New law not enough to stop sexual harassment, advocate says

While the organization that advocates against domestic violence here has thrown its support behind the recently adopted Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017 it is warning that the legislation itself is not the be all and end all.

“Sexual harassment has been going on for ages, not just in the workplace but throughout the island, and women in particularly have accepted it in the workplace out of fear,” the new chairman of the SAVE Foundation Barbara Daniel-Goddard said last weekend at the foundation’s purple walk and rally held as part of activities to commemorate 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

“The legislation is a step in the right direction but it does not necessarily mean that it will stop sexual harassment, but it does mean that there is a consequence to the action,” she said.

A study conducted six years ago by researchers Marsha Hinds-Layne and Dr Dwayne Devonish of the University of the West Indies, found that approximately one-fifth of all workers in Barbados had fallen prey to sexual harassment on the job.

The findings of the study were only made public in late October this year amid widespread national debate over the sexual harassment legislation.

The new law makes provision for the protection of employees in the public and private sectors from sexual harassment at the workplace, provides a framework for the reporting of sexual harassment cases by employees, and establishes a procedure for the hearing and determination of matters related to sexual harassment.

Close to 50 women, men and children took to the boardwalk for last weekend’s rally, chanting “Speak Out, Reach Out”.

“Today we acknowledge the women whose lives have been cut short and those women who are still living with abusive partners and we are thankful for those who have escaped with their lives,” Daniel-Goddard told the rally, adding that support remained important as abused women carried emotional and physical scars.

The march was the only event being organised by the SAVE Foundation during the 16 days of activism which commenced on November 25 -the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through to December 10, Human Rights Day.

“I am glad to report that this year we have not seen any reports of death caused by domestic violence . . . [but] make no mistake, domestic violence is a serious matter. It permeates all aspects of society like a plague with its impact affecting the mental, emotional, physical, financial and psychological well-being of the victim’s life,” Daniel-Goddard stated.

7 Responses to New law not enough to stop sexual harassment, advocate says

  1. Ras Small
    Ras Small December 7, 2017 at 1:06 am

    But sure to build dat next prison and further clog up de courts (+ new traffic amendments too).

  2. archy perch December 7, 2017 at 2:37 am

    This sexual harassment issue is bringing down many noted celebrities and bigshots in the United States to date, I wonder when things are going to happen in Barbados. We need to expose ALL the perpetrators ALL… (man and woman). Men hitting on men; women hitting on women included. Politicians hitting on women, male politicians and female politicians that have done or are doing it. I want the victims to come forward and spill the beans on the aggressors. I am especially interested in the women who have been bitten. To me that is cannibalistic and immoral.Come forward victims. Somebody start the ball rolling as was done in the USA. Spill the beans on Wuk-fa-Wuk. The timing is right; the topic is here; You may not get another chance like this.

  3. Saga Boy December 7, 2017 at 5:34 am

    archy yah making me laugh over the serious issue especial when you speak of persons being bitten perhaps by female politicians. I want people to come out and speak about being bitten and having to be admitted to the hospital; I want persons to speak about being hit violently on the head with objects because another male or female thought it to be natural and I want people to come out and take car seats being cut up and having to run away from female politicians and I want them to come from near and far.

    • roger headley December 7, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Nasty creature

  4. tyrone downes December 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I too would like to hear some of the young women victims come forward and speak the truth about how they were harrassed and so on by some politicians. Here in St.George we have Dwight Sutherland doing his thing with the women just like his friend Gline Clarke. I always thought Mr. Sutherland was a straight-up christian man, but I recently had to change my mind about him, when someone told me the foolishness he was doing. Both he and Gline always together like brothers. Birds of a feather flock together. Dwight got to be careful he does not pass a STD to his beautiful wife. SMH.

  5. milli watt December 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t wait for the first accusation bout here……….these woman who attempt to pass themselves off as progressive spiteful and lying so this going up they gap.

  6. Ossie Moore December 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    My dear ladies and gentlemen these kind of measures will be more frequent due to the fact that our work places are being filled by those aliens called computers and what’s more than a civil war, these computer guys would want in the work place. It also benifits Venice because Mars will loose power. As these alien species become more inhouse they have set their minds on reducing earth’s population in an ecological fashion.


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