9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 The Social Reproduction of Gender Inequalities Building II, C4.02

Sexual and Gender Harassment at University: The Case of the Czech Republic

The issue of sexual harassment on college campuses has been widely conceptualized in western and primarily American sociology since the 70´s. Since then, many surveys, attempts to design standardized research tools, theoretical studies explaining the phenomenon as well as efforts to set up an effective university anti-harassment policies have been carried out. Sexual and gender harassment seems to be a well established topic in the Anglo-Saxon world both for the researches and university policy makers. However, any serious discussion about the problem is still missing in the Czech republic. Czech universities have no anti-harassment policies available either for students or staff, the legislation lacks appropriate laws concerning sexual and gender harassment at universities (as well as at workplace) and no survey has been conducted yet to monitor the university situation. The aim of this paper is to present main findings based on the first survey of sexual and gender harassment in the Czech Republic carried out at one selected university in Prague. The goal of this pilot survey held in 2008/2009 was to monitor the prevalence of various forms of sexual and gender harassment concerning students as well as their attitudes towards this phenomenon.