Her Tales: Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment of Girls Well being Staff, December 2022 – World


Key findings embody:

• Girls in all components of the world within the well being sector expertise work-related SEAH that features sexualized verbal abuse, sexual assault and rape. That is undesirable and unprovoked by ladies.

• Vertical occupational segregation (the clustering of girls in decrease standing, decrease paid roles) within the well being sector by gender, with ladies being 70% of well being employees and males holding 25% management roles, creating an enabling atmosphere for SEAH.

• The chance of SEAH is elevated by wider gender inequities within the well being workforce the place ladies are marginalized in management, earn lower than males on common and are in much less highly effective roles.

• Girls face SEAH from male colleagues, sufferers and males in the neighborhood. #HealthToo obtained just one report of a lady worker sexually harassed by a senior lady colleague.

• A sample emerged of males in increased standing positions of abusing energy to coerce and pressure feminine staff into undesirable sexual contact in a cycle of ‘grooming’, threats and retaliation.

• Many male perpetrators look like serial abusers, enabled by ‘silent bystanders’ supporting a patriarchal tradition that legitimizes, downplays and perpetuates SEAH towards ladies.

• Sure teams of girls – trainees, interns, migrant ladies, ladies of marginalized races, castes and ethnicities – are at increased danger of SEAH in well being because of unequal energy dynamics.

• Many tales describe sexist habits that belittles and demeans ladies, motivated by reinforcing energy differentials and stereotypes of girls’s subordinate place, and missing sexual want.

• Girls’s expertise of SEAH and trauma is downplayed within the well being sector and is even normalized.

• Girls’s responses differ with the kind of SEAH and their private circumstances; there is no such thing as a ‘proper response’. No judgment was made on this report. The sufferer is just not accountable.

• Nearly all of ladies reporting to #HealthToo didn’t make an official criticism or SEAH report. Some lacked a reporting mechanism, others feared disbelief, stigma or retaliation.

• With out victim-centered reporting mechanisms, SEAH is unrecorded, unsanctioned, and has a price primarily for the sufferer, whereas the perpetrator is enabled to proceed the sample of habits.

• #HealthToo tales file the trauma of girls victims in SEAH within the well being sector, together with put up traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) and suicidal ideas. Employers are failing of their most elementary responsibility of care.