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Sexual Harassment and Stalking Report

(L- R) Representative of the YBPW Club's Sexual Harassment and Stalking Task Force Shari Seymour, Minister for Health and Human Services Hon. Anthony S. Eden OBE, JP, Health and Human Services Chief Officer Diane Montoya, and Senior Policy Advisor for Gender Affairs Tammy Ebanks Bishop.

The Ministry of Health and Human Services has recently received Cayman's first comprehensive report on sexual harassment and stalking from the Young Business and Professional Women's (YPBW)'s Club.

The report, an initiative of the YBPW's Sexual Harassment and Stalking Taskforce, contains research findings, research analysis and legislative recommendations, along with a documentary video outlining the work of the taskforce.

Health and Human Services Chief Officer Diane Montoya commended "the dedicated efforts and professional approach" of the taskforce which took the lead in carrying out this baseline research.

"The Ministry has always encouraged the development of public and private partnerships to address social issues such as these," said Ms. Montoya. She added that the Ministry will continue to work closely with the YBPW Taskforce and as far as possible, incorporate its concerns into the priories government is developing for the subject area of gender affairs.

According to the report, 637 persons responded to the survey; 1 in every 2 respondents of the survey reported that they had experienced varying forms of stalking, and 2 in every 5 respondents of the survey said they experienced varying forms of sexual harassment. An executive summary of the survey results analysis report is available at www.protectcayman.ky/docs/Survey%20FINAL.pdf . Also, for more information on the YBPW's taskforce go to www.protectcayman.ky/content.php?ID=9.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver