What Will it Take? Promoting Cultural Change to End Sexual Harassment
This discussion paper provides guidance and insights to help employers prioritize the needs of the victim–survivors in sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination incidents. UN Women describe practical measures for cultural change, international normative standards, as well as several case studies of how organizations are approaching sexual harassment in the workplace. For instance, this paper states that establishing zerotolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace is critical and must be woven into the culture of an organization. Essential elements of zero-tolerance practice in an organization include always supporting individuals who report harassment, refusing to sanction perpetrators, and ensuring that equality and non-discrimination are integrated into its policies and practices.
UN Women identify five areas of work for lasting cultural change:
- Victim-focused work
- Collective ownership
- Zero tolerance
- Make reporting rational
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