The Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, Ghana Ms. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, has advised all corporate agencies to?endeavor?to have sexual harassment policies in their work places.

Ms. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye
Ms. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye

This she said, the policy would go a long way to help them curtail sexual harassment issues in the work places. She made this remark when The Ark Foundation Ghana in collaboration with the Open Society initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) held their 3rd Women’s Leadership and Policy Dialogue under the theme: “Sexual Harassment in the Work Place; Focus on Corporate Institutions” in Accra.

According to her, the dialogue was at bringing policy makers, Civil Society representatives
and leaders from Corporate Institutions to together to deliberate on the menace and also discuss strategies that would help address it.

She hinted that, the strategies would be formulated into policy recommendations within the context of ensuring gender equality in work place and later presented to relevant stakeholders for its implementation. She noted that, sexual harassment in Ghana is a worrying trend.

This she said, both the general public and the corporate Institutions have not paid much attention to its negative impact in the country. “While a single act may constitute sexual harassment, it is understood as a pattern of coerce behaviour that establishes control over the victim
and survivors.

The tactics employed by perpetrators progress slowly such that initially, they are not perceived as anything serious. Although some of these actions may not deserve criminal justice interventions, they can cause serious psychological and emotional harm and should be taken seriously”

According to her the menace is also a subject of serious law suits that has cost corporate Institutions millions of dollars in other countries.
“It is hoped that this policy dialogue will produce initiatives that will endure the development full implementation of sexual harassment policies for corporate organizations in addressing sexual harassment issues in the work place” she assured.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/ spyGhana.com

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