The issue of harassment is very tricky and requires a good strategy to deal with it, acknowledged Dr. Marietta KACOU, Lecturer-researcher at ENSEA and Chairperson of the Anti-Harassment Committee at ENSEA, in her opening speech, during a training workshop for its members, this Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in the premises of the School.
After ratifying the charter against harassment in 2019, ENSEA Abidjan moves to the active phase of the fight against harassment in all its forms through the establishment of a dedicated committee.
For the launch of its activities, this committee organised a training workshop for its members to be better equipped to combat this phenomenon with the objective of zero tolerance. This workshop is a clear expression of the will of the first person in charge of the institution, Dr. Hugues KOUADIO, to create a framework conducive to the training of students but also to the work of the administrative and teaching staff.
What is harassment? How to deal with it? What are the legal and judicial sanctions in this matter? How to deal with possible cases? These are some of the questions that Mrs. KONE Salimata Traore, a lawyer and member of the Association of Women Lawyers of Côte d’Ivoire (AFJCI) answered so that the members of the ENSEA anti-harassment committee, the students as well as the teaching and administrative staff who participated in the training workshop could be better informed on the issue of harassment in the university and professional environment.
The Chairperson of the committee particularly thanked the main initiator of this project, namely the Director of ENSEA for his involvement and support in this activity. She also thanked the Association of Women Lawyers of Côte d’Ivoire for its support in the orientation and training.
For the Director, the unbridled search for excellence that ENSEA advocates must be reflected in all parts of the institution. He also revealed that the measures taken against harassment apply to ENSEA community as well as with partners. Dr. Hugues KOUADIO expressed his satisfaction with the interest in this training and urged the committee to make good use of this new knowledge for a more responsible ENSEA.
As for the AFJCI envoy, Mrs. KONE Salimata Traoré, she reviewed the notions related to the theme. She insisted especially on the knowledge of the legal and judicial procedure of harassment. The eminent jurist emphasised in particular the importance of listening to victims to encourage them to denounce harassment in all its forms, should it occur.
Finally, two working groups were set up to propose an action plan to the anti-harassment committee, an important tool for conducting awareness-raising and anti-harassment activities.