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Experts questioned on women's experiences of sexual harassment

06 December 2017

The Women and Equalities Committee considers the issue of sexism and sexual harassment faced by women, including why it happens, what the impact is and how to prevent it.

This follows the recent emergence of widespread allegations in the UK and US about sexual assault and harassment across a wide range of sectors.  
 
This session will inform the Committee's thinking about a possible future inquiry into issues of sexism and sexual harassment.

Witnesses will help MPs to assess the scale of the situation at universities, the workplace, in public spaces and online.
 
In particular, the Committee will want to understand: 

  • The evidence about women's experiences of a sexist culture and sexual harassment
  • The causes of sexual harassment and how it links to a sexist culture
  • The legal and policy framework for tackling it
  • How to prevent sexual harassment from happening.

'Significant and growing concern'

Committee Chair Maria Miller MP said: 

"There has been significant and growing concern over the past few years about routine sexism and sexual harassment that women and girls experience in their daily lives.

Recent allegations that have emerged across different sectors have amplified this.

"Last year, the Committee published a report which uncovered a disturbing level of sexual harassment and sexual violence against girls in schools.

We are now interested in hearing about women's experiences in other environments.

"In this session, we will hear from experts from different sectors about women's experiences of sexism and sexual harassment in universities, workplaces, public spaces and online.

Once we have a better picture of the problem, we will consider further work on this in the new year."

Witnesses

 Wednesday 6 December, Committee room 8, Palace of Westminster

10.15am: 

  • Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University
  • Michael Conroy, A Call to Men UK
  • Scarlet Harris, TUC
  • ACC Mark Hamilton, Cross-government Hate Crimes Working Group

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