MDP Women’s Wing protest against alleged sexual harassment, call for Fahmy’s resignation

The Women’s Wing of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) gathered outside the government Velaanaage building yesterday in protest at alleged workplace sexual harassment faced by females.

The protest was held after Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Mohamed Fahmy Hassan was last week requested to stand down from the position after an Independent Institutions Oversight Committee vote on accusations he harassed a female member of staff at the commission.

Fahmy has continued to refute the allegations, which he claims are “politically motivated”.

The MDP stated that the protest was held to stand against sexual harassment faced by Maldivian women at the workplace.  The group also demanded the resignation of Fahmy within the 14 day time period requested by the parliament Independent Committee.  The 14 days will be up next Wednesday (July 25).

Around two dozen protesters gathered outside Velaanaage at about 2:00pm yesterday, with the demonstration reportedly ending peacefully two hours later.

Protesters were seen holding banners calling on the immediate resignation of CSC Chair Fahmy and other banners mostly expressing disappointment for Fahmy still being in the position.

After parliament’s Independent Commissions Oversight Committee concluded its investigation into the case, the decision was taken to forward the issue to the parliament floor should Fahmy not resign within the 14 days.

Local newspaper ‘Haveeru’ have speculated that there was a chance that Fahmy will not lose his postion as the Chair of the CSC if the issue was presented to the parliament floor. The newspaper reported that Fahmy has close relations with government-aligned MPs that dominate the Majlis chamber, according to some political figures.

In the parliament committee meeting, five MPs voted against taking action against Fahmy and the other five MPs voted in support of taking action against Fahmy and the vote was even.

In such situations where the vote appears even, the regulations obliges the Chair of the committee to vote. It was decided ultimately that action should be taken against Fahmy was passed after the Chair of the committee Independent MP Mohamed Nasheed voted in favor taking action against Fahmy.

The committee took the decision on July 11.


5 thoughts on “MDP Women’s Wing protest against alleged sexual harassment, call for Fahmy’s resignation”

  1. Yeah, let's never hold women accountable for how they dress.

    Dress modestly, few will touch you. Dress even more modesty, no one will touch you.

    It's common sense for heavens sake.

  2. All the Gayoomist MP's voted to keep this sexual predator in office. Media should report the names of the MP’s you voted in favor and against in such votes so the public are aware that their constituents are working for or against public interest.

  3. K.N.. yea right let's put the blame on women that SOME men cant think from anywhere above their b__ls.

  4. K.N what's common sense? That men like Fahmy (and probably you too from the sounds of it)are so desperate that they can't control themselves and their actions when they see a woman? Fahmy is responsible for his actions, no matter how a woman is dressed! And it's sick that men like Fahmy and you can put the blame on women and how they dress when the simple fact is that men like you have no brains to think with. Yep, people like you will defend such sickos like Fahmy.


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