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Research-based knowledge to combat sexual harassment and bullying among children and young people

The project is based on increasing research-based sexual harassment knowledge within organisations working to combat bullying in the Nordic region and Lithuania, and within their target groups.

The main activities will be networking meetings and sharing and disseminating research-based methods through a one-day conference for the partners’ target groups and a report highlighting the knowledge gained within the project, as well as methods and tools such as:

  • Tools for mapping sexual harassment at school,
  • Initiatives to change the school climate and unsafe places,
  • Initiatives to combat sexual harassment and exploitation online,
  • Knowledge about body image and pornography, and
  • An action plan course to combat sexual harassment.

The project has been designed in order to share knowledge between the main anti-bullying organisations in the Nordic region and neighbouring Lithuania, and to disseminate effective methods to prevent sexual harassment. All the parties involved will contribute via their specific competences and perspectives, and will involve experts.

Sexual harassment in the health sector

The health sector has a high share of part-time and temporary employments, as well as high rates of sick leave. As such, it is particularly vulnerable to different forms of power abuse.

This project developed a Nordic network that mapped how Nordic municipalities counteract sexual harassment in the health sector. The comparative work resulted in a booklet on how to work pro-active to counteract sexual harassments.

The results were presented in conjunction with a Nordic digital conference, and were also made available in the different municipalities.

For more information, please see the final report.

A Nordic model for youth driven prevention of sexual harassment and violations

As recently evidenced by the metoo movement, women and girls as well as LGBTIQ, continue to experience sexism and violations in the public space, also in the Nordic countries. With this project we wanted to ensure that youth protect each other and respect their own and others’ rights and boundaries in relation to gender, body and sexuality. We therefore developed a Nordic model for youth-driven prevention of sexual harassment and violations.

Strengthening the engagement of youth in the prevention of sexual harassment and violations will contribute to the well-being of this generation and transformative change. It will also contribute to the formation of new champions who can take the agenda forward in new ways and maintain the position of the Nordic countries as front-runners in the advancement of gender equality globally. Building on the joint experience and knowledge of the Family Planning Associations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the project developed a scalable model campaign to reach and engage young people to this end, which can be replicated or adapted to the context of additional Nordic countries and beyond.

Investigation of harassment and sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment is a major problem in the hotel and restaurant industry. Studies of experienced sexual harassment amongst members of the Norwegian Commonwealth Association and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations 3F show that 21 percent in Norway and 24 percent in Denmark have experienced sexual harassment in employment. In Sweden, approximately 13 percent of female employees in the hotel and restaurant industry have experienced sexual harassment from customers, and 6 percent say they have experienced sexual harassment from managers or colleagues.

This project conducted a study to gain more knowledge about effective handling of cases of harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace. Part of this work was to investigate the relationship between sexual harassment and harassment on other grounds. The study and work against harassment was the theme of a seminar in the fall of 2018. Target groups included persons with experience of the hotel and restaurant industry and/or workplace harassment. 

Nordic network against sexism and hate speech

People’s open access to online forums, comment fields and debates in social media is generally considered to greatly benefit the democratic dialogue in society. However, the tone can be tough, polarising and insulting, which puts strong pressure on the democratic debate and freedom of expression and affects women’s and men’s access to the public debate in the Nordic region.

This project has establish a new Nordic network focusing on sexism and online hate speech. The network consists of a number of Nordic actors involved in the work for equal treatment in society, including the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the Norwegian Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud and the Icelandic Human Rights Center.

The project has arranged three expert seminars and put together an anthology with a series of recommendations on how the Nordic equality bodies and ombudsman institutions can work to combat sexism and online hate speech.

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.

Updated 21 November 2019