(CMR) The 1st of March marks the opening of the Public Consultation period for the draft Sexual Harassment Bill, 2023, Premier Panton announced at a celebratory luncheon hosted by the Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPWC) on Wednesday.
The draft Bill has now been approved by Cabinet for publication as a discussion draft for members of the public to submit feedback.
During his luncheon address, Premier Panton thanked members of the BPWC for their steadfast advocacy over the past 16 years for enacting the Legislation.
“The time is now, and the opportunity is now. Let us show the world that Cayman means business when we say we are committed to eliminating sexual harassment for the betterment of our community,” Premier Panton concluded.
The proposed Bill seeks to provide for the prevention of sexual harassment through a stand-alone piece of legislation. Stand-alone (unique) legislation means an entirely new law or number of laws created because existing legislation does not cover the full scope. This Bill, when it becomes an Act, will serve to aid victims and to ensure perpetrators are held accountable, as well as to generally address this societal problem.