More laws needed to protect women in workplaces: Survey

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 80 per cent of respondents to the Women Graduates Association’s (PSW) sexual harassment at the workplace survey have said that there are not enough laws protecting women from such incidents of harassment.

The president of the association, Pg Hjh Zabaidah Pg Hj Kamaludin, revealed the result of the survey which saw the participation of over 200 women from both the private and government sector.

Fifty-two per cent of the respondents were from the public sector, 44 per cent from the private sector and the remaining four per cent from other agencies.

More than half of the respondents had experienced the harassment over the course of a few days, said the president, adding that there are cases which take place for weeks, months and even years.

The study also found that 59.2 per cent of respondents felt that the “higher authorities are unfair in handling their cases of workplace sexual harassment”.

“Only 9.2 per cent make reports to the police,” said the president who added that 48.7 per cent confided in their work colleagues.

She said that most of the respondents, who are victims of sexual harassment, were from middle-management and had experienced workplace sexual harassment that include obscene words, immoral physical activities, the showing of images and pictures which are disturbing whether online or at their workplace.

“These cases of harassment have caused the respondents to feel angry, degraded, and ashamed amongst others,” said the PSW president.

“The association is still keeping this survey open and we hope that we can establish cooperation with the relevant authorities to find ways to help stop women, including those who are working, from experiencing sexual harassment,” said the president.

The survey, which was posted online, was launched by the association in March earlier this year for International Women’s Day.

Its aim is to learn more of sexual harassment in the workplace while establishing mechanisms in addressing these complaints. — Nabilah Haris

The Brunei Times