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Sexism in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry


Sexual harassment and sexism in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry has long been a problem. In this project, relevant Nordic trade unions joined forces to review the research in the area and share best practices.

A fact sheet produced within the framework of the project, Not on the Menu, described the situation in the industry. A conference was also held (June 2015) with the overarching objective to make a joint Nordic effort to address the issue of sexual harassment and sexism in the industry and to strengthen the ability of trade unions to promote gender equality in the workplace.

The project has also facilitated dialogue with employers at the European level. The trade unions were enabled to develop and share examples of successful practices. The Icelandic Federation of General and Special Workers (SGS) and the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference (RIKK) have after the end of the project period initiated efforts to facilitate continued research on how sexual harassment in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry is affecting salaries and status in the Nordic labour market.