Legislation Committee of Cabinet to Receive Sexual Harassment Bill

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, holds a copy of a book highlighting the Ministry’s performance for the 2016/17 fiscal year, during her contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 30). At left is Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.

The Sexual Harassment Bill is to be sent to the Legislation Committee of Cabinet shortly.

This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 30).

She said the draft legislation has already been sent to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, where some amendments were made.

“The amended Bill, once approved by the Legislation Committee, will be brought back to Parliament this legislative year as we seek to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours and crude sexual behaviours that affect quality of life by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment,” Ms. Grange said.

She noted that, for a long time, the vulnerable have suffered the most harmful effects of sexual harassment, particularly at the workplace, adding that some women and men are sexually harassed, even while walking along the streets.

“This is not a simple matter. It is a serious crime, and we’re moving to deal with it,” Ms. Grange emphasised.

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