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Sexual harassment bill is not a destination- Hanna

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 10:34 AMJason Cross

Opposition spokesperson for Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has said the sexual harassment bill needs to be properly understood in order for it to be accepted by all and for it to achieve its full objectives in a Jamaican society, whose cultural norms are infused with sexuality and sexual innuendo.

Hanna was delivering a lecture at the Norman Manley Law School, last week Thursday, to an audience of future and current attorneys. The lecture was held under the theme, 'Sexual Harassment Bill - Dismantling a Practice Embedded in Jamaican Culture'.

"This bill is not a destination, it is actually the start of a necessary journey. The truth is that sexual harassment cases are not simple. The question is whether every insult, joke or picture should result in a lawsuit, and how do you prove it," she stated.

Hanna said the bill will seek to put pressure on companies, schools and other institutions to ensure stated policies are implemented to prohibit any form of sexual advances, sexual interference or sexual harassment that could cause students, employees or customers to feel any form of discomfort.

"It really provides a mechanism to men and women who might not be courageous enough to stand up to a bully and (will) give them support, and that's what is needed," Hanna said.

Though the law will protect each and every citizen, it will focus a lot on women rights.