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


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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.

Agenda for the session:

- Welcome remarks and introductions: Anna Fälth, Manager of the WE EMPOWER through responsible business conduct in G7 countries programme, UN Women

- Presentation I: Ana Catalina Ramirez, ILO

- Presentation II: Gisela Hansen Rodriguez, Dianova

- Q&A 



Anna Fälth, Manager “WE EMPOWER through responsible business conduct in G7 countries” Programme, UN Women

As such, Anna heads the Secretariat of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), EmpowerWomen.org, that promotes online collaboration, learning and innovation to advance women’s economic empowerment in over 190 economies; and the WeLearn, a virtual skills school that will tackle some of the skills gaps faced by women and girls for the jobs of the future.

An economist, Anna has more than 20 years of experience as economic advisor within the UN system, including UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNDP and UN Women. She has a MSc in Economics from Lund University, Sweden, and a Masters in Law and Economic from Hamburg University, Germany.

Ana Catalina Ramirez , Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health, ILO

Ana Catalina Ramirez holds a Sociology degree from the University of Costa Rica and a Master degree on Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Turin. Ms. Ramirez worked as an HIV/AIDS Specialist with the International Labour Organization for Central America, Haiti and Dominican Republic for the past 10 years.  In 2013, she was appointed as the HIV Specialist for the Caribbean countries covered by the ILO Office in Port of Spain. During her work in Latin America and the Caribbean, she also supported ILO’s development cooperation programmes on gender and occupational safety and health.

Gisela Hansen Rodriguez, Clinical psychologist, Dianova

PHD on gender-based violence  and drug addiction. Clinical psychologist in addiction treatment center (therapeutic community in Barcelona) in Dianova NGO, master in adult psychopathology research and dual diagnosis. Researcher in the group "Behavior, lifestyles and health in women" in Autonomous University of Barcelona, Psychology faculty. Member of the board of directors of the Catalan Federation of Drug Addiction. Coordinator of work group "Gender and drugs" on regional level in Catalonia and works in advocacy to mainstream gender approach in public health services in Spain.




















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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