The One Thing No One Wants To Talk About At Work

We like to bury our heads in the sand.

By  | Mar 02, 2023, 08:50 PM

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In recent times, particularly in the wake of the MeToo movement, victims of sexual abuse feel empowered to speak about their experiences. As much as the movement began in the United States, it's gathered traction here and sparked conversations around the issue.

Sexual abuse happens everywhere but for this piece, our focus is on the workplace. No industry is immune to this vice with others perhaps receiving more prominence than others.

That said, a report done by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Women in News and City, University of London came up repeatedly and therefore, we’ve used it in our story - which we will attach below - to highlight the prevalence of the problem.  

The levels of sexual harassment are shockingly high in a day and age where awareness, campaigns and conversations around it are mainstream. We have trends every other day about it, we hear people being suspended or losing their jobs yet, there is still a silent majority who cannot afford to speak up. 

For example, the women in the BBC Africa Eye documentary sadly had no alternative and were forced to choose between making money or accepting their supervisors' sexual advances. It is the one situation that we have to figure out how to not just limit but eliminate.

We love challenges and so for our weekly LinkedIn article published via YAZA Africa, we looked into the BBC Africa Eye's investigation ‘Sex for Work: The True Cost Of Our Tea’ and fleshed out why sexual harassment is rampant and detailed a few solutions.