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Workplace Sexual Harassment in Nigeria

Workplace Sexual Harassment in Nigeria
June 15, 2022 STERAbuja

Sexual harassment in Nigeria continues to be a prevalent public health issue and a violation of human rights. Workplace sexual harassment is a major challenge in formal and informal employment contexts. From a global perspective, sexual harassment at the workplace is associated with negative consequences, including employment outcomes (e.g., reduced job satisfaction, poor job performance and low morale, loss of earnings, increased turnover intentions, and absenteeism) and health outcomes (e.g., nausea, high blood pressure, trauma, and stress-related disorders).

In 2020, STER conducted a workplace sexual harassment study in Nigeria and the findings of this research are astounding. You can read the full document here Examining the Prevalence, Context, and Impact of Workplace Sexual Harassment in Nigeria

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), workplace sexual harassment, which may be physical, verbal, or non-verbal, is always unpleasant to the recipient and is constituted of the following components:

1. Quid pro quo sexual harassment: refers to situations where favourable work conditions, lucrative work packages and job benefits are made conditional to the victim/survivor succumbing to sexual advances or engaging in one or more forms of activity of a sexual nature.
2. Hostile work environment: refers to the sexually harassing conduct making the workplace no longer conducive or driving workplace conditions to be intimidating, unbearable or humiliating for the victim/survivor.

You can read the policy brief here The Workplace Sexual Harassment Study- Policy Brief

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