Sexual harassment: noun. Harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.
The term was first used by writer Mary Rowe back in 1973, yet the scourge of sexual harassment has grown since then to become a pandemic, affecting women in almost every sphere of life in virtually every society across the globe.
Independent Media's Don't Look Away campaign in support of 16 Days of Activism to end Violence against Women and Children will put sexual harassment in the spotlight during the days ahead.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness around this form of abuse of women and to empower them to act against perpetrators, particularly those in the workplace who prey on women, dehumanise them, compromise their careers and make them feel unsafe.
We will also be calling on men to do their bit - to pledge never to sexually harass women, to call it out when they witness it and to instil values in their children that nurture, rather than harm women.