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JWA to work alongside communal organisations to counter sexual harassment

JWA is expected to develop training and refresher courses for staff at communal organisations on awareness of harassment and ways to counter it

    Jewish Women’s Aid will work with communal organisations to establish measures to combat sexual harassment, it has been announced.

    The group has joined forces with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss the ways in which communal organisations can protect their members and employees.

    In a statement, the Board and JLC said they recognised JWA’s expertise, making it the “ideal organisation to lead the implementation of such measures.”

    The Board said: “Jewish Women’s Aid has its own established training programme which has provided numerous rabbis, rebbetzens and other professionals across the breadth of the community with the skills to identify domestic abuse in all its forms.

    “By exploring new ways of addressing sexual harassment alongside its existing work on domestic abuse, Jewish Women’s Aid will be able to provide sensitive and practical advice to assist those affected by this issue.”

    JWA, the JLC and the Board will develop training and refresher courses for staff at communal organisations on awareness of harassment and ways to counter it.

    A spokesperson for the Board said: “We intend that such measures would be introduced in close collaboration with CEOs and trustees of Jewish communal organisations.”

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