In a startling turn of events, a former U.S. Embassy Colombo staffer took U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz to task today, after she published a tweet last morning on the importance of women’s empowerment in workplaces.
The ex-staffer – former Information Specialist of U.S. Embassy Colombo, Omar Rajarathnam called the Colombo U.S. Mission out on its hypocrisy, as the Ambassador preached about the importance of women’s empowerment, promoting a speech she delivered at an Am Cham event on women in the workplace.
Below is the tweet, where she notes that ’empowered women power economies’ alongside hashtags #equality and #gender.
To this, the ex-staffer hit back hard with a damning revelation that shed light on the harassment of local female staffers at the hands of white American diplomats in the U.S. Embassy.
He called upon the Ambassador to first put a stop to harassment of female local staffers at the hands of ‘white American diplomats’ before preaching to the outside world. He also asked that she apologize to the victimized women and these staffers who shed light on these injustices.
This is not the first time that harassment claims and lack of a response in addressing them, has been brought up within the State Department system. An Inspector General’s report from 2011 revealed that the U.S. Embassy in Germany was not proactive in dealing with harassment claims.