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30 Nov 2009 09:57
How can you practically empower yourself, or the women and children you know, during this year’s 16 days of Activism? The Mail & Guardian‘s “HOW TO” guide will tackle a different area each day, including suing for maintenance, applying for a social grant and getting an interdict against an abusive partner.
Sexual harassment is a common problem in our country.
In a lot of instances, however, victims of sexual harassment either dismiss the misconduct as not qualifying as harassment or are simply not aware of what legally constitutes such an act.
The Code of Good Conduct on Handling Sexual Harassment Cases is the benchmark from which employers can get guidance on how to prevent/deal with sexual harassment in an organisation.
Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, distinguishing it from behaviour that is welcome and mutual.
Sexual harassment is noticeable by:
Forms of sexual harassment
Sexual harassment may include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct, but is not limited to the examples listed below:
There are formal and informal steps that a victim of a victim of sexual harassment can take to resolve the matter.
In order to get to the bottom of a sexual harassment matter, a victim can:
Should you choose to go the formal route in reporting the abuse, you should:
The above information is courtesy of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Wits University,
Gender Links and jobs.co.za.
View more on our special report on 16 days of activism here.
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