It has been just 4 days since Women’s Day, and after a series of long and empowering messages circulating all across the internet, it’s time we did a reality check.
The latest Harris Poll revealed that nearly one out of four men around the world think that it is okay for employers or superiors to expect sex from employees. Yes, almost 23% men from various countries across the world actually think that sexual harassment at workplace is okay. Even the thought of this gives me goosebumps! This survey goes on to prove that the #MeToo campaign still has a long and tough journey ahead of it!
Conducted Harris Poll and commissioned by the nonprofit organisation CARE, the survey was released on International Women’s Day. It included 9400 adults from in Australia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, South Africa, the U.S., the U.K., and Vietnam.in Australia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, South Africa, the U.S., the U.K., and Vietnam.
“Being expected to have sex with your employer — that’s not a job description, it’s sexual abuse. It speaks to the global epidemic of harassment and abuse in our workplaces,” said CARE CEO Michelle Nunn in a statement.
Sexual harassment at work is illegal in almost one-third of the world.
“If we now know how difficult it is on the producers’ chair in Los Angeles, imagine how difficult it is someplace like Bangladesh on the factory floor,” Nunn said in an interview with the Fortune Magazine.
The results of the poll reveal that almost 21 percent of men and 32 percent of women said that they had faced sexual harassment or assault at work. In India, around 33 percent of people felt that it was sometimes or always acceptable to whistle or cat-call a colleague. In the U.K, 35 percent of people between 25-35 years felt that it was always or sometimes alright to pinch a colleague’s rare for fun or as a joke.
Yes, people actually said these disgusting things!
65 percent of the surveyed women felt that with the #MeToo movement, things will change for the good.
As a response to the poll, CARE has launched a petition urging the International Labour Organisation to create new regulations regarding “freedom from violence in the workplace.” They have also come up with a new hashtag for discussions regarding sexual harassment, #ThisIsNotWork.
Information source: huffingtonpost
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