Elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace - PNG

As part of the United Nations’ contribution to the 16 Days Campaign to End Violence Against Women in the Pacific, the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a training on elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace in Port Moresby

As part of the United Nations’ contribution to the 16 Days Campaign to End Violence Against Women in the Pacific, the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a training on elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace on 28 and 29 November in Port Moresby.

The training was organized for labour inspectors, trade union representatives and employers in Papua New Guinea. Through interactive discussions, group activities and presentations, the participants learnt more about sexual harassment and how to prevent it.

The training consisted of 6 modules, which included: Understanding of gender equality, sex based discrimination in the world of work, and ILO’s work to improve gender equality; Understanding sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly in PNG; Learning about workplace policies to eliminate sexual harassment; How to establish correct grievance mechanisms in the workplace to assist alleged victims and alleged harassers; How to properly communicate policies in workplaces and organize trainings; and Identifying next steps for tripartite constituents

Sexual harassment is a major barrier for women’s participation in the world of work, and has many negative effects for workplaces, society, the women workers and their families. Women can only achieve economic empowerment when they have the same rights and opportunities in work as men. ILO is planning to conduct further activities to eliminate sexual harassment, with the same partners, in 2013.