Minister of Gender, Entertainment, Culture and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is warning men and women to think twice about what they say and do to each other once Parliament passes the long awaited Sexual Harassment legislation.

The Bill is being reviewed by a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee.

A report on the Bill from that committee is to be debated in Parliament starting next week.

Minister Grange says it will take a cultural change to adapt to the legislation.

The Gender Minister says sensitisation exercises will be done on the legislation including among Parliamentarians and politicians.

She says since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Gender Affairs has been receiving twice as many cases of women seeking assistance, including help to escape abusive relationships.

Ms Grange says her Ministry is also pushing for changes in the Domestic Violence legislation, which will see people facing sanctions for psychologically and emotionally abusing their partners.

Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Gender, Entertainment, Culture and Sports.

She was making a contribution to the 2021/2022 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.