The chief anti-corruption official of Ghana on Friday called for urgent action against work place sexual harassment in the country.
The Director of Anti-Corruption Department at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Charles Ayamdoo, pointed out that sexual harassment, which is often reported from work places, is a tool of corruption which negatively affects the peace at the workplace.
“Introduce sexual harassment policies at the work places, and do not focus only on the big issues but also the quiet ones because some of the small ones are very lethal in theireffects,” Ayamdoo argued while presenting the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) on the last day of the five-day National Anti-Corruption Week celebration.
“Each form of corruption has specific characteristics and impacts on gender in specific ways. For instance administrative corruption may take the form of sexual harassment or extortion of sexual favors and services, where sex is exchanged for jobs, good grades in examinations or other desirables,” the director stressed.
Former Commissioner of CHRAJ, Justice Francis Emil Short told Xinhua in an interview later that the issue of sexual harassment at the work place is very real in Ghana.
According to him, “I receive so many reports all the time from females who were either harassed for sex while job-seeking or even at the work place after they have been employed.”
He added that even in schools some females report of demands for sex in exchange for grades, which lowers the morale of many.
Justice Short called for collective action against perpetrators of such acts so they can face the dictates of the law.
Saturday is the United Nations’ Day against Corruption and ahead of that Ghana’s anti-corruption coalition held a week-long National Anti-Corruption Week to draw attention to the negative consequences of corruption on the country. Enditem