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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13736: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00734 by John Swinney on 31 October 2017 (Official Report, c. 3), what steps it is taking to encourage employers to review their procedures for dealing with sexual harassment, including what guidance it provides or is planning to produce.

Answered by: Angela Constance 17 January 2018

In November, we published a delivery plan for Equally Safe, our strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls. Specific commitments include running a major national campaign on sexual harassment and sexism, to raise awareness and encourage behaviour change; encouraging employers to put in place robust processes to deal with instances of sexual harassment; and developing a pilot Equally Safe employer accreditation programme in order to lever better employment practice in tackling gender based violence experienced by the workforce. Officials are currently scoping out this work.