GNOW championing Sexual Harassment Law

The Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) is fighting to have legislation prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace put on the statute books.

Immediate past president of GNOW, Bernadette Molly Bartholomew told members of the media that her organisation is trying to have the Ministry of Legal Affairs speed up the process of having the sexual harassment in the work place legislation brought to parliament.

Bartholomew spoke of the process being a tedious one.

According to her, the legislation which was drafted by attorney-at-law, Anande Trotman-Joseph with input from another barrister-at-law, Jacqueline Sealy Burke of the Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic was first sent to the Ministry of Social Development which then passed it on to the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

She said GNOW will now have to pressure the Ministry of Social Development to get the Ministry of Legal Affairs to work on the legislation.

“That is the same thing that happened to the Domestic Violence Act,” she remarked.

Bartholomew stressed that GNOW was the one that initiated the writing of the Domestic Act and partnered with the Ministry of Social Development to have the act past in parliament by the Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2010.

The former GNOW President indicated that sexual harassment in the work place is real.

She spoke of being privileged to have worked on two cases of sexual harassment in the work place at the private sector through the initiative of the Ministry of Labour.

President of GNOW, Gloria Payne-Banfield who wants to see the sexual harassment legislation come on stream indicated that a lot of work went into having the legislation put together.

Payne-Banfield said that this is one of the initiatives GNOW is looking to have implemented.

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