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  • Writer's pictureClara Wajngurt

Global Manifestations of Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence generally refers to interpersonal aggression, sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of discrimination and oppression occurring within one's workplace (Van De Griend & Hillinger, 2014). It is a global women's health issue and affects many areas across the globe irregardless of economic and social development. Its negative impacts have been researched in Australia (Hegney et al, 2006); Taiwan  (Wei & Chen, 2012), Ethiopia 

(Marsh et al, 2009), Brazil (DeSouza & Cerqueira, 2009) and of course the United States (Krieger et al, 2008). Women who are younger and who generally work in low-status jobs, and work in positions of lower social power, are at higher risk for workplace violence.

The following statistics were found:

A survey of female faculty and staff at Ethiopian colleges indicated 86.3% of those surveyed experienced abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace.

A survey of employed female adolescents in the United States showed 52% reported workplace sexual harassment.

In Taiwan, students between 7th and 9th grades found 20% of the girls had been subjected to sexual remarks or jokes and 5% were inappropriately touched in school.

In Southern Brazil it was found more than a quarter of domestic workers were  sexually harassed at work.

I will report on these statistics in greater detail in future blogs.


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