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IoF to set up taskforce to tackle sexual harassment in fundraising

first_img  384 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 IoF to set up taskforce to tackle sexual harassment in fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Announcing the taskforce, Amanda Bringans, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “There is no place for sexual or any other form of harassment within our fundraising community. We have been listening to the recent anonymous testimonials of sexual harassment in the fundraising sector collected by Ruby Bayley-Pratt.“We want to actively encourage people to come forward and report complaints if they have experienced sexual harassment by a member of the Institute or at an Institute event, no matter when that incident happened. Those incidents will be investigated fully, even if the person complained of resigns their membership of the Institute.“We expect our member organisations to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, to create an environment for fundraisers to share their experiences and to protect those who are affected. Harassment will not be tolerated, no matter whether this comes from an employee, board member, a beneficiary or a charity’s most important donor.“We are setting up a Taskforce on Sexual Harassment in Fundraising led by two of our trustees, Claire Rowney and Isobel Michael. They will be joined by an HR and legal expert. This review will be used to inform a sector-wide approach to tackling sexual harassment in the fundraising community.“The Taskforce will also look at how we can strengthen the IoF’s Code of Conduct and existing complaints policy, to ensure they are fit for purpose and provide an open and safe space for people to report complaints.“I am grateful to Ruby Bayley-Pratt for agreeing to join the taskforce.“Fundraising is a profession for everyone. We do brilliant things that raise vital funds for good causes. All this should be done in a safe and respectful environment. We will work to clamp down on unacceptable behaviour and ensure our fundraising community is a safe space for everyone.”People can find out how report sexual harassment by a member of the Institute or at an Institute event, no matter when that incident happened, through its complaints policy. It is also encouraging people to familiarise themselves with its guidance on safeguarding and whistleblowing and with their rights as fundraisers.  383 total views,  2 views today The Institute of Fundraising has today (28 March) announced that it is setting up a taskforce on sexual harassment in fundraising, following a discussion held yesterday by its Board of Trustees on the issue and the role it can play in dealing with it.A recent article by Ruby Bayley-Pratt, Fundraising Policy and Research Manager at the British Red Cross in Fundraising magazine highlighted the prevalence of the issue in the sector, with many fundraisers responding with their own experiences of sexual harassment.  Melanie May | 28 March 2019 | News Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising safeguarding She has also spoken in a podcast with Mandy Johnson on the subject: About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Maoist unionists told to stop using violence against Kantipur press group

first_img Organisation May 17, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information October 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Maoist unionists told to stop using violence against Kantipur press group RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News Follow the news on Nepal Reporters Without Borders is outraged by violent physical attacks on the Kantipur press group by unions affiliated to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which have obstructed distribution, threatened journalists and carried out serious acts of sabotage. The group publishes the Kantipur and Kathmandu Post daily newspapers.”We are in complete solidarity with the Kantipur press group, which is once against being harassed by a union linked to the Maoists,” the press freedom organisation said. “Wage disputes must be resolved through dialogue, not by such illegal means as sabotage, threats and blockades. It is clear the dispute is not just about wage demands. The Maoist unions are displaying a high level of intolerance and their actions are a complete violation of the undertakings the Maoist leaders gave to support press freedom.”Members of the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Communication, Printing and Publications Workers’ Union (ANCPPWU) sabotaged electrical installations at the Kantipur group’s printing press on the evening of 30 September. A member of the Kantipur staff told Reporters Without Borders that unionists also tried to set fire to one of the group’s buildings in the capital. Distribution of the 1 October issues was severely disrupted and a return to normal could take several days.After unionists vandalised the car of the group’s managing director, Kailash Sirohiya, on 30 September, the management fired nine unionised employees who allegedly took part in some of the Maoist union’s activities. The next day, a Maoist member of the interim parliament, Shalik Ram Jamkatel, who also heads a Maoist union, threatened to kidnap a Kantipur executive, accused the group of violating workers’ rights and re-issued a call for an advertising boycott of its two dailies.In the same speech, Jamkatel also threatened to attack the group’s TV station, Kantipur Television Network. “The Nepalese will not die from a lack of news from Kantipur,” he told the unionists blocking the entrance to the group’s main building. “We don’t need their news. Or their journalists either. We are ready to muster 100,000 workers in an hour to attack Kantipur.”These acts of sabotage have taken place despite a ruling issued by a court in the city of Patan on 28 September ordering the Maoist union to stop harassing the press group. Kantipur has also received the support of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, while the Editor’s Alliance circulated a statement condemning “the Maoist attacks on Kantipur Publications.”Maoist activists prevented distribution of regional editions of the dailies on 1 October in the central city of Bharatpur and the eastern city of Biratnagar, burning hundreds of copies as they left local printing centres. Maoists also torched more than 2,000 copies of the newspapers in the central city of Pokhara.The Maoist unions previously disrupted distribution of the Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post in August. The Maoists launched their latest offensive against Kantipur shortly before an agreement was due to be signed between the management and the unions on 9 September. Newscenter_img News NepalAsia – Pacific Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story June 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more