Friday, 16 December 2011

Journalist On Sex War in Ghana

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Immorality seems to have eaten so deeply into our society today with sexual harassment both in business organisations and corporate institutions being at an all-time high. Employees use the harsh economic situation and unemployment to lure deperate female job seekers into having affair with them.
A report from the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana, sometime ago revealed that 74 percent of female employees and 42 percent of male employees in Ghana experience sexual harassment in one way or the other within their working environment: And BUSINESS GUIDE’s recent survey in some corporate institutions also revealed that sexual
pestering is still very high in corporate Ghana with the problem being a feature of large multinational, medium and small firms. It cuts across the banking, telecommunication, media and advertising and the aviation industry which tends to be very attractive and enticing to work.
But it seems the game will soon be over with the recent campaign against employees who engage in such act. A recent report from peacefm states that;

The host of the popular morning show on Oman 107.1 FM, Fiifi Boafo, has launched a campaign against male employees who get into the panties of female job applicants before providing them with employment. The campaign is also targeted at exposing male superiors who bully their female subordinates into having sex with them.

“We need to talk about this. We need to name and shame them. Sex abuse in our offices cannot continue to go on for the whole society to watch silently. Those of us who can speak against it but decide to watch unconcerned are as guilty as the immoral perpetrators of the sex crimes,” Fiifi Boafo told News-One.

The broadcast journalist explained that the issue of male superiors sexually abusing their female subordinates had become so common and rampant that society was almost getting used to it.

“But it is not a normal thing and we cannot consider it to be normal. Consensual sex between working colleagues is normal and that is not what my campaign is targeting. My concern is the several thousands of fully qualified ladies who are compelled to sell their dignity, strip naked and open their legs before they are given the jobs they fully qualify to do,” Mr. Boafo explained.

He disclosed that the campaign would not only name and shame perpetrators but also encourage male employees to speak against it because” so far it has only been the women who fight this but as a society we must all speak out with one voice against this madness”.

Fiifi Boafo’s campaign is taking off at a time when media reports suggest that more male employers and superiors are taking advantage of females who work under them.

The Finder newspaper reported on Thursday that 28 young women, four of them married, had confessed that they gained employment only after yielding to the sexual advances of their male employers.

The paper added that these women, forming a third of the group interviewed on the growing perception of sex-for-jobs in the country, were of the opinion that the practice was on the ascendency as more young women seeking jobs succumbed to the pressure of male employers and were left with no option but to accept their sexual advances in order to be employed.

It said out of 15 media houses sampled, 12 cases of sexual intercourse between male superiors and their female subordinates were recorded, thus topping the list of offenders.

At a television station in Accra, a lady (name withheld) said the experience was demeaning, adding that she now dealt with the embarrassment on a daily basis.

The report added that of 24 cases sampled within the private sector, involving manufacturing companies, service-based companies and small scale business, 13 cases of sex-for-job were recorded.

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