Courageous Conversations: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
AFETT Continues the Conversation with Conventus Consultinc and Choice HR
"It’s time to declare WAR on sexual harassment in local workplaces," according to Neil Parsanlal, CEO of Petrotrin Employee Assistance Programme Services Limited. Mr. Parsanlal was giving his contribution at a sexual harassment breakfast seminar held by Choice HR Limited and Conventus Consultinc Ltd. on Tuesday April 11 at Queen’s Hall. The Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT) partnered with the two Human Resource companies for this event, which was designed to continue the conversation on sexual harassment. The Equal Opportunity Commission and the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT) were also partners of the seminar which was open to the public. The seminar brought together experts on the subject to discuss the effects it has on both men and women in the workplace.
Parsanlal explained that the letters in W.A.R. mean that workplaces should implement policies and procedures to prevent sexual harassment and that these procedures should be ‘Written’, ‘Accurate’ and ‘Readable’.
Other speakers at the event included Lynette Seebaran-Suite, Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission, and Cavelle Joseph, Head of Human Resources at NIPDEC. Mrs. Seebaran-Suite spoke on the local legislative framework for sexual harassment, while Ms. Joseph addressed real workplace experiences and the means to work with all those involved to solve the problem.
Caron Greaves, Managing Director of Choice HR Ltd., and Charlene Pedro, Managing Director of Conventus Consultinc Limited, conceptualised and hosted the seminar. It was designed as a follow-up to AFETT's Courageous Conversations, a panel discussion on sexual harassment held in February. The two Managing Directors planned the event with the goal of involving major stakeholders in heightening awareness of the work still to be done to protect both male and female employees. Ms. Greaves stated, "Let's break the code of silence on sexual harassment and push forward to address this costly societal and workplace challenge now.”