Gender-based Violence

The Directorate of Equality shall, according to art. 4 of the act on the Administration of Matters Concerning Equality, work on preventative measures against gender-based violence, gender-based harassment, and sexual harassment in cooperation with other authorities and organizations that specifically work in these preventative measures.

According to Ch. II. Art, 12 in the act on Equal Status and Equal Rights irrespective of Gender, employers and the directors of institutions, civil society organizations, and sports and youth organizations shall take special measures to protect their employees, students, and clients from gender-based violence, gender-based harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace or institution, social activities, or schools.

Word Definitions:

Gender-based harassment

Behaviour linked to the affected person’s gender, having the purpose or effect of offending the dignity of the person involved and creating circumstances that are threatening, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or insulting for the person in question.

Sexual harassment

Any kind of sexual behaviour having the purpose or effect of offending the dignity of the person affected by it, especially when this behaviour creates circumstances that are threatening, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or insulting for the person in question. The behaviour can be verbal, symbolic, and/or physical.

Gender-based violence

Violence based on gender which results in, or could result in, physical, sexual, or psychological injury or suffering on the part of the affected person, including the threat of such, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of freedom, both in private life and in a public venue.