May 6, 2021
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A legal practitioner Freda Aniwaah Boateng, has said men who pass sexual and romantic comments about women at the workplace are culpable for sexual violence.

She said verbal comments were also a form of sexual harassment and not just physical touches.

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The legal practitioner made this comment at a seminar organised by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association in Accra. Under a theme “Gender Based Violence: Impact on Health and Productivity in a COVID-19 World.”

“If you are a young lady and your boss has asked you to come greet him every morning before he gets energy to work and you cannot say no because he has authority over your salary increase, promotion or sustenance, it is workplace abuse,” she said.

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“Very soon, it will move from that to let’s go on a lunch date and then dinner date and to the others.”

She explained that sexual addresses on social media platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook were also forms of sexual violence at the workplace.

She, therefore, called on corporate institutions and working environments to develop measures to enable victims to speak up whenever they were harassed.

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