A Workshop on combating sexual harassment at work

A workshop at the Union’s offices in Ad-Dulail QIZ was organized and attended by almost one hundred female workers to discuss matters related to sexual harassment at worksite. Representatives of ILO and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries (the Union) attended the workshop.

At the workshop, sexual harassment phenomenon was thoroughly discussed to ensure its elimination and report of perpetrators. Organization of the workshop was a proof of the Union’s belief in gender equality at worksite and to combat any manifestations of harassment being verbal, suggestive, or physical.

The participants discussed the concept of harassment which is “conduct of any unwelcomed sexually suggestive that may lead to hostile work environment or when the other party receiving such suggestive signs may consider unethical and reject that. This may affect negatively the current or potential work conditions.”

The participants pointed out that paragraph (a/6) of article 29 of the valid Jordanian Labor Law number 8 for 1996 as amended states that “the employee may leave the work without notice, maintaining all legal rights for end of service as well as compensations for harm and damage if the employer or representative attacks the employee during work whether by hitting, insulting or any other type of sexual attack punishable according to the provisions of valid legislations.”

Whereas paragraph (b) of the same article states that “if the Minister finds out that an attack by the employer or his representative has occurred or practiced any kind of sexual harassment on employees, he may close out the establishment for a period deem appropriate, taking into consideration provisions of any other valid legislations”.