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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!


On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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