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Heikkinen, Mervi (2015) Sexist harassment at University.In International conference proceedings Gender, Law and Institutions. Publication UNESCO chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Nicosia: University of Cyprus, pp. 115-131.

Sexist harassment at university

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Author: Heikkinen, Mervi1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
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Language: English
Published: UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, University of Cyprus, 2015
Publish Date: 2017-02-09


The challenge for the study was to elaborate sexist harassment experiences at the university, the laws and policies that define and regulate sexist harassment, and the implementation and outcome of such policies that aim to prevent sexist harassment within the university organization. The whole research process resulted in two theoretical themes reflective of the areas of sexual harassment and gender equality: the first one is conceptual and the second one is organizational. The concepts of gender and sexual harassment, sexist harassment, and sexist discrimination are, firstly, used to refer to the same phenomenon, also indicating how the phenomenon is understood and how it should be solved. Secondly, it seems essential to elaborate the topic from the individual level to the organizational level in a way that also considers individuals and the realisation of their capabilities within an organization. Both of these questions are also important in developing the theory further, as that is also an aim of my study. The research contributes to the conceptual-theoretical discussion of the development of gender equality work at organizations.

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ISBN: 978-9963-9980-3-6
Pages: 115 - 131
Host publication: International conference proceedings gender, law and institutions
Host publication editor: Koutselini, Mary
Valanidou, Floria
Conference: International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 5141 Sociology
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2015 by UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, University of Cyprus. All rights reserved. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.