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"Voice out your displeasures" - Victims of sexual harassment urged

Lead Consultant at the Dwamena-Aboagye Ltd (DAL), Dr. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye has urged victims of sexual harassment in various institutions to voice out their displeasures whenever they are harassed by employers or persons in higher positions.

According to her, voicing-out will help institutions to identify, arrest and also kick out perpetrators in order to save victims likewise the image of the company.

She was spoke at a workplace harassment training session organised by WIM Ghana in Accra.

She said "If you are an employer, support the implementation of policies or have policies that protects employees.

"Educate yourself about the policy so that incase anything happens, you would know how to deal or protect yourself"

"Adhere to the workplace policy as well. Some people have turned themselves into harassers. They are in the workplaces and don't allow employees to have their freedom"

Dr. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye stressed that once victims of sexual harassment are empowered, they will be able to speak assertively.

"Tell the harassers to stop"

Dr. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye further hinted that skills can be built out of assertiveness.

Taking her turn, Managing Consultant, Dwamena Aboagye Ltd (DAL), Naana Frimpong challenged men to also report women who harass them sexually.

She noted that until men voice out on sexual harassment, it will be difficult for the world to believe that they are also harassed.

"I know of a man whose wife had been knife-stabbing him and also hitting his head with fry pan. It continued for a long time till the man finally voiced out"

She also advised employees not to be intimidated by employers adding that the victims can report acts of sexual harassment to the police for actions to be taken.

On her part, Madam Esther Aboakye said "Women should stand for eachother and not be eachother's enemy"

She appealed to women in higher positions to extend helping hands to other women to help push them to attain higher heights.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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