A call has been made for tertiary institutions to adopt policies that guide them in dealing with sexual harassment which continue to be on the increase, emphasizing on the need for proactive measures.

As the country commemorates the 16 days of activism against gender based violence, a call has been made for tertiary institutions to adopt clear sexual harassment policies that protect students from the vice which continues to be on increase.

Female Students Network Trust executive director Ms Evernice Munando said sexual harassment in tertiary institutions is a reality worsened by economic challenges.

There is need for more awareness campaigns and proper engagements to ensure sexual harassment cases are reported at all levels.

According to the female students network report to parliament, in February this year an average of 74 percent of female students experience sexual harassment in universities in Zimbabwe.