YMCA speaks out against sexual harassment at Game Stores
Time Posted: August 14, 2014 8:37 pm
Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) President, Lucy Lungu, has commended former Game Stores employee, Mukamulati Mwila, for breaking her silence and speaking out on the alleged sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of her boss.
Ms Lungu stated in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka that most females do not report cases of sexual harassment due to lack of evidence and fear of intimidation from their employers.
The YWCA President’s comments come in the wake of revelations by Ms Mwila that she was fired by Game Stores Manager, Vincent Palan, for refusing to have sex with him.
Ms Lungu stressed that her organisation will monitor the case closely to see to it that relevant authorities handle the matter fairly.
She has since urged employers to put systems in place or have forums for female employees to report cases of sexual harassment in different organisations as they are usually the victims of such acts.
M Lungu also called on all female employees facing similar predicaments to report such incidents to bring culprits to book.
Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Fackson Shamenda has advised relevant authorities, to ensure the accused stays out of work and does not leave the country until the matter has been resolved.
Mr Shamenda said his ministry is currently conducting investigations in the matter in collaboration with the Victim Support Unit of the Zambia Police service.
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