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Human rights experts and Ministers questioned on sexual harassment

13 June 2018

The Women and Equalities Committee takes evidence on both of its inquiries on sexual harassment, which are currently running alongside each other.

Wednesday 13 June 2018, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places

Issues to be covered in the third session of the public places inquiry include:

  • why sexual harassment is an equality and human rights issue and the domestic and international obligations on the UK to address it as such;
  • whether the UK’s approach to tackling sexual harassment is adequate and whether it is compliant with its obligations;
  • whether workplace policies and practices comply with equality and human rights standards;
  • the work of UN Women to tackle sexual harassment;
  • international models that would be effective in the UK.

Witnesses

At 9.50am

  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Dr Purna Sen, Director of Policy, UN Women

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The sixth and final evidence session of the workplace inquiry provides an opportunity to hear the Government’s position on issues that have been raised so far, including:

  • current Government action on sexual harassment in the workplace;
  • the effectiveness of the law in protecting employees from sexual harassment, including third-party harassment;
  • the extent to which the tribunal system meets the needs of those bringing claims involving sexual harassment and ways in which it might be improved;
  • the actions that employers should be taking to tackle sexual harassment and deal with cases appropriately; and
  • the use of non-disclosure agreements in relation to cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, and any Government plans for action on this issue.

Witnesses

At 10.40am

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Women, Government Equalities Office
  • Lucy Frazer QC, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice

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