Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) on Friday conducted the first-ever Men’s conference as a way of incorporating male employees in gender issues at Chichiri Power Station in Blantyre.
This follows the launch of the Social and Gender Inclusion and Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy in 2017.
Speaking during the opening of the conference, stand-in chairperson of the organising committee, Robert Mgunda said the meeting was aimed at ensuring increased participation of men in gender issues to ensure zero-tolerance of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and create a conducive environment for employees and customers.
“Escom was held this conference in tandem with the recent 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence under the localized theme: End Violence Against Women and Girls: Act Now!
“The conference gave male employees their own platform to engage in a candid discussion of how they can effectively play a part in the implementation and promoting of issues of gender and social inclusion at the workplace,” he said.
One of the facilitators at the conference, Jimmy Lipunga, urged the employees to first understand the roles that the two genders have at work and at home.
“They way you view a woman at workplace and at home should be different. In so doing, we will be able to respect each other at workplace,” he said.
ESCOM’s Sexual Policy was the first to be formulated in the energy sector.