Saying No to Sexual Misconduct: RET’s Commitment to Preventing Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment
RET places significant emphasis on Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEASH). Following the introduction of the RET PSEASH Policy and Procedures earlier this year, mandatory institutional training sessions have been conducted to enhance the capacity of RET staff in PSEASH. The entire training initiative has been highly successful, with 410 RET staff and partners receiving PSEASH training between April and September 2023.
The training program consists of two sessions: the IASC’s “Saying No to Sexual Misconduct” training and RET’s Safeguarding Package Training, which includes RET’s PSEASH Policy and Procedures. The first training cycle was conducted in April 2023 for the Senior Management Team, followed by a second training cycle in May and June, primarily targeting Country Directors and Country PSEASH Focal Points.
The training was delivered in English, French, and Spanish across 10 sessions, with 5 sessions for each specific training component. Each participant was required to attend two sessions to complete their training. During these initial two training cycles, a total of 74 RET staff were directly trained by the Senior PSEASH Focal Point.
After successfully training Country PSEASH Focal Points and Country Directors, the next phase involves providing training at the country level to ensure that all staff and partners are well-informed. This is done in close coordination with the Senior HQ PSEASH Focal Point.
To date, training has already been conducted in Belize (5 staff), Burundi (16 staff), Costa Rica (12 staff), the Democratic Republic of Congo (15 staff + 22 partners), Mali (1 staff + 20 partners), Niger (17 staff and 114 partners), and Venezuela (91 staff). Additionally, a preliminary session took place in Panama (43 staff).
At the country level, 336 individuals received training, including 200 RET staff and 136 staff from partner organizations within these countries. In October, training will be delivered in Ecuador, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and Türkiye, with Lebanon’s training to follow shortly.
In total, 410 individuals (comprising RET staff and partner organizations) have received training as of now.
To our dedicated staff, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your active participation in this essential training program aimed at preventing, detecting, and responding promptly to sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as sexual harassment.
We also extend our sincere appreciation to all Country PSEASH Focal Points, Country Directors, and RET Management for their contributions in delivering training to staff and partners, thereby strengthening RET’s capacity in this vital area.