Nordic Webinar: Sexually Harassed in Health Care – Doubly vulnerable in a hard-hit sector

2nd of March 2021
10:00-11:30 (CET)
Online Nordic Webinar

About this webinar

Health care workers are crucial to the functioning of society. They work on the front line and meet a large number of people every day – colleagues, patients and their relatives. Research shows that sexual harassment is a big problem in the workplace. That includes health care.

Many health care workers report that they have been subjected to sexual harassment at work. The ongoing pandemic has also starkly highlighted shortcomings in the health care sector’s working conditions, which is already a vulnerable sector. The Nordic countries have similarities and differences in how this sector is organised as well as in the format and design of measures and initiatives undertaken.

Nordic Information on Gender, NIKK, and the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health, NIVA, invite you to a webinar on these highly topical issues. Learn about the experience of the Icelandic health care sector, the Norwegian Nurses Federation and the newly appointed Swedish Equality Ombudsman, in conversation on the problem as well as important measures and solutions to it. Results from the new report Sexually harassed at work – An overview of the research in the Nordic countries will be presented and discussed from the different perspectives of the panel participants.

Panelists:

Lars Arrhenius
Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen), Sweden

Bryndís Elfa Valdemarsdóttir
Equality adviser of Akureyri municipality and part of the Nordic co-operation project “Sexual harassment in municipal health- and care sector in Iceland, Norway and Sweden”, Iceland

Silje Naustvik
Vice President, The Norwegian Nurses Organisation (Norsk Sykepleierforbund), Norway

The conversation will be moderated by Fredrik Bondestam, Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, PhD in Sociology specialising in research on sexual harassment.

Target groups

The webinar is aimed primarily at people working with sustainable conditions in working life – in the health care sector, but also in other sectors. You might also be a manager, an occupation health and safety representative, a union representative or an officer responsible for equal treatment matters. You might also be working in an organisation aiming to prevent sexual harassment. The webinar would also be interesting to politicians or researchers interested in how research, practice and policy can work together to bring about change.


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