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MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

Submitted by on 10 Jul 2018 – 15:57

business woman man couple sexual harassment silhouetteIn the context of the public debate prompted by the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, members of the European Parliament’s Gender Equality Committee recently proposed measures to combat mobbing and sexual harrassment in the EU.

The draft report underlines the urgent need for member states, local authorities and trade unions to understand the barriers that women face in reporting cases of sexual harassment in the workplace and to offer them full support to report these cases safely, without fear of possible consequences.

“The #MeToo movement has shown the world how big and widespread the phenomenon of sexual harassment and mobbing is, including in public and work spaces,” says EP rapporteur Pina Picierno (S&D, IT). “With this report we ask the EU Commission to act at European level, starting by proposing a clear legal definition of what sexual harassment is, stressing educational strategies and tackling the dramatic phenomenon of online harassment.

Failing to do so would mean ’tolerating’ mobbing and harassment and leaving women even more alone.’’
It also calls on member states to encourage workplace policies based on prevention, confidential procedures to deal with complaints, and tough and dissuasive sanctions for perpetrators.

MEPs call on all political parties to tackle sexual harassment notably by revising party rules to introduce a zero-tolerance policy and sanctions for perpetrators. They also urge national and local parliaments to fully support victims, investigate cases, maintain a confidential register of cases and ensure mandatory training for all staff and members on respect and dignity.

Finally, they reiterate that awareness-raising campaigns and education at every level are fundamental tools in helping to address gender-based violence.