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Singapore: Women's advocacy group issues report finding extensive workplace sexual harassment

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1 January 2008

[PDF] Research Study on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Author: AWARE Sub-Committee on Workplace Sexual Harassment

First, our research shows that sexual harassment in the workplace is high... Second, it shows that almost 7 out of 10 employees surveyed were not aware of any sexual harassment policies in their workplace... Third, the report shows that recipients of sexual harassment are not only women, but men as well... [An] evaluation of the current legal position in Singapore dealing with redress for sexual harassment is provided, setting out legal recourse currently available for victims of sexual harassment; and highlighting areas of the law which should be subject to further study... [In addition, companies] in Singapore were approached to share their human resource or other policies and/or practices, if any, that addressed workplace sexual harassment... Broadly speaking, the overall response from enterprises to this exercise can be surmised as ‘disinterest’ or ‘reluctance’... The companies...that offered information on their policies/practices were:
• Singapore Airlines Limited
• IBM
• McKinsey & Company (Asia)
• The Body Shop [part of L'Oreal]
• Shell
• PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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Article
28 July 2008

Women’s Group Bringing Workplace Sexual Harassment in Singapore into Spotlight

Author: EthicsWorld

A group of female volunteers, working through AWARE, the leading women’s advocacy organization in Singapore, conducted a survey to better understand how serious the problem is and what measures are in place to prevent sexual harassment at work. Sadly, results from the survey show the occurrence of sexual harassment at work is very high and many employees are unaware of their company’s sexual harassment policies. AWARE argues that not only is sexual harassment integral to the human right to a safe work environment, but also is the company’s best interest in order to maintain and retain a productive, motivated workforce... According to the report, “There is no legal definition and no specific legislation on workplace sexual harassment” in Singapore. Victims can only seek redress if the offense is considered criminal.

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