The Law Society of Zimbabwe is crafting a sexual harassment policy amid reports of sexual harassment in government departments and also in the private sector, with women being the main victims of sexual predators.
Nikiwe Ncube Tshabalala, Law Society of Zimbabwe councillor said crafting a sexual harassment policy is very important considering that no one is immune from the vice.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights executive director, Roselyn Hanzi echoed Tshabalala’s remarks:
There is a need to have sexual harassment policies in organisations because people be it male or females are undergoing sexual harassment, but there is no clear way as to how one deals with such a situation. So, having such a policy will help redress the challenge.
ZBC News cites lawyer, Phyllis Mudekwa as saying it is necessary to have a guild line concerning how to handle sexual harassment in the workspace. Mudekwa added:
So in the private sector, it is also important to craft sexual harassment policies.
The Government approved the Zimbabwe Public Sexual Harassment Policy in April this year as part of measures to ensure the “protection of the dignity of workers in the public service and maximum work productivity for efficient and effective service delivery”.