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25/11/2016 | Note for equality

Notes for Equality N°21: Bullying and sexual harassment in the working and educative environments. Violence against women made invisible

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favour, verbal or physical conduct or gesture of a sexual nature, or any other behaviour of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment

During the last decades the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have advanced in regards to norms and public policy initiatives for the confrontation of some of the manifestations of violence against women, such as domestic violence and in some countries femicide/feminicide. However, other forms of violence continue to remain invisible, and with a lower presence in the public debate. Such as is the case of sexual harassment in the workplace and educative environments, which, beyond limiting the exercising of economic autonomy of women, constitutes a thread in the continuation of gender violence and which also contributes to sustaining a gender order based on discrimination.