MEPs today called for mandatory anti-harassment training for everyone, including themselves!

The European institutions must lead by example in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace. That is why the Socialists and Democrats are calling for stronger measures to prevent all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment in the European Parliament. In particular, the resolution, which was adopted today, calls for mandatory anti-harassment training for all MPs and staff, available in all official languages.

Sexual harassment is an extreme form of discrimination based on sex, which disproportionately affects women and girls. 90% of victims of sexual harassment are women. Up to 55% of women have been sexually harassed in the EU, and 32% of all victims in the EU said the abuser was a manager, colleague or client. These numbers are even higher when you ask women in the service sector – namely 61% have experienced sexual harassment, and that rises to 75% of women working in managerial or high-skilled positions.

The S & Ds call on the Commission to promote measures against harassment and to further strengthen gender equality in all EU agencies and bodies.

Evelyn Regner, S&D MEP and Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), said:

“Harassment exists everywhere and the European institutions are no exception. Three years after the start of the MeToo movement, the European Parliament must finally set an example. I am very happy that the majority of this house today supported the call to take concrete action to end this horrible reality for women and I also want to thank the MeTooEP movement, as well as the multi-stakeholder support of the members. of the FEMM. Our position is clear: harassment, and especially sexual harassment experienced in the workplace, constitutes a violation of human rights and a serious attack on the psychological and physical health of a person!

“Our Parliament is not only an important political institution, but also a place of work for thousands of people. We need to ensure that in the EP we have zero tolerance for any form of harassment and that victims are supported, know where to go and that the perpetrators suffer the consequences.

“In two previous resolutions we had already called for mandatory anti-harassment trainings – but so far they were only voluntary and, shamefully, only a quarter of all MPs have attended one of these trainings. basic. We can and should do better than that! These trainings must be compulsory, because voluntary measures are not enough! It is high time to eradicate all forms of harassment.

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