Calls For Strengthening Of Legislation On Sexual Harassment

Issues of sexual harassment are currently enshrined in different pieces of legislation, including the Domestic Violence and Labour Acts.
By Tafadzwa Mupfururirwa.
MUTARE – Calls are being made for the enactment of comprehensive legislation to deal with all forms of sexual harassment in order to end gender-based violence and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
Sexual harassment has remained an issue of major concern, yet it is not clearly defined in the existing laws.
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Director Legal Services Ms Fungai Chiware, while addressing participants at a consultative meeting this Thursday in Mutare, reiterated government’s commitment to promoting gender equality.
“As a ministry one of our vital functions is to formulate, recommend, implement, coordinate and evaluate policies strategies and programmes that promote women empowerment, gender equality, community cooperative and MSMEs development. In line with this function we received communication on the proposed two bills from Zimbabwe Gender Commission we then had to come to you stakeholders for consultations,” she said.
Issues of sexual harassment are currently enshrined in different pieces of legislation, including the Domestic Violence and Labour Acts.
However, the provisions have not comprehensively addressed issues of sexual harassment, hence the call by stakeholders for the enactment of laws that specifically deal with sexual harassment.
“This piece of legislation is very important because it will protect us as women especially in the workplace,” said one participant.
“Sexual harassment is a major problem in various spaces so if it can be criminalised then we can go somewhere in terms of dealing with such issues.
“This is really a progressive move because it is high time we have legislation that deals with sexual harassment and gender equality,” said another
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development is conducting nationwide consultations to gather views of various stakeholders with regards to the development of principles of the Sexual Harassment and the Gender Equality Bill.

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