Sexual harassment in the workplace: International Women’s Day

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, ‘Generation Equality’, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognised as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.

Still just a bit of banter?

Meanwhile, a shocking report, ‘Still Just a Bit of Banter?’, has recently revealed that over half of women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment while at work.

The study, carried out by the Everyday Sexism Project and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), surveyed over 1,500 women and discovered that 52% have been victims of unwanted sexual behaviours at work, from groping to inappropriate jokes.

For women aged 16-24 this percentage rose to 63%, with almost 20% of women reporting that the person harassing them was their manager or someone in a position of authority.

While the report is investigating ‘sexual harassment’, many of the incidents of unwanted touching or kissing that women are reporting would be considered sexual assault by law. This highlights the seriousness of a situation that is so often excused with the phrase ‘harmless banter’.

The Training Now safeguarding team

If you are, or you know of someone suffering abuse please report it to your Teaching and Learning Coach or directly to a member of the safeguarding team at Training Now:

Laura: / 07738892289

Alina: / 07720947247

Luke: / 07483067757

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