Chief Executive Officer, Girl Child Art Foundation (GCAF), Ada Onyejike-Ananaba, while giving her speech at the event themed: ‘Let’s talk: Work Place Harassment’, has urged to speak up on the various kinds of workplace harassment rather than hide it to protect the perpetrators.
She also said the awareness was expedient to reducing absenteeism and increased productivity in the workplace.
Onyejike-Ananaba, who further stated that the essence of the dialogue was to reduce job dissatisfaction and boost staff morale, added that in order to achieve equity on human rights, the causes of gender inequality and poverty amongst women and girls, cannot be addressed without providing those affected with a voice and space to participate in decisions affecting them.
The Chief Executive Officer, OMP Consult Limited, Olakanmi Onidundu, noted that harassment starts from within before it is exhibited in the open.This, he said, could be physical or psychological and occur because of gender, disability, ethnicity and culture among others.
According to him, of the 12 fundamental human rights listed in the constitution, nine focuses on harassment.He added that workplace harassment has caused people to leave their jobs with a lot of intellectual property that could help put the organisations at a top competitive edge.
Onidundu called on women who are mostly affected to be aware of their rights, while urging company’s Human Relation practitioners to enshrine it in their constitution.
Source: Guardian Woman