By Aluma Clement
Arua- The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) has condemned the persisted sexual harassment allegations against girls and female teachers in schools and communities in the country.
Zadock Tumuhimbise was speaking on Monday during the Women’s round table conference under the theme “Female teacher empowerment in changing world of work” in Arua.
“One of the core values of the teachers union is professionalism, as a union we condemn sexual harassment and we continue to engage our members trying to provide all possible guidance to the male our members and at the same time providing life skills including assertiveness to our female teachers,” Tumuhimbise said.
He said: “We open our gates to all those female teachers such that when they are harassed, they report to our offices. We have well build structures from every school to national level.”
Perry Aritua, the executive director of Women in Democracy Network urged the women to address the negative mental attitudes.
Perry Aritua speaking during the meeting. Photos by Aluma.
“Some of the young people think that in order to get a jobs, you have to do carpet interview, this is absolutely unprofessional, because each time you sleep with someone to get ahead, and they have taken away a lot of power from you. This mentality that someone is a project is not a acceptable and teachers must address this,” Aritua said.
She urged respective authorities to address issues of female teachers who raise sexual harassment concerns if they are to serve their purpose. Magdalen Adeke, a teacher from Bugiri district lamented of how interviewers asked for bribes from her daughter despite passing an interview to join a nurse training school.
A report by the gender committee of the union also reveals that cases of sexual harassment of the girl child and female teachers in schools are still prevalent and calls for stringent measures to address them.