PCB NGO Delegation Statement on Loures Case_Mar 2018 final
Hello did you read the transcripts of the case released in foreign Policy magazine or speak with any of the women involved or with a wider group of staff to see if they are happy with the plan and outcome? Did you seek any expert advise on those who deal with institutional sexual harassment before coming to the conclusion on the adequacy of the five point plan. If so can you advise which experts you spoke with. Before my organization posts a statement I would like to know how the PCB NGO délégation did due diligence on our behalf. Currently your letter states you did your home work but it seems from the letter you only spoke with senior staff and Michel Sidibe. I do not believe that amounts to the PCB NGO doing its homework on our behalf. So further clarification and answers to the questions in this comment would be welcome.
Thank you for your correspondence and for reaching out to our Delegation. As members of the UNAIDS PCB, we are part of the governance structure of UNAIDS and it is within that frame of reference that the Delegation met with the Executive Director to seek clarification about the official process in relation to a specific legal sexual harassment charge and case proceedings. In our meeting with the Executive Director, we emphasized that all forms of sexual harassment, gender-based violence, and unethical behavior were unacceptable. And as members of the PCB, we would remain vigilant on the issue.
About the five-point action plan and policy, we sought to gain an understanding of its development, goals and objectives. We agreed that it will require further development and improvement. For example, we saw a need for a formal, independent and transparent mechanism to be established in order to really be effective, especially when high-level authorities within UNAIDS are involved.
As NGO Delegates, we first and foremost represent our communities and civil society on the PCB to hold and keep UNAIDS accountable for ALL of its actions. From your correspondence with us and from our continued conversations with our stakeholders, we do understand that there is a need for more discussion and review, and we are now working on a formal structure that will support more conversations with different civil society stakeholders.
Finally, let us assure you that we are fully committed to support all efforts to eliminate any kind of gender-based violence from UNAIDS. We believe and agree, UNAIDS must implement an effective zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination. And we will continue fighting to this end and for improving our collective work.
The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB