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Gender gap and sexual abuses in workplaces PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:59

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BY ROD BALBON

Industries and workplaces around the world, including the Philippines, have not yet fully grasp the meaning and significance and of gender equality. Female workers don’t receive equal treatment from employers compared to male workers. Aside from being discriminated, they are harassed and abused by their sexually perverted bosses even in their workplaces. Others are being compensated lower than the pay rate employers pay their male workers despite performing works having the same level of responsibility, skill, expertise, and risk.

Reminds me of a known airline company when it implemented a policy by forcing its applicants for flight stewardess to sign a yellow dog contract and a commitment not to be pregnant while being employed, a practice declared by our Court as illegal.

Lately, some 190 British actresses signed a manifesto—an open letter that denounced sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuses in numerous workplaces around the world. As a sign of their worldwide protest, they donned black dresses to express their outrage against this widespread practice of employers and males and their solidarity with the victims and survivors of these abuses.

This is very understandable as these acts are still being continually practiced and committed by males and sexually perverted employers with impunity. In return, lowly rank-and-file workers/employees have difficulty in seeking redress and conviction, if ever, because of their lowly financial status in life.

Recall the great actor Bing Crosby who was accused by numerous women for sexual abuse and rape while in the workplace. Lately, movie film producer, Harvey Weinstein, was accused by numerous women, who came out one by one and came forward because of sexual harassment and other abuses. The reputations of these powerful, accomplished, and known personalities have gone tatters and might be living behind bars for a long time, if convicted.

This practice can be eliminated when employers will spend their time and take notice of the importance and significance of gender disparity; initiate measures and policies that will equally benefit their employees, regardless of their gender, and seriously respond when these abovementioned acts happen or are committed in the workplaces.

Women today have proven that they can be equal or even surpass their male counterparts in terms of skills and abilities. Their work attitudes and sense of responsibility are far better than the males. Their welfare, rights, and benefits must be protected and duly compensated.

We can only hope that the action initiated by the British actresses and the millions of  workers/employees—victims of sexual harassment and other abuses, who went to court to seek redress to restore their dignity, importance, and contribution to society will resonate around the world and trickle down to all the lowly female workers/employees into our country.

 
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