Manitoba awareness campaign wants to end sexual harassment of civil servants

Manitoba government conducts an information campaign to stop sexual harassment of civil servants.

The campaign has six posters that explain to employees and their managers what sexual harassment is and how to say about it. It also includes information about making jokes or sending emails about sex or gender.

Rochelle Squires, the minister responsible for the status of women, explained that besides the information campaign, the government also made several changes in workplace policy and added clearer definitions of inappropriate behaviour.

The Progressive Conservatives reported about the desire to create such a campaign and to make changes to the workplace policy after numerous complaints regarding the inappropriate behaviour of one of the civil servants towards women. Those women argued that their complaints about Stan Struthers, who had left politics in 2016, were never considered.

Backbencher Cliff Graydon also had to leave the Tory caucus for sexual harassment.

Squires said that all women should feel safe at work. Every employee has the right to have a workplace free from harassment. She also added that each allegation will be investigated and responded to individually.

In a report made in August 2018, it was said that many government officials experienced sexual harassment during work. However, most of them did not report about it. As a rule, harassment was detected in the form of jokes, but sometimes it was about inappropriate physical contact, such as touching, patting or pinching.

Rochelle Squires stated that all women should know how to identify sexual harassment and what to do in such situations. Now they can cease to be silent and to be humiliated.

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