Toolkit introduced for investigating workplace harassment cases

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PESHAWAR: June 29, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ombudsperson and UN Women have released a toolkit on “Understanding Sexual Harassment, Legal Provisions, Roles of Duty Bearers and Right Holders” in order to train inquiry committee members and stakeholders to dispense justice to victims.

According to a press statement by UN Women, the toolkit will train those tasked with investigating workplace harassment cases “on the law and redressal mechanisms for dispensation of justice to victims”. It has been developed with the “specialised” help of UN Women.

Quoting UN Women’s representative in Pakistan Aisha Mukhtar said, “Sexual harassment at workplace is a pervasive issue that hampers women’s economic empowerment and their access to employment opportunities. It affects not only victims and their families but also the whole economy in form of decline in productivity and job losses.

“It is encouraging to see more women speaking up about their experiences of sexual harassment and there is a need to enhance the capacities of institutions to effectively respond to complaints.’

The press statement highlighted that incidents of workplace harassment do not just affect women and their families they also have an impact on communities. The aim of both KP ombudsperson and UN Women is to work towards effective implementation of legislation by “strengthening existing mechanisms, raising awareness, producing knowledge products and enhancing the capacity of Ombudsperson Office” so that incidents of workplace harassment can be eliminated.

KP Ombudsperson Rukhshanda Naz during the virtual launch of the toolkit that our emphasis is on the execution and smooth implementation of the Workplace Harassment Law to make sure that the environment is safe for women to reach their full potential and contribute to the economy.

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