Sexual harassment in the workplace

Jewel30
Posted October 3, 2021 from Namibia
Sexual harassment
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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is a type of harassment involving the use of explicit or implicit sexual overtones, including the unwelcome and inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Sexual harassment includes a range of actions from verbal transgressions to sexual abuse or assault

A few years back I once worked at Zim owned institution and our boss was based in another country.Our team consisted of 1 male and 3 females,myself being the only Zimbabwean.

One Monday morning our boss flew in and when he saw me he said,"Marrieta,you look so beautiful today ,may I carry you".I ignored and walked out of his office. Around 4pm,as we were rounding off,he comes to my desk asks if he can come to my  for dinner.I told him that my landlord doesn't allow males pamba.After a week of trying he left calling me at midnight to a point where I wld put my phone on flight mode.

We worked for two months without a salary(all of us)then one day he flew in again and unfortunately I had not gone to work,I was sick.He gave the other colleagues at least a month's salary.When I asked for mine he told me that he wasn't going to give me because I had refuses to make him happy . Well I had to find other means to pay the bills.I mean,God always provides.

This happens a lot in the workplaces and schools where the victims are mostly women.I don't know what can be done to stop such

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rebecca.tang
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you sharing your experience. We should not tolerate any Sexual Harassment especially in workplace and encourage other females to speak out. It may need to increase the general awareness and increase the legal protection on females from sexual harrassement.
Stay Safe! May Almighty God bless you!

megsmueller
Oct 03
Oct 03

Hi Jewel
Thank you for your story. This type of behaviour is sickening. I mean, how do they really get to that point of just choosing somebody to be their pet? As Rebecca says it so well - we can't be silent, we must speak out. We can't be threatened with our jobs, salaries etc. Far too many women are targeted with sexual harassment, especially in the work sector, leaving them emotionally damaged with serious repercussions.

Are you still employed at the same company? Please do take care and please do speak out and take action!

Keep safe!

Urvashi Shivdasani
Oct 04
Oct 04

This is crazy that your salary was withheld, thats illegal. Unfortunate that there is no one that you can take this up with. Keep speaking out though so finally the message is received and change is inevitable.

Beth Lacey
Oct 05
Oct 05

I am so sorry for your experience, That guy is less than an ant on the street. Stay strong

Grace Iliya
Oct 06
Oct 06

Hi Jewel
Thank you for sharing your experience. This is repulsive and unacceptable. I encourage you to speak out. It can be quiet difficult to do so especially in Africa but we cannot keep quiet on these issues. I hope you are able to find a support system that can help get justice.
Do be careful dear

Adriana Leigh G.
Oct 10
Oct 10

Jewel, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, and naming truth to power. I am so sorry you had to experience this. I can hear that you now have the strength inside to be in your power, having shared with us, no one can take that power from you. I agree with the sisters here, to stay safe. I know how hard it is to speak out on this, especially when there are not the mechanisms in place to name, identify and hold those like your boss to account. We are in solidarity with you. I thought I might also share a great resource here from COFEM that links gender-based violence, sexual harassment and everyday sexism as you work on this issue: https://cofemsocialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TS3-Connecting-...

Hugs from Canada,
Adriana