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Stopping Sexual harassment at work – ITUC Guide

Ask any women about sexual harassment, and she is likely to have experienced it or to know of cases of it at work. In industrialised countries, 42-50 percent of female workers have been sexually harassed, in the European Union, 40-50% of women, and in Asia-Pacific countries between 30-40% of women workers reported some form of harassment. In a recent study in South Africa, 77 percent of women respondents experienced sexual harassment sometime during their working lives3. Few Latin American countries have recognised sexual harassment as a category of degrading treatment despite the fact that, according to ILO figures, between 30 percent  and 50 percent  of women workers in the region have suffered some form of sexual harassment, of varying degrees of severity, at some stage in their workplaces.