Six out of 10 European women suffer sexism at work, says survey

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French research group found the 21% reported such attacks in the last 12 months and more than 40% of them are under the age of 30.
60% of women in Europe has suffered gender-based or sexual violence in the workplace, according to a study published in five countries on Saturday.

French Ifop research group found 21% reported such attacks in the last 12 months and more than 40% of them are under the age of 30.

More than 10% of the 5,000 respondents – 9% in France, 15% in Spain – said they had been “forced unwanted” sex from someone in their workplace. The study authors said that the figures “highlight the gray areas that might exist around consent” when it can be “squeezed in the context of subordination, intimidation or manipulation”.

In addition, 9% of women said they were at least once “suppressed” by a colleague to commit an “act of a sexual nature”, like sex in exchange for employment or promotion. While some 18% said they were touched inappropriately, such as a hand on the bottom, hug forced or unwanted kiss.

The study was conducted in France, Germany, Italy, England and Spain. He also said that sexual violence, which includes whistles, gestures, rude comments or leering, is the most common attacks, with 46% of women are affected, especially in Germany where the figure is 56%.

The authors of the report said “a very small minority of victims of abuse in the workplace managed to break the wall of silence” and speak.

Only 13% of women were touched inappropriately and 16% of them were pressured into a sexual relationship said they had to talk to someone, such as superior or trade unions, to solve internal problems.

Ifop survey conducted by online questionnaire in April this year for the Fondation Jean Jaures think tanks and the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS).


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