30 Jul 2019

IFC lays out huge business cost from domestic violence

3:52 pm on 30 July 2019

The International Finance Corporation is aiming to help workers who are victims of gender-based violence in Fiji.

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The agency has just released a report detailing what can happen in the workplace to overcome domestic and sexual violence.

The report showed the heavy cost of such violence, not only to families but also for businesses.

The IFC's global leader on gender-based violence, Shabnam Hameed, said it showed, on average businesses lose 10 work days per employee each year as a result of domestic or sexual violence.

"Domestic and sexual violence affects people's ability to concentrate. So, it also affects their ability to come to work - either they are late for work or absent from work.

"Employees are also spending time supporting other colleagues with the issues. So, on average it is costing the employers in Fiji ten days of lost work time per employee per year."

Ms Hameed said the report laid out recommendations for what companies and workers can do to overcome the violence.

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