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One Fourth Have Experienced Sexual Harassment at Work

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

One quarter of Icelanders have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace at some point, according to a survey carried out by Gallup this month. Mbl.is reported first. The proportion of women who have experienced sexual harassment is 45 percent, compared to 15 percent of men. Those aged 18-24 were the age group most likely to experience sexual harassment at work, with 55 percent of women and 23 percent of men stating they had.

Gallup conducted a similar survey in the US in October, which found that 42 percent of men and 11 percent of women had experience sexual harassment in the workplace. A BBC survey found 53 percent of women and 20 percent of men had suffered sexual harassment in educational institutions or at work. The comparisons should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as the definition of sexual harassment and the wording of questions differed between surveys.

The survey asked respondents if they had been sexually harassed in the past 12 months. Just over 5 percent answered “yes, definitely” or “yes, probably,” or 8 percent of women and 3 percent of men.

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