Webinar - Sexual Harassment: The Risk of Not Taking Action in the Workplace


Violence and harassment affect women regardless of age, location, income or social status and represents a serious obstacle to gender equality in the workplace. One in three women in Europe has experienced either physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and 55 per cent of women in the EU has experienced sexual harassment. Violence signifies high costs to women in lost earnings, missed promotions and well-being, and to companies in form of absenteeism and productivity losses. The cost to the global economy of violence against women is estimated to be approximately US$12 trillion annually.

Effectively addressing this issue requires zero tolerance policies, and measures that ensure workplace health and safety, including women’s safety while traveling to and from work and on company-related business trips, and the right to time off for medical care and counseling.

In recent months we have reached a tipping point, in large part due to the determination and bravery of grassroots activists and survivors and global social media conversation such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”. At the same time, we are experiencing a concerted pushback against women’s rights, human rights defenders and a shrinking civic space that threatens the progress achieved so far. Both trends point to one reality: no country, no organization is immune to sexual harassment and violence, and women and girls from all corners of the world still experience gender-based violence and abuse.

This webinar will explore what are the best practices on eliminating the companies and are some lessons learned that could guide the thinking and actions.

The WE EMPOWER Team will use the Women’s Empowerment (WEPs) framework to approach the conversation and will share how the Principles could guide the new signatories into the implementation and monitoring path.




The webinar is organized by WE EMPOWER Programme Team to mark the Global Entrepreneurship Week and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The WE EMPOWER through responsible business conduct in G7 countries is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The EU is also funding a sister programme in six Latin American and Caribbean countries: Win-Win, Gender equality means business together with UN Women and ILO and is considering a possible future EU action with strategic partner countries in Asia. The Asia project is currently being conceptualized in cooperation with UN Women.

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