Sexist harassment at university
Heikkinen, Mervi (2015-02-09)
Heikkinen, Mervi (2015) Sexist harassment at University. In International conference proceedings Gender, Law and Institutions. Publication UNESCO chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Nicosia: University of Cyprus, pp. 115-131
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The challenge for the study was to elaborate sexist harassment experiences at the university, the laws and policies that define and regulate sexist harassment, and the implementation and outcome of such policies that aim to prevent sexist harassment within the university organization. The whole research process resulted in two theoretical themes reflective of the areas of sexual harassment and gender equality: the first one is conceptual and the second one is organizational. The concepts of gender and sexual harassment, sexist harassment, and sexist discrimination are, firstly, used to refer to the same phenomenon, also indicating how the phenomenon is understood and how it should be solved. Secondly, it seems essential to elaborate the topic from the individual level to the organizational level in a way that also considers individuals and the realisation of their capabilities within an organization. Both of these questions are also important in developing the theory further, as that is also an aim of my study. The research contributes to the conceptual-theoretical discussion of the development of gender equality work at organizations.
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