Abrahams against sex ha­rass­ment on the streets too

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Parliament -

OP­PO­SI­TION SPOKESMAN Wil­fred Abrahams is call­ing for leg­is­la­tion to ad­dress the prob­lem of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in pub­lic places.

The Bar­ba­dos Labour Party se­na­tor yes­ter­day ex­pressed dis­gust at the sex­ual taunts of­ten en­dured by women on the streets of Bar­ba­dos from men whom he suggested were down­right dis­re­spect­ful.

“We ought to look at sex­ual ha­rass­ment in pub­lic. Too of­ten our ladies, in par­tic­u­lar on the street, are sub­jected to some of the most aw­ful com­ments,” the at­tor­ney said while mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to de­bate on the Em­ploy­ment Sex­ual Pre­ven­tion Ha­rass­ment Bill, 2017.

Declar­ing his sup­port for what he de­scribed as “crit­i­cal leg­is­la­tion”, he said the bill was “well past due”, adding: “I am pleased to say that we are de­bat­ing what I be­lieve to be a holis­tic and thor­ough piece of leg­is­la­tion.”

He suggested spe­cific peo­ple in the work­place should be se­lected and trained to han­dle com­plaints about sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as he noted the leg­is­la­tion was not seek­ing ini­tially to pe­nalise, but aimed at “me­di­a­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion or set­tle­ment”.

Abrahams said Gov­ern­ment should em­bark on an ed­u­ca­tional blitz to en­lighten the pub­lic about the de­tails of the leg­is­la­tion, but was adamant it should go fur­ther and ad­dress the prob­lem is­land­wide. ( GC)

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