May 2, 2024

AIMS Ghana Hosts Comprehensive Sexual Harassment Training

The Centre recently organized a pivotal training session on sexual harassment for staff and students on the 29th of April 2024. Aimed at raising awareness and providing participants with the tools to recognize, prevent, and address sexual harassment in both academic and professional settings, the session was both timely and essential.

The training was led by Dr. Gladys Setordzie from the University of Ghana, covering various forms of sexual harassment, including quid pro quo, verbal, physical, and nonverbal harassment. Dr. Setordzie emphasized the importance of adhering to a professional dress code, stating that proper attire helps maintain professional standards and mutual respect within the workplace. However, she was clear that the responsibility for harassment always lies with the perpetrator, not the victim.

A significant portion of the session was dedicated to preventive measures. Dr. Setordzie called for the implementation of clear policies and procedures, the necessity of regular training, and the cultivation of a culture of respect and accountability. These steps are vital in creating a safe and supportive environment for all members of the community.

Addressing the aftermath of incidents was also a crucial topic. Dr. Setordzie underscored the importance of encouraging the prompt reporting of harassment without fear of retaliation. She detailed immediate response actions within 72 hours of rape or assault, such as the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), prevention of pregnancy, and the collection of evidence for laboratory analysis.

The training concluded with a powerful message: sexual harassment is never the victim’s fault, regardless of their attire. The session provided invaluable insights and practical strategies, empowering AIMS Ghana staff and students to effectively combat and prevent sexual harassment, thus fostering a safer and more respectful community.

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