In collaboration with the Gender Policy Implementation Committee (GPIC) of SUA, we conducted a two day Training of Trainers (ToT) on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace, with 30 students, staff and faculty of the university. The ToT was conducted with the support of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Dr. Fatihya Ally Massawe, 2018 recipient of Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship, who is a senior lecturer and researcher at SUA.
The training was facilitated by Ms. Nandita Pradhan Bhatt, Director of Martha Farrell Foundation. Using participatory training methodology, it focussed on:
● Building a collective and contextual understanding on the issue of sexual harassment at workplace
● Building skills for conducting awareness sessions on the issue, using participatory training methodology
● Time bound realistic planning for the meaningful implementation of the policies of GPIC.
Participants were able to work in groups and made presentations during various sessions. This helped them bring together their own knowledge on the issue and synthesize it to develop a mutual understanding and way forward, which will help make SUA a safe workplace for all students, staff and faculty. Feeling motivated after the training, Rejoyce Cosmas Otaru, the General Secretary of the Gender Club of SUA and a participant said, “The training helped us in identifying best practices for redressal so that we can ensure justice for the victims. At the same time, it also helped us in understanding how we need to work towards the prevention of the problem and sensitize every single person on the campus. I feel confident in taking forward this training with my fellow students in the university and facilitating safe spaces for having conversations on this sensitive issue.”
We thank ACU and Dr. Fatihya Ally Massawe for their support. Every year, Martha Farrell Foundation, in collaboration with ACU offers the Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship draws on the Foundation's expertise to offer two staff members from ACU member universities in East Africa and Asia training and support to enable them to institute an effective anti-sexual harassment initiative at their home university. The applications for the fourth Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship are currently open. To know more, please visit: http://marthafarrellfoundation.org/scholarship-acu.php#one