Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Francis-Xavier Sosu has called for a National Policy on anti-sexual Harassment. He made the calls on the hills of the BBC expose on ‘sex for grade’ in Ghana and Nigeria
Below is the full statement
Let us not be too quick to judge and condemn Prof Ransford Gyampo. He has worked very hard to get to his current position and we must respect his achievements and give him the benefit of the doubt.
However, I believe in all fairness the University of Ghana will do itself and the international community some good if it immediately causes an investigation into the allegations and make its position officially known on this matter.
As a matter of concern, Ghana needs to immediately consider a national anti-sexual harassment policy for all public and private institutions. There is no doubt that a lot of our ladies and young professionals suffer various degrees of sexual abuse in silence. Many young females in our educational and professional establishments across the country are victims and we must work to stop this.
It seems as a country, we have lowered the bar so much that many inappropriate sexual behaviours (words, touches, eye contacts) go undetected and unpunished. This leaves the victims traumatised. We must get serious as people with these matters too.
If you are a pastor, parent, teacher, lecturer, driver, or some
superior (boss) in some company, remember that any unwelcomed and
inappropriate sexual behaviour and gestures can amount to harassment.
For the record, Sexual Harassment is defined as
“behaviour characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace or other professional or social situation.”
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.