A landmark judgment has finally set precedent for the awarding of damages for sexual harassment in Zimbabwe, with a victim being awarded $180 000.

The final order was all thanks to the incredible tenacity of the victim in the matter who spent two decades fighting her former boss, Farai Bwatikona Zizhou, CEO of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, in the face of legal stalling and mockery of her claims.

The judgment, handed down in December by Harare High Court Judge Joseph Martin Mafusire, has been widely lauded and finally creates case law for other victims of workplace sexual harassment to rely on.

It also provides a basis on which RM, as the woman is called in the judgment, can pursue a similar pending damages claim against the confederation itself for not taking her accusations seriously and the “flippant if not contemptuous” response by its president.