GMD Holds Virtual Workshop to Commemorate Global Campaign Against Gender-based Violence

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) has held a two-day virtual workshop on addressing violence and sexual harassment in the workplace to commemorate the global 16 days campaign to end gender-based violence.  

The virtual workshop via Zoom conferencing, held under the local theme “Awareness to Accountability”, was streamed live on official social media platforms of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and also aired on its campus station, Radio Windy Bay 98.3 FM.  

The workshop delved into pertinent issues such as types and examples of sexual harassment, the difference between sexual harassment and flirtation, virtual sexual harassment, addressing sexual harassment – what does the law of Ghana say, and how to handle workplace sexual harassment. 

The workshop also had a special focus on the revised UEW Sexual Harassment Policy; the purpose of the policy, objectives of the policy, acts that constitute sexual harassment, who is a harasser or who may be harassed, application and scope of the policy as well as reporting procedures. 

The Dean, Faculty of Science Education, Prof. Ruby Hanson, who chaired the occasion and also delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, pointed out that UEW shares in its global vision of making gender issues a priority, especially in the area of addressing gender-based violence in the workplace.

Chair for the occasion, Prof. Ruby Hanson

“Some of the ways of showing our institutional commitments to this vision is very much reflected in the revision of our sexual harassment policy which was approved in March, 2020 by the Academic Board. Our University also aptly captures gender equity and social inclusiveness as a core value to govern the operations of the University. 

“We have also assigned the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate the responsibility of addressing gender issues in our University community. All these suggest that we are in a state of readiness and are very much committed to eliminating any possible forms of gender-based violence from our University to create a more gender-friendly and inclusive environment,” she noted.   

Senior Assistant Registrar, GMD, Ms. Eva Annan, in an interview, stated that the programme was organised in response to the global call to set aside 16 days to eliminate gender-based violence from society. 

“Globally, 25th November to 10th December of every year is set aside to end all forms of gender-based violence from society. These dates fall in line with our institutional efforts to create a safe campus environment for everyone; hence, informing the Directorate’s decision to organise this two-day event,” she said. 

There were conscientised presentations on the global theme “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” by Gender Expert, Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), Ms. Dinah Adiko; and Revised Edition of UEW Sexual Harassment Policy by the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Education, UEW, Dr. Lucy Effeh Attom.  

Resource persons for the program (from L-R); Ms. Dinah Adiko and  Dr. Lucy Effeh Attom