Everyone can help to make women safer at work

In workplaces up and down the UK, including the Houses of Parliament, people are rejecting the idea that those in positions of power can sexually harass – or even assault – with impunity.

It’s inspiring to see so many women (and many men) speaking out and demanding better treatment. Because we’re not talking about a few bad apples here. TUC research suggests that more than half of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. This is a vast, systemic problem whose implications can be felt in every area of our society. It goes far beyond specific industries, businesses or political parties. In fact, the issue is so serious that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In the past few weeks, I’ve heard too many people say that the problem is too big to solve, and that cultural change will take decades.

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