MISA Partners WLA against Sexual Harassment
The Media Institute of Southern Africa MISA) - Malawi Chapter has joined forces with the Women Lawyers Association (WLA Malawi) and Association of Women in Media (AWOME) in an effort to fight sexual harassment in the media industry.
MISA Malawi Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, says the three organizations will look at cases of sexual harassment in the sector to help victims seek justice.
“We would like to appeal to all journalists to work with the Chapter and report cases of sexual harassment to help stamp out the vice in the sector.
“The Chapter will ensure that survivors of sexual harassment have the confidentiality they deserve. Those that report such cases will be protected and their identities remain confidential unless they wish to open up about their unfortunate experiences,” she said.
Ndanga denounced sexual harassment as a vice that should be rooted out of the society.
“We would like to acknowledge the bravery demonstrated by some female journalists who have openly spoken out about their experiences. Some of them are already in the process of seeking justice.
“Society should help them heal from the trauma that they went through and not exacerbate their suffering. We urge Malawians to respect these individuals’ right to privacy as they go through the process of seeking justice and allow them to heal,” Ndanga said.
The MISA Malawi Chairperson called upon media houses to internally begin to have honest discussions on sexual harassment.
“It is also time to develop policies that protect women in the workplace and ensure that perpetrators are not being shielded and systems of redress are put in place for survivors of sexual violence,”Ndanga said.