One in two women have been sexually harassed at work

By Majed Iqbal-study, dubbed as the largest of its kind for a generation on sexual harassment at work, has discovered more than half (52%) of women, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old, said they have experienced some form of sexual harassment within their workplace.

1 in 2 women have been sexually harrassed in the work place.

The report found concerning trends of sexual harassment in the workplace faced mainly by women from male colleagues as almost ‘culturally accepted’. Female participants in the report shared their feelings, sense of embarrassment and isolation when males colleagues would say to them “She loves it” or “Its a male dominated industry”. Many would argue that the Jimmy Saville and Benny Hill era is one of the past and  society has moved on from reducing women to sexual objectification. My question would be “Has it really?”.

The findings may lead some women to even question the unquestionable, the lofty ideals of equality and equal opportunities. Are male and female equal in the workplace? Are they treated fairly? Do the same opportunities exist for both sexes? Of those surveyed, the report found

  • Nearly one in three (32%) of women have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature while at work
  • More than one in four (28%) of women have been the subject of comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes at work
  • Nearly a quarter (23%) of women have experienced unwanted touching – like a hand on the knee or lower back at work
  • A fifth (20%) of women have experienced unwanted verbal sexual advances at work

In the Western hemisphere, many look to this side of the globe as a beacon of modernity, advancement and principled ideals. This perception is given the airtime where freedom is championed as the defacto ideal which has bought about this liberating environment. However, this myth is often shattered with such reports. It is therefore understandable why many women not only remain psychologically damaged by such ordeals but also remain skeptical of the false promise of secular advocates of women’s liberation.

Is it surprising why many look for alternative ideals to live their lives by, especially when mainly women are converting to Islam in the UK?

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