Don’t close your eyes

“Let’s not close our eyes from sexual harassment.

I have experienced it and I choose not to be quiet about it. It has made me feel numb, disgust and scared. And it’s not right.”

-Project leader of Sexual Harassment Awareness project

Can be considered sexual harassment an act of bullying and coercion of sexual nature, or the promise of rewards in exchange fo sexual favors. It can even grow into abuses.

Lots of women today are victims of these kind of acts despite of the consideration of the existence of more open-minded societies regarding the differences of gender.

Around the 1968, the first wave of feminist movement in the western countries started to  fight for equal rights as the right to education, to work and to vote. Going on the second waves faced other barriers like equal pays and rights at the workplace, domestic violence and reproductive rights. The following third wave struggled most for greater influence of women in politics and media and a fourth wave is rising by new media platforms.

we can do it

According to law, into most of the countries, sexual harassment is illegal, as defined by the United States’ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: “It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex”.

In reality these kind of laws do not keep safe from simple offhand comments or isolated incidents; in fact harassment in the workplace is considered illegal just when it creates a hostile environment.

2008-2009 2010-2011 2012-2013 2016-2016
Subjected to threats or violence at the workplace
Total 16-64 years
Men and women 2.8 3.7 3.0 4.5
Men 1.9 2.7 2.1 3.2
Women 3.8 4.8 4.1 6.0

Students for sustainable actions is developing a new project to raise the awareness about sexual harassment; here some words by the project leader waiting for a more concrete developing of their workteam:

“Nobody wants their children grow up in environment, where people don’t feel safe and respected. Therefore, we should take a look of our behavior and also intervene if we see or hear this kind of things happening to ourselves or others.”

 

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