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Lawyers: Many workplaces run on as before, metoo

In the autumn of 2017 took the campaign metoo a whole world by storm. In Sweden testified to the women in various professions about sexual harassment. Approximately 30 petition started in Sweden within different industries.

One of the appeals to reason were #medvilkenrätt where 5.965 female lawyers demanded a better work environment for women in the juristbranschen. The anonymous testified about everything from verbal harassment to physical sexual assault. The stories were, inter alia, the Svea court of appeal to review its procedures. Even the then chancellor of justice, Anna Skarhed, reacted to the testimonies. But after the appeal was kicked also one of Sweden's most famous lawyers after allegations of sexual harassment.

from Statistics Sweden, statistics SWEDEN, statistics show that more women reported sexual harassment during the campaign, metoo. In the beginning of the call reported a per cent that they had sexually harassed. At the end of the period, in the spring of 2018, the figure had risen to nearly six per cent of women. Over 3.700 people participated in the survey, which was commissioned from the Swedish association of architects. Of these, 842 academically educated women.

Several akademikerkvinnor feel that they also be discriminated against in their workplace because of their gender. Between 2015 and 2017, there was an increase of approximately 34 per cent among women who felt discriminated against.

But despite the fact that more feel they have to tell about their experiences after metoo, there are few who feel ignored calls changing work environment. A year after the petition #medvilkenrätt started the campaign #upptillbevis, which was a follow-up.

in 2019, experiencing the many lawyers that #metoo has not contributed to change in the workplace. Similarly, the attention not appeals to reason on many of the legal professionals place of work, according to a survey among trade union Juseks members.

participated in close to 700 people in the survey of 3,000 respondents. While a third of women felt that change is needed at work said nine percent of the men that there is a need for change.

"It is important to actually go to the action now, too many in the industry are talking lot but does not implement concrete measures," says Agnes Hammarstrand, a partner in the law firm Delphi.

in 2018, she was voted to the lawyer and was the first woman to win the award. The title is awarded to the lawyer that other lawyers said that they would hire as a lawyer. According to her, it has become more difficult to avoid problems after the metoo.

Agnes Hammarstrand, a partner in the law firm Delphi. Photo: Peter Nilsson.

– At several workplaces, have understood that you need to put into gender equality work in their business strategies, I do not know if one had done before metoo. Before appeals to reason, it was possible to avoid the problems and say that there are some individuals that are the problem, " says Agnes Hammarstrand.

Despite this, she believes that the appeals to reason may have been a fly on the certain workplaces. Next, she hopes to a more basic awareness of structures of spreads.

– some workstations running on the previous. We need to create an awareness that society is not equal in the bottom. In other words, it's not about some people but if a larger structure. Then required a willingness to change, and then, concrete measures, " says Agnes Hammarstrand.

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