Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), a Singapore-based rights organisation, is organising a free seminar on "sexual harassment: protecting your organisation" on the 22nd April. The event is to launch AWARE's training programme for companies on sexual harassment.
The event is particularly useful for HR policy makers, corporate responsibility professionals, corporate counsels and anyone with an interest in the workplace harassment issue. For more details, see here.
Aware is the first women rights NGO in Singapore to have developed a workplace sexual harassment training programme for companies after several years of research.
In 2007 and 2008, AWARE conducted a survey of sexual harassment at the workplace. The NGO also gathered information about companies’ sexual harassment practices and policies, and recommendations on legal recourse for victims of workplace sexual harassment.
Key survey findings were:
-More than 50% of respondents said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment at their workplace.
-1 in 4 knew of people who had experienced some form of sexual harassment.
-Of those who experienced sexual harassment, 34% of women respondents and 19.2% of men respondents reported being harassed several times.
Singapore companies have shown remarkable reluctance to recognize that sexual harassment is a real issue that needs to be addressed by way of a firm policy and action.
AWARE's new training programme is an opportunity for all companies to make use of the training and introduce long overdue policy on sexual harassment.