Sexual harassment can have a serious impact on women’s leadership, their ability to participate in paid work, and to contribute their much needed expertise and skills. A harassment policy may help change this culture, prevent harassment, and protect those who have experienced it.


Sexual Harassment

Bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, involving unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances or obscene remarks.

Evidence and Arguments:

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), women in politics face harassment and threats of violence and that it impedes their ability to do their job. More than eight-in-ten women parliamentarians say they have experienced physical or psychological violence. The IPU recommends a harassment policy with an independent body to take and investigate politics.

Currently, policies vary across sectors, business, and even across different governments and legislatures.

Key Decision Makers:

Key decision-makers include governments, business and community leaders.


Policies should enable confidentiality, while providing accountability and appropriate consequences. Policies and procedures should also be survivor centric and trauma informed.

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