1575 Gender based violence (gbv) and occupational safety and health culture


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Abstract

IntroductionGlobal evidence increasingly acknowledges the costs to GBV survivors and employers alike and the need for strategies to improve employees’ safety at work and to reduce economic losses associated with employee’s GBV perpetration or victimisation (Heise, et al., 2008). With the increasing strides by developing countries such as Uganda to achieve its mid-income status, there is increased efforts to boost the infrastructure sector though less focus has been put on balancing social risks and safety and health culture.Study design; This was an explorative study that used qualitative data collection and analysis methods.ResultsAmidst the high poverty indices and limited job security, workers in infrastructure endure all forms of violence ranging from verbal abuses, long working hours, sexual violence, working in hazardous environment and poor welfare services among other. The lack of grievance mediation modalities have exaggerated these violence thus contributing to increased fatal or non-fatal injuries, lost productivity time and damage to corporate image.DiscussionSadly many forms of GBV in the workplace are not reflected in official records of employers neither are they rendered due justice by the police or courts of law. This lack of reporting is due to the lack of trust to exercise impartiality or some female workers feeling constrained to remain silent about their victimisation because of fear of reprisals against them, including the possibility of losing their livelihood.This presentation seeks to explore Gender Based Violence and safety and health culture in the workplace and community.

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