In a study that was done in november last year, said one of the three united nations employees to the victims of any form of sexual harassment in the last two years. 38.7 percent said that they had been subjected at some time as an employee of the organization. The most common harassment was sexual stories or comments about a person's appearance or sexual activities.
of those harassed were men, and one of four a boss or parent. Only a third said that they acted when they or someone else has been exposed.
António Guterres writes in a letter to employees that the survey gave the sober statistics and evidence on what needs to be changed in order to improve the work environment within the united nations.
”this tells me two things. First, that we have a long way to go before we fully can openly discuss sexual harassment and, secondly, that it can also be a sense of mistrust and that nothing is done and that no liability is required.”
Guterres has previously said that he wants to apply the policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and writes in his letter that the UN must set the standard for the other, and that it must be high.
year, the united nations ethics for employees, where they can report sexual harassment. But during the year accused the UN agency Unaids also the executive director Michel Sidibé for sexual harassment and abuse of power. After much criticism, he announced in december that he will step down.
the Survey is the first of its kind made in the united nations. Only 17 per cent, or 30 364 people responded to the survey.