The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: CSA Ends Workshop On Sexual Harassment

The Civil Service Agency (CSA) has conducted a one day training workshop for the Internal Investigative Committee on Sexual Harassment in the workplace. Speaking at the workshop held in Corina Hotel Conference room the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) Mr. C William Allen said that as society develops, new concepts, new strategies and approaches to human capital development go forward.

Mr. Allen also said that during the 19th century, the idea of women suffrage was frequently discussed in most countries where women were not allowed to vote or vie in any election; finally the adaption of the Universal Declaration of human rights on December 10, 1948 brought into existence long withheld suffrage for women.

He pointed out that the standing order for the Civil Service which was approved in 1983 does not carry the concept we discuss today because it was not envisaged as critical as it is now in this millennium; in chapter four of the standing orders for the Civil Service deals with discipline and the appropriate punitive actions that accompany specific misdeeds but does not include sexual harassment.

He also stated that in July 2008, CSA produced a strategy document for reform which addresses the key areas of Restructuring and Right-Sizing pay and Pension Reform, Enhancing Service Delivery, Human Resource Management, Leadership Development and Gender Equity.

He stated further that this document of the Civil Service Reform Strategy does not only suggest institutionalizing measures throughout the Civil Service that increased the involvement of women at all levels from decision making to implementation.

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