20 percent of working women face sexual harassment
By Chu Meng
One in five of China’s female workers have been the victim of sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace during the past two years, according to survey results released Monday at the first China Forum for Preventing Harassment in the Workplace.
The survey, conducted by the School of Law at Peking University and Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center, said sexual harassment remains disturbingly common.
Almost 20 percent of the 1,837 interviewees – 37 percent of whom were men – sampled from a dozen companies in Beijing and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Hebei said they had been sexually harassed while at work during the past several years.
Another 24 percent said they had heard of or witnessed the sexual harassment of colleagues.
Female employees in second-tier cities were the most likely to suffer harassment, with 37 percent reporting personal incidents.
The findings were published by the counseling center in preparation for a national campaign against workplace harassment and bullying, set to begin in June under the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
Guo Jianmei, director of the counseling center, said the one-month campaign is aimed at persuading female employers to combat bullying and harassment among their fellow workers.
“Harassment is most common among women seeking to advance their economic position or place in the company. The higher the promotion they see, the more harassment they are willing to endure,” she said.