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Combating Sexual Harassment for Women

ICAAD has teamed up with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) to conduct a train the trainers program to combat sexual harassment in the workplace for major public and private sector groups across Fiji. The program is designed to be scaled and replicated in other jurisdictions.

According to a study of 1,000 women in four major cities (Suva, Lautoka, Nadi, and Labasa) in Fiji by Tebbutt Research, 20% of women on average face sexual harassment in the workplace, with incidence being the highest (35%) for those in the hotel and accommodation industry.

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The potential participants for the training include: FWRM, Fiji Women’s Crisis Center, Fiji Human Resource Institution, Fiji Employer’s Network, Ministry of Employment, Productivity, and Industrial Relations for Fiji, The Fiji Trade Union Congress, Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association, Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, and the International Labor Organisation (ILO).
One of the best ways to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace is to ensure that there are clear procedures to guide conduct, document incidents, and prevent retaliation. Furthermore, leadership within companies must ensure rigorous implementation of sexual harassment policy and employers must be held legally accountable when they fail to uphold these values. Our goal is that local partners begin to replicate this training in multiple sectors by working closely with corporations and government institutions to design effective policy.
The training will be conducted November 27-29th, stay tuned for updates!

#RaiseYourShield

This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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