Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Malaysia

WAO Launches We Pledge Campaign To Address Elimination Of Violence Against Women In The Workplace

Topics covered under We Pledge include gender-based violence response and prevention, diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) awareness through addressing unconscious gender biases, and specialised training for human resource professionals, leadership, and management teams in line with the theme of Women’s International Day this year, Count Her In: Invest in Women.

Photo courtesy of WAO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 – Corporate companies are urged to be more proactive in addressing issues of sexual harassment in the workplace, as it hurts job performance and the company’s image. 

Therefore, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), the nation’s leading women’s rights organisation, has taken the initiative to create the We Pledge programme, providing knowledge and awareness to employees and employers in understanding and handling issues of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Malaysia ranks 13 out of 19 countries in the East Asia and Pacific region in the Global Gender Gap Index 2023, and 102 out of 146 countries globally, according to the World Economic Forum. 

In recognising the pivotal role businesses and corporations play in effecting transformative change, the We Pledge campaign enables them to make an impact on women’s and children’s lives by addressing key areas such as economic empowerment, access to health care, child care, education, and subsequently enhancing the representation of women in political spheres.

There is a critical link between violence and its contribution to poverty, according to WAO.  Violent conflicts not only cause immediate harm but also lead to long-term economic repercussions including damage to infrastructure, institutions, destruction of assets, forced displacement, increased unemployment, and inflation.

Topics covered under We Pledge include gender-based violence response and prevention, diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) awareness through addressing unconscious gender biases, and specialised training for human resource professionals, leadership, and management teams in line with the theme of Women’s International Day this year, Count Her In: Invest in Women.

WAO invites businesses of all sizes to take the pledge. By doing so, businesses not only align with their ESG goals but also actively contribute to building a more equitable society. 

Email WAO at [email protected] to learn more about the We Pledge programme.

You May Also Like

Malaysia

The number of children under the age of 18 diagnosed with ADHD increased from 79 cases in 2013 to 268 cases in 2023. Meanwhile,...

Opinion

We must ensure children can give the best possible evidence without undue stress or fear, says Robert Gass, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia.

Opinion

Without proactive engagement from colleges and universities to educate students about sexual health and safe sex, the number of HIV infections among them will...

Malaysia

The anti-sexual harassment tribunal, which was fully enforced in March this year, has received four sexual harassment complaints as of June 8 this year....