At a time when the issue is gripping all industries, Devex asked Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus what steps he plans to take to combat sexual harassment at his organization.
“There should be zero tolerance to harassment, meaning that if anyone has that problem, then we need to take measures quickly,” he said.
And he sees that happening through the open door policy he has initiated, and which he has instructed his leadership team and directors to follow. He sees it as an opportunity to address the problem early on.
But he underlined prevention as a key part of the solution, by way of changing mindset and empowering women within the organization.
“That's why I'm very strong about gender parity. It's by design that we have more women at the leadership,” he said. “The only problem is the mindset we have, the male chauvinism that still exists. We have capable women, but we don't want to see them. We don't want to see that they exist. That's a mindset problem. But in WHO we have proven that if we open our eyes, there are capable women. That's where it starts to fight harassment.”
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