WHO has a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) and is committed to capacitating our workforce, partners and collaborators to prevent, protect from and respond effectively and quickly to any allegation of SEAH. Joining force across agencies to fight SEAH can power our efforts and positively impact communities, victims and survivors directly.
Keep an eye out for announcements via email and via Workplace as in 2022, WHO, together with partners and experts across the world, will run 6 webinars as part of the #NoExcuse internal campaign to #StopSEAH. The webinars information will be advertised through internal and external WHO's channels.
You will find a bonus webinar held in 2021 in order to familiarize yourself with some of the challenges and opportunities to tackle sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021- 13.00-14.30 CET
Protecting communities from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA): are we doing enough?
Ms. Domenica Costantini - Mr. Clifford Isabelle - Ms. Mariska De Keersmaecker - Dr. Ibrahima Socé - Ms. Wendy Cue.
Moderated by Dr. Gaya Gamhewage.
This first webinar in the series focused on the progress and challenges that humanitarian and emergency response agencies face in combatting SEAH. It looked at what exists, the achievements to date and the barriers that still persist.
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 - 13.00-14.30 CET
Putting survivors and victims at the heart of our work on addressing SEAH
Ms Asmaa Aljuned - Ms Alyssa Boularès - Ms Ingrid Gercama - Ms Ellie Kemp - Ms Mendy Marsh.
Moderated by Dr Gaya Gamhewage.
In this webinar, you will hear from experts who have completed WHO-commissioned research into how the Organization can shift to this new approach, which will form the evidence base for the shift we are making to our policy and practice. And we will also hear from staff representatives on applying this approach in our workplaces.
This is the first of six webinars in 2022 on PRSEAH and a component of WHO's #NoExcuse campaign.
Thursday, 12 May 2022 - 13.00-14.30 CET
Positive masculinity to ignite cultural change for the prevention and response to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment
Dr Niru Kumar - Mr Oswaldo Montoya - Mr Raul Thomas and moderated by Dr Gaya Gamhewage.
*To address culture change to effectively address SEAH, we have to look not just at compliance to rules, but at the silent forces that drive SEAH. Primary amongst these drivers is the difference in the power relationship between men and women (and minority genders). This is as true in remote communities where we work as in our own workplaces. In this webinar, we will look at the issue of “toxic masculinity” – the negative aspects of exaggerated traits considered (stereotypically) masculine. In its place, we are promoting the concept of “positive masculinity” as part of the culture change that we seek across WHO’s workforce and in all our workplaces. Join us to start this important conversation!*
Wednesday, 22 June 2022: - 13.00-14.30 CET
Ensuring our implementing partners prevent and respond to SEAH
Ms Ghida Anani - Ms Clare Creo - Mr Ghulam Ghous - Mr Bujar Hoxha - Ms Nicole Kim and moderated by Dr Gaya Gamhewage.
As WHO sets new standards to safeguard our programmes from sexual exploitation, abuseand harassment, we must ensure that all our implementing partners do the same. If youwork with implementing partners, experts, collaborating centres, volunteers, or networks todeliver your programmes and initiatives, this webinar is a must for you to attend. In our#NoExcuse webinar this June, we will introduce the United Nations protocol on Allegationsof sexual exploitation and abuse involving Implementing Partners. In addition, experts fromUN agencies and humanitarian agencies will share how they are assessing andcapacitating implementing partners to meet safeguarding standards to prevent and respondto sexual misconduct.
Thursday, 22 September - 13.00-14.30 CET
Implementing services for victims and survivors of SEA
Dr Eugene Kongnyuy - Ms Helen Versland - Ms Saba Zariv and moderated by Dr Gaya Gamhewage.
WHO is taking a victim and survivor-centred approach to our work on preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. This webinar focuses on the common UN principles to support victims and survivors, the services available in countries, and the services available for WHO personnel who have experienced any form of sexual misconduct.
Thursday, 20 October - 13.00-14.30 CET
Assessing SEA Risk on our programmes and operations
Dr Raul Thomas - Ms Fatou Fall - Dr Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo, moderated by Dr Gaya Gamh ewage.
Assessing the risk of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) is central to achieving zero tolerance for any form of sexual misconduct by our personnel and implementing partners. Identifying the concrete risks that could lead to SEAH and taking action to mitigate them will enable us to be effective in safeguarding all our programmes and operations.
Tuesday, 22 November - 13.00-14.30 CET
Safeguarding our programmes and operations
Mr Aidan O'Leary - Dr Margaret Lamunu - Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, moderated by Dr Gaya Gamhewage.
WHO has committed to safeguard our community-facing programmes from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH). In our last webinar of the year, we will discuss how this ambition is transformed in our country operations. We will explore actions we can take across the SEAH “safeguarding cycle”, how to prevent and respond in high-risk situations such as health emergency response operations and the polio programme. We will also hear how WHO Country Teams address this issue and explore how to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct by our implementing partners.