Sexual harassment - start of a broad information offensive in 60 plus countries - March 01, 2016

WageIndicator has started a broad information offensive, ahead of the ILO, which will launch its campaign against sexual harassement in 2018. What is it? How to recognize it? What to do against it? WageIndicator will publish in 60 plus countries.

Sexual harassment ususally victimizes women, working women are particulalrly vulnerable. It may harm them in many respects, phsycially, emotionally and materially, in their careers and in their capacity to earn an honest living. Two guises, says the exhaustive WageIndicator display of its manifestations, occur regularly in everyday working life: perpetrators may operate in the open as bullies, or in secret, behind closed doors.

Bullies: sometimes sexual harassers are very blunt and outspoken, and will use jokes, pictures, or sexual anecdotes quite openly to embarrass or intimidate their victims. They may touch or stroke a colleague or employee in an inappropriate way, but turn it into a joke so that the victim feels silly or shy to report the incident. They may circulate lewd sexual emails, in the full knowledge that such content could be embarrassing and upsetting. They may pass comments on a person’s figure, including their breasts or buttocks, in a loud and disrespectful way. Others operate on the quiet. Their methods may include manipulating one-on-one situations behind closed doors, where a staff member may be asked for sex in exchange for a salary raise or promotion. There may also be threats of violence if the victim does not go along with such requests. It also includes sending private emails or messages of a sexual nature. It can also include being repeatedly invited out on a date, when one has constantly refused. The sexual harassment pages are now available in most of the important regional languages that are used by WageIndicator. 

Check example South Africa:

Sexual harassment - start of a broad information offensive in 60 plus countries

 


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