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New International Coalition Unites Others in Tackling Workplace Bullying
Individuals and organizations from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland and even Ghana and Pakistan have joined the International Educational Coalition on Workplace Bullying [IECWB] in a global effort to stop abusive bosses and co-workers.
The idea for the coalition reflects the different backgrounds of the three women who founded it. Each of them saw the wide variety of vital information available on the topic and realized there needed to be a ‘portal’ to make it easier for people to find.
"It's hard to imagine any topic in which one person, organization, or group is the only place to turn - especially on an International level," says founding member and New York filmmaker Beverly Peterson. "We need to reach out and make greater alliances. Each one of us brings unique experiences and points of view.”
Linda Seiler is an advocate for a bill she helped introduce in New Jersey. She hopes for a worldwide movement and is “excited by the opportunity to use social media to bring much needed resources to victims/targets who often feel isolated due to the pain and humiliation of being bullied.”
Canadian Angela Monaghan says “changing injustice to justice requires changes in both legislation and social attitude.” She hopes "the IECWB will join others in raising awareness and creating a society where bullying cannot thrive.”
The group is currently reaching out to its members and the general public to gather input for upcoming discussion topics. One predominant response is for help in understanding the definition of Workplace Bullying. The definitions vary although most agree that it is a type of abuse that takes place over time and can be difficult to identify. And, with a little guidance, there is ample research to access the varying perspectives. Other possible topics include the role gender plays in Workplace Bullying, the use of policies as prevention, and the use of mediation and arbitration as a tool to stop bullying. A new website currently under construction will soon make resources available for non-Facebook users.
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About the International Educational Coalition on Workplace Bullying: Global effort to make information about Workplace Bullying available to public.
Angela Monaghan [Ontario, Canada] - Advocate, Educator, & Counsellor addressing bullying issues. Founder of On T.R.A.C. for BULLYING PREVENTION, a not-for-profit organization promoting education, awareness, healing, and an empowered society that won’t let bullying thrive.
Beverly Peterson [New York, USA] – Is a survivor of Workplace Bullying and Producer/Director of the web-documentary THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW: NoJobIsWorthThis.com, that was presented at the 7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying in Cardiff, Wales.
Linda Seiler [New Jersey, USA] – Community activist, mentor and trainer for NJ Citizens’ Campaign’s Academy for Citizen Empowerment. She is the founder of the NJ Healthy Workplace Advocates and is the NJ Coordinator for the Workplace Bullying Institute’s Legislative Campaign.