AWARENESS This Friday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
(Illustration) A situation of sexual harassment at work. — Canva/Getty Images
Creating “culture change” this Friday by the Ministry of Public Service, which aims to sensitize public employers to gender-based and sexual violence and to; better collect reports from victims.
The room for improvement is immense: since 2018, at Barely a hundred sanctions (from a simple warning to dismissal) are pronounced each year at against state civil servants for sexist and sexual violence.
Women represent nearly six out of ten agents in the state civil service, which employs around 2.5 million people. “There is a real appropriation of the (reporting) systems in the country. carry out,” it is acknowledged within the administration, which promises “zero tolerance” for gender-based and sexual violence.
Since a law of 2019, public employers are obliged to provide a reporting system for moral harassment, discrimination and sexist and sexual violence. But until now, “the communication on the reporting devices was perhaps not sufficiently exploited and therefore there was a lack of knowledge,” argues the ministry . The low number of reports and sanctions also shows “the difficulty testify to these facts in a professional context.
From where? the idea behind this published guide to On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women against women and sent employers of the three sides of the public service (State, territorial, hospital).
This manual is structured; in two parts: the first seeks to define precisely what constitutes gender-based and sexual violence, the second to; prevent them and penalize them, in addition to supporting the presumed victims and those implicated. “There is a culture shift in the country. support, çis one of our priorities for 2023”, says the Ministry of the Public Service. An assessment of the national network of sexist and sexual violence referents, and of its territorial coverage, must in particular be drawn up.