Even though the #MeToo movement has made a huge success all around the world, it still has a long road to go.
A Poll has found out that almost 23 percent of the men in many countries around the world think that it is sometimes acceptable for the employer to ask for (or expect) to have physical intimacy with an employee. The poll was released on Thursday and it was conducted by Harris Poll, surveying 9,400 people in the U.S., Australia, India, South Africa etc.
The CEO of CARE, Michelle Nunn, said that the survey showed how many people believe that it is normal for the employer to expect to have intimate intercourse with their employees, and they do not consider it as an abuse. It is a global epidemic of harassment in the workplaces, and it is not even considered illegal in almost one-third of the world.
If we saw from the #MeToo movement that many women in Hollywood were harassed, imagine how difficult is for women in the factories in places like Bangladesh.
21 percent of the men and shocking 32 percent of the women who participated in the survey said that they have been a victim of physical harassment or assault at their workplaces, and in India, one-third of the people asked said that it is OK to whistle at a colleague. In the U.K. however, slapping a co-worker’s rear as a joke is totally acceptable for 35 percent of the people asked.
The #MeToo movement will have a positive impact in many, and 65 percent of the women participating in the Poll answered that they believe it will benefit them.
CARE launched a petition concerning “freedom from violence in the workplace”, and called out the International Labor Organization.