ICC all set to crack down on sexual harassment

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to put in place stiff rules and regulations, called ‘Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines’, to deal with sexual harassment of different kinds. The ICC’s four-day quarterly meetings will begin in Singapore on Wednesday.

In a note addressed to the Women’s Committee, Chief Executives Committee, Development Committee and the ICC Board, the ICC Chief Operating Officer, Iain Higgins, and Senior Legal Counsel, Sally Clark, have cited nine incidents of sexual harassment in the last 18 months and said that “These types of incidents cannot be tolerated. Given that the next event on the ICC calendar is the ICC Women’s WT20 (in the West Indies from Nov. 9 to 24), which we consider to be an event at the higher end of the risk spectrum, it is recommended that the ICC policies are put in place, if at all possible, in advance of the start of this event.”

Aware of incidents

The two ICC officials have said that it has become aware of a number of incidents of alleged inappropriate behaviour and alleged incidents of sexual harassment, that have occurred within cricket around the world, and in particular, at international matches or ICC events.

ICC all set to crack down on sexual harassment

Higgins and Ms. Clark have urged the committees and the ICC Board “to consider the introduction of a Safeguarding Policy for the ICC (and related guidelines for Members) to protect children and vulnerable adults, as well as policies and contractual mechanisms that protect adult participants (adults who are not considered ‘at risk’) from sexual harassment and drive improved standards of ‘off-field’ behaviour.”

A discussion has been urged at the quarterly meeting and the types of behaviour Higgins and Ms. Clark have specifically pointed out are (a) Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or otherwise) of children or adults at risk, (b) Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or otherwise) of adults not at risk, (c) Harassment of children or adults at risk, (d) Harassment of adults not at risk, (e) Indecency (exposing themselves to someone else), bullying, victimisation, unwanted physical contact, stalking, offensive comments, jokes or body language, publishing, circulating or displaying pornographic, sexually suggestive or otherwise offensive material or pictures.

The media would also come under the ICC’s Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines.

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