Put sexual harassment victims' welfare first, NGOs tell Health Ministry

Last Updated on Aug. 3, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry needs to place the interest of victims at the centre of its investigation on the alleged sexual harassment and abuses of housemen by the department the head of an orthopaedics department at a hospital in the Klang Valley.

The call was made by Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), which is made up of several NGOs including All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), Sisters in Islam, and Tenaganita. 

JAG said that there needed to be a change in how organisations and society perceive sexual harassment and abuse.

“Sexual harassment cases reflect an abuse of power.

“We need to break the culture of silence that allows sexual harassment and abuse to occur so blatantly within employment, and wider society.

“This culture allowed the sexual harassment at the hospital to go unchallenged for years, as reported,” said JAG in a statement released on Thursday (Aug 2).

JAG however said that it welcomed the Ministry’s announcement that an independent inquiry body would be set up to look into the case.

“We strongly recommend that this inquiry body is set up as soon as possible, and takes the necessary action.

“We stand in solidarity with all the women that have come forward from within the Ministry, and as a default, believe women who report their experiences of bullying, sexual harassment and assault,” added JAG.


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