Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a violation of women's human rights and a prohibited form of violence against women in many countries. Sexually harassing conduct causes devastating physical and psychological injuries to a large percentage of women in workplaces around the world. Harassment directed against women in the workplace by their supervisors, fellow employees, or third parties interferes with the integration of women in the workforce, reinforces the subordination of women to men in society, violates women's dignity and creates a health and safety hazard at work.

Women's advocates around the world work to further women’s right to be free from sexual harassment. Critical to these efforts to combat sexual harassment has been the growing recognition of sexual harassment as a form of violence against women which violates women's human rights. States are obligated under international law to take effective steps to protect women from violence and to hold harassers and/or their employers accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace.  
 
General Information
Increase your understanding through a discussion of theories of violence, the prevalence of the problem, causes, effects, and strategies for protecting victims and ensuring batterer accountability. 
 
Women's rights advocates, sexual harassment trainers, policymakers, and others that want to eradicate sexual harassment in the workplace can access training materials, program guidelines, and policy implementation tips.
Law and Policy
Find information on states' international legal obligations to discourage sexual harassment under both the United Nations and the European human rights systems, as well as model legislation to guide drafting and reform efforts.
Articles, Research, and Reports
Explore links to select web-based materials on sexual harassment topics, including law and policy documents from around the world, reports, articles, books, and more.