GNOW championing Sexual Harassment law

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

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

Stating that the process was a tedious one, Bartholomew said that the legislation which was drafted by attorney-at-law, Anande Trotman-Joseph with input from another lawyer, Jacqueline Sealy-Burke of the Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic, was first sent to the Ministry of Social Development which then passed it onto the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

She said it is becoming clear that GNOW will 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 added.

Bartholomew noted 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 passed in Parliament in 2010 under the former Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

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

She spoke of working two cases of sexual harassment at the work place in the private sector through the initiative of the Ministry of Labour.

Newly elected President of GNOW, Gloria Payne-Banfield who wants to see the sexual harassment legislation come on stream soon 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 committed to see implemented.

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