Immediate tabling of the sexual harassment bill in parliament

By:

Roohaida Othman

Affiliations:

IKRAM

Policy Code:

2c Women

Problem Statement:

The recent high publicity cases of sexual harassment at school and in the national swimming team are among the few that had been made known to us because these victims dared to speak up. In the process, the repercussions from a number of netizens in the form of victim blaming have been relentless. These recently reported cases could have been better resolved if only the sexual harassment bill which had been enacted since 2020 had been tabled in parliament.

Value(s) and Belief(s):

Need to educate the society regarding the danger of naturalisation of rape and sex jokes. There is also a need to set up an ecosystem that is safe and free from any discomfort related to sexual harassment in the public, work place and learning institutions.

Proposal of Solution:

1. The sexual harassment bill needs to be tabled immediately in parliament.
2. All public and private institutions set up special committee to create the safe environment against sexual harassment and handle reported cases in their institutions.
3. A public awareness campaign must be conducted at all levels.

Additional Information:

Translation

Isu dan Polisi Semasa:

Baru-baru ini terdapat liputan besar mengenai kes-kes gangguan seksual di sekolah dan pasukan perenang kebangsaan, adalah antara beberapa situasi yang dihebahkan kepada kita berikutan para pemandiri (mangsa) berani bersuara. Dalam keadaan sedemikian, kecaman menyalahkan mangsa terus berlaku tanpa henti daripada sebilangan orang ramai. Kes-kes baru yang dilaporkan semestinya dapat diselesaikan dengan lebih baik sekiranya Rang Undang-Undang Gangguan Seksual yang telah didrafkan sejak tahun 2020 dibentangkan di parlimen.

Nilai-nilai dan Kepercayaan:

Masyarakat perlu diberikan pendidikan mengenai bahaya peneutralan segala bentuk gangguan seksual seperti rogol dan jenaka berbaur lucah. Terdapat juga keperluan untuk menubuhkan ekosistem yang selamat dan bebas daripada sebarang ketidakselesaan yang berkaitan dengan gangguan seksual di tempat awam, tempat kerja serta institusi pendidikan.

Penyelesaian:

1. Rang Undang-Undang Gangguan Seksual perlu segera dibentangkan di parlimen.
2. Semua institusi awam dan swasta menubuhkan jawatankuasa khas bagi mewujudkan persekitaran yang selamat daripada gangguan seksual dan menguruskan kes-kes yang dilaporkan di institusi mereka.
3. Kempen kesedaran awam mesti dijalankan di setiap peringkat.

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