This international union solidarity project has helped raise awareness on sexual harassment for hundreds of health workers in Liberia. In collaboration with National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL) & Civil Servants Union of Liberia (CSUL), the PSI project "Strengthening the Capacities of Public Services Unions in Liberia to Fight Sexual Harassment at Work" started in 2019, with the support of PSI Swedish affiliate Kommunal.
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“Liberian women have not known that sexual harassment is a serious issue to talk about, even though they have been greatly affected,” says Martha C. Morris, from the National Health Workers Union of Liberia, in an interview with PSI.
Before this project was put into place, Martha explains how women were too afraid to talk about sexual harassment as it was considered a taboo. This PSI projects has given lots of women the courage to stand up and speak out about these issues.
In the first phase of the project, over 500 health workers in 5 different counties in Liberia were reached out to and women committees were established in various workplaces so that any cases of sexual harassment on the workflow could easily be reported.
The women of both unions have started up awareness raising on sexual harassment on the work floor and inside the trade union. Testimonies were collected from women who endured sexual harassment in the health sector and the civil service. Based on the mapped incidents, a strategy and proposals are being elaborated to get sexual harassment a topic in the social dialogue and to get prevention and reporting mechanisms launched on the work floor.
Liberian women have not known that sexual harassment is a serious issue to talk about, even though they have been greatly affected,” says Martha C. Morris, from the National Health Workers Union of Liberia, in an interview with PSI.