Harassement

Rim Hayat Chaif
Posted May 20, 2015 from Algeria

Dear All in leadership Group, It is long time ago i didn't have the chance to post here, It is because i get a new job that has takken my whole time, so i wasn't not able to join you here. i am sorry for that.

i want to know ur opinion somthing, it is aboutharassment, i don't know what is the case in ur country, but here in Algeria, it is one of the phenomena that are very present in the society. but no one talke about it, there is no statistics, the women keep silence about, theydo not report it, don't to complain, they refuse to fight against these manners lest to be exposure to the violence, revenge or attacks.

What do you think about that? do you have this in your country? you town? what women do about it? do they complain?

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Alyssa Rust
May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015

Dear Rim Hayat,

Congratulations on the new job!!! Thanks for posting and posing this really important question to the leadership group. Living in the United States harassment is talked about, especially in the work place because there are so many laws against harassment. However, that was not always the case and even though there are laws and policies in place many women still go without saying anything and without discussing it. There is still a lot of stigma that is attached to someone who complains against another employee about harassment and often it leads to that person have to leave their job. It is something that needs to be discussed and continued to be addressed. Thanks for sharing this.

Sincerely, Alyssa Rust  

Rim Hayat Chaif
May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015

Thank you also Alyssa, it is a generated problem that existe every where. 

Olanike
May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015

It's nice to hear from you again Rim, and I am so happy to know that you have a new job. Congratulations!

On the issue of sexual harassment, sometimes I wonder to myself if there is any career woman that has not encountered this annoying  societal challenge. It have no doubts that it happens day in day out, even though victims hardly speak out. I say this based on experience.

Between 2003 and early 2004, I had to quit three apparently lucrative jobs in sequence. Reasons, Unwelcome sexual advances that created an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment for me. You may want to read a post I shared about my personal experience. See- https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/greengirl/posts/18271.

Sexual harassment is such a serious issue for women, yet it is often ignored or down played; and this encourages perpetrators to kepp plying such an illicit habit. For victims, silence should never be an option. This problem should be exposed for what it is- a hydra headed form of violence against women.

There is sure a need for women to speak out and support one another towards eradicating the problem. Thank you so much for stirring such an important discussion. Let's keep speaking out and learning from one another.

Support and hugs,

Olanike

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 04, 2015
Jun 04, 2015

Dear Rim, Congratulations on your job! And thank you for raising this extremely important and painful subject. In Canada also harassment is very common and the fear of speaking out remains strong, due to loss of jobs, increase in attacks, ridiculing of character. But women continue to speak out more and more, and increasingly, other women, and of late increasingly more men, are believing and vocally supporting the women speaking. Here in this past year, 7 women came forward about abuse by a popular TV host, which opened a flood of #beenrapedneverreported online. Then students spoke out about rape on campuses. This past week cadets in a military college and also at the highest levels of the national police men have been exposed, largely by brave survivors being interviewed by women reporters. This is all a huge change, though so many women remain unsupported when they come forward. I believe that success is growing because of the international call for an end to violence against women. It is becoming much more difficult for evidence to be ignored. We must continue to bring this issue forward, especially for the many women for who it remains unsafe to do so. Please stay safe, and know that we are in this together. With love, Tam

JANEKALU
Jun 08, 2015
Jun 08, 2015

Congrats for your new job.IT is some how a general things.You  know women are always ecposed to many kinds of harassment, more especially in African countries,where  the girls will always be ashamed of  speaking out to avoid more gossip.

thanks