Women in Pakistan are now taking over twitter to expose sexual harassers
Girls are now getting together to fight against the sexual harassment they face in tech companies. It is a wake up call for all the feminist hating people. Assistant editor dawn Razeshta Sethna now becomes a voice for women harassed in tech firms. 20 year old software designer from Islamabad gets harassed by her manager and then company which made her suicidal.
1. #Sexualharassment stories from Pakistan: A 20-yr-old software designer in Islamabad who has worked for a US company. "I worked for a tech firm in Islamabad and resigned wanting to pursue other options.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
“It had nothing to do with me”
2.Shortly after I left, women working at the same IT firm were fired because of a policy change that meant no women would be hired.Most of the women who lost their jobs thought I was responsible when this policy change had nothing to do with me.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
Cornering people will only make them the best victim:
3. Later on, while at another firm where one of these women was also working, most were told I was responsible for her previous experience. So the women at my new workplace started to ignore me. It became a hostile environment where I ate alone, worked alone— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
4. This essentially gave my manager enough time and space to makes his moves. When I went to the director to complain about his verbally abusive behaviour (the manager’s probation was extended to 10 months when the duration is generally 3 months), no real action was taken..— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
Safe workplace is the utmost priority!
5. This man had been fired previously due to similar harassment charges but was later rehired by the same firm. There is no committee for reporting sexual harassment at this firm. He would call me in the night when I blocked his number he used that against me professionally.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
If it makes you uncomfortable it is harassment:
7.When we moved buildings, my manager would sit next to me – he felt this gave him the right to touch my watch or rings, just to make physical contact.When I explained my case to the head of HR she told me it was harassment.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
Ofcourse blaming the victim is convenient:
9.They started accusing me of bad behaviour, claiming that the manager wasn’t at fault. The firm’s director told me to patch up with the manager. Instead, I told my harasser off. Four mnths on, when nothing changed, I resigned.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
Silencing victims won’t change the fact that workplaces in Pakistan are not safe for them:
10.Eventually, they coerced me into signing a non-disclosure document. This meant I cannot talk about the company and the terms/reasons why I left. Later I heard that they had finally terminated my manager.— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
And if this wasn’t horrible enough she was then being prank called by people from her company and the former manager:
11.Even now, the company and the former manager I worked with keep calling me – prank calls where they pretend to pose as potential employers. Sometimes I just feel suicidal about this entire episode. For more stories: https://t.co/ULr6HbHz1J @unwomen_pak— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) April 12, 2018
There hundreds of women being harassed every single day in Pakistan and no one ever takes a notice of it even we shy away from such discussions. Women are not only harassed by touch but even inappropriate looks and gestures. Stand up for women as the time for harassers is up.
How can women progress when they aren’t even safe?
Only 17% of Pakistani women reported workplace harassment to managers, according to our Dawn poll. Most said they wouldn't be believed; others didn't report harassment because of powerful perpetrators. My stories on women calling out sexual harassment https://t.co/h2SKBs5I1W— Razeshta Sethna (@Razeshta) March 21, 2018
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