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'Sexism is a waste...': the need to tackle violence and misogyny in Scotland's workplaces

Violence Against Women (VAW) will affect the lives of 1 in 3 women worldwide. The United Nations (UN) defines VAW as ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life’ . VAW exists on a continuum ranging from sexist jokes and street harassment, to rape and femicide. Understanding this continuum needs recognition of the fact that discrete incidents do not occur in a vacuum but within a broader set of gendered social relations which both create and perpetuate gender inequality .

In 2016 Zero Tolerance undertook research to gain further insight from a Scottish perspective on what VAW in the workplace looks like. Our primary focus was gauging the level of support available for those disclosing violence to their employer; and what employers were doing to combat the sexist attitudes which underlie VAW.

We received over 600 responses from women (80%), men (19%) and non-binary (1%) individuals from across the public sector  (83%) the private sector (6%) and third sector (9%) . Men were asked to take part in our research if they had witnessed violence or sexism in the workplace; or were in management positions where they would be required to support employees who had experienced either.

This is the first Scotland-specific research assessing the measures employers are undertaking to prevent and respond to VAW in the workplace. This report situates our findings in the broader UK policy context and makes recommendations for stakeholders .

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