perpetrators head on.
She expressed firm commitment to address the issue of sexual harassment that has impeded access to equitable treatment and opportunities in employment.