TEAMWORK – CombaT sExuAl harassment in the WORKplace

TEAMWORK aims at strengthening the combat against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Grant Agreement Number: 881719

Funded by: REC        Duration: 01/04/2020-30/04/2022  


Challenge

Sexual harassment in the workplace is hard to define. It can be seen as unwelcome sexual behaviour containing characteristics of emotional abuse or violence in general and sometimes as a specific entity unto itself. In the majority of the incidents, employees are afraid to denounce sexual harassment as they might lose their jobs, be penalized or even blamed. Identifying the methods to prevent and address this phenomenon at the workplace requires combined efforts and common policies and practices that can further tackle sexual harassment on its own roots.

Innovation

TEAMWORK focuses on strengthening the combat against sexual harassment in the workplace with the aim to create a culture of zero tolerance. By developing guidelines for Human Resources professionals to revise staff policies, the project is aiming to empower their capacity to prevent and tackle sexual harassment at the workplace, as well as to introduce measures to protect the victims-employees regardless their gender and job level.

Action

The guidelines will include laws, definitions and recommendations to reform staff policies in order to prevent sexual harassment and empower the victims of all genders to raise their voices and report such acts.
Two capacity-building seminars for HR professionals will be organized in order to enhance their skills and competences regarding the prevention of sexual harassment and the establishment of clear and safe paths to provide support to victims.
One rights/obligations awareness training will be organized with the aim to illustrate the legal framework, the rights and obligation of the employees as well as to establish the pathways for reporting of such acts and ways to support colleagues-victims of sexual harassment.
The online tool will enable the companies to self-assess their readiness in terms of recognition, prevention and protection policies. Companies who successfully complete the self-assessment test will obtain a sexual-harassment-free-sticker. Those with low assessment scores will have access to guidance and suggestions to improve their policies and practices.
The online platform will gather vital information – legal procedures, good practices, support services – for survivors of sexual harassment in the workplace.
REC
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
(Project Coordinator)
SURT (Spain)
Oxfam (Italy)
Center for Sustainable Communities Development (Bulgaria)
Adecco (Italy)

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