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Workshop Discusses The Sexual Harassment In Maritime Industry

According to FJ WIMA president, Jane Koi, sexual harrassment in the workplace was relevant and significant in today’s world. She said that it was one of the untold challenges in the male-dominated maritime industry.
10 Jul 2020 11:49
Workshop Discusses The Sexual Harassment In Maritime Industry
FJ WIMA president Jane Koi.

In a bid to create awareness and address issues surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace, a workshop has been organised by the Fiji Women in Maritime Association (FJ WIMA) for its members.

According to FJ WIMA president, Jane Koi, sexual harassment in the workplace was relevant and significant in today’s world. She said that it was one of the untold challenges in the male-dominated maritime industry.

“We have had people who had shared experiences of experiencing some sort of sexual harassment while on vessels working and even offshore,” Ms Koi said.

“So we thought that we could have our members sit together and discuss ways on how we could deal with this issue.

“Plus, it’s law and we need to be aware of it, we are localising it and at the same time empowering our women in maritime, so that when they go out there and carry out their work, they know what to do and how to deal with it.”

Yesterday’s workshop included women seafarers, male and female officers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division, company heads, and women who work offshore in administration work.

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement facilitated the workshop on awareness and prevention of sexual harassment to more than 30 members.

“These workshops and trainings will go on, during this pandemic; we have also noted that a number of issues that have been brought up to our attention. One of which is mental health, we are going to have ways to address that too.

“We need to promote self care and look after ourselves.”

Ms Koi said at the conclusion of the workshop, she hoped members become confident and know what to do instead of just sitting around and knowing that there is an untold issue happening in our workplaces.

“We’re making that effort to change the mindset,” she said.

She said there was room for women to grow in the industry and it would begin by addressing issues that affected them.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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