Sexual harassment threatens women working in construction

Sexual harassment remains a threat in private sector and this is mostly observed in construction works where women and girls are asked by employers to pay such kind so as to be hired.

This issue is raised among others facing the general population working in the construction sector

Emeritha from Kicukiro district whose second name was withheld by The Inspirer due to her own reasons was the victim of sex corruption. She says that this is like a necessity for employers to hire women and if they refuse to sleep with them they either denied the job or fired in incase they have been employed already

“Such problems exist, especially for us women, when we go seeking jobs at construction sites, employers request for sex before they hire us, when you deny, they don’t hire you or if you have been hired already they fire you,” she said

Emeritha added that she has stopped working since she can’t put her health in the line so as to be employed well knowing the dangers associated with  such kind of acts.

Emeritha refused to give in to sexual harassment and left work to preserve her pride. (Elias Hakizimana).

According to Evaliste Habyarimana, Secretary General of the trade union of construction workers (STECOMA), there is a need to train women and establish women councils in trade unions who will help them to know their rights.

“We plan to educate women by establishing women councils in high level trade unions, this will enable women to know their rights and give testimony about sex corruption when it happens that they are requested for that,” said Habyarimana.

Evaliste Habyarimana, Secretary General of the trade union of construction workers (STECOMA)./File

In the interview with Eric Manzi on Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Secretary-General of Rwanda’s biggest trade union, CESTRAR said “You know that such issues are not officially reported by the victims, they are still keeping quite because of stigma attached, the ones we received this year said they were seeking for advice and denied to be registered in our books, the first solution is to educate the community to be able to report the cases once they happen,”

He also said that for trade union, such cases require further investigation to know if the victim has truth on the case before any other intervention goes on.

“We need to continue mobilize people to understand that there are laws protecting them as they report freely the cases as they are,” Manzi noted.

By Elias Hakizimana @philos4hakizi





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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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