Abrahams against sex harassment on the streets too
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)