Sexual harassment at work: Media women take the fight forward

Media women in Cameroon have taken the commitment to combat sexual harassment at work.

This was during a one-day workshop organised by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Cameroon Branch headed by Journalist Tchonko Becky Bissong.

During the session organised this 6th December 2018 in Yaounde, the different forms of harassment were identified.

The media women shared personal experiences and were agreed that harassment can be verbal, non-verbal and physical.

Also during the session, participants sized-up the impact of the vice in the general output of the victim and media house.

Sexual harassment causes stress, trauma, professional and financial frustration, mediocre performance and unnecessary tension amongst other negative things.

Some of the recommendations arrived at include:

– Frequent sensitisation

– The creation and implementation of gender policies in media houses

– The respect of the Code of Ethics for journalists, etc.

Media women left the session saying ‘NO’ to sexual harassment.

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) is an International body that protects women in media worldwide.

Discussions were held in the presence of representatives from;

– The National Communication Council

– The Ministry of Communication

– The Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family

– Jurists

– One male Journalist

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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