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Sexual harassment in workplace a prevalent issue

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Update: 11:40AM ONE in five women experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016 compared to one in three women in 2002.

This was revealed in the Fiji Women?s Rights Movement annual report between June 2016 to June 2017 that was released last week. 

According to the report, while there was a lot of progress in the last decade, with sexual harassment policies in the workplace made mandatory by the Fiji Employment Regulations Act (2007) and decreased incidences, it still remained a prevalent issue.

"More awareness is needed on having workplace sexual harassment policies and avenues of redress. The 2016 research found that the highest incidences of sexual harassment in the workplace occurred in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality sector," the report stated.

The Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Fiji 2016 study prompted FWRM to start an awareness campaign titled, 'Not OK! Stop Sexual Harassment'.

There were 92 organisations targeted for awareness on the campaign and information was also disseminated through social media platforms.

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