Violence, harassment at work have affected more than 1 in 5 people: UN report
“It’s painful to learn that people face violence and harassment not just once but multiple times in their working lives,” Manuela Tomei, ILO assistant director-general for governance, rights, and dialogue, said at a press conference.
She said the report, which does not give country breakdowns, tells us about the enormity of the task ahead to end violence and harassment in the world of work giving regional but not national analysis.
It also examines factors that may prevent people from talking about their experiences, including shame, guilt, or a lack of trust in institutions or because such unacceptable behaviors are seen as “normal.”
The most common reasons for non-disclosure were “waste of time” and “fear for their reputation.”
Globally, 17.9% of employed men and women said they experienced psychological violence and harassment in their working life, and 8.5% faced physical violence and harassment, with more men than women experiencing this.
Young women were twice as likely as young men to have faced sexual violence and harassment, and migrant women were almost twice as likely as non-migrant women to report sexual violence and harassment.
The ILO-LRF-Gallup study was based on interviews conducted in 2021 with nearly 75,000 employed individuals aged 15 years or older in 121 countries and territories as part of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll.