We are workers of the European Parliament working in the political or the administrative field. As an essential part of the functioning of this institution we believe that the institution must hold exemplary standards of good employment and citizenship and thus contribute to the fight against sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment occurs in every workplace, including the European Parliament. Thus it is imperative to ensure that our own house is in order
We refuse to get used to sexual harassment and categorically rebute the normalisation of abuse of power. When one person faces sexual harassment in the European Parliament, we are all at risk. This is why we will not personalize testimonials as these are all our stories: Hers, His, Theirs, Yours and #MeToo.
Why we are here
According to Article 12a) of the European Parliament’ staff regulations, We, as workers, are protected against any kind of harassment.
In October 2017, Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution 2017/2897(RSP) which called on the European Parliament to act when it comes to combat sexual harassment.
Since the adoption of this resolution, nothing has changed and time is running out: the next European elections will take place on May 2019 which means that we have one year left to make this resolution fully operational.
In particular, we are still waiting for three crucial elements called for in the resolution that are imperative to struggle against sexual harassment in the European Parliament:
- A taskforce of independent experts. Since the European Parliament is a huge structure with thousands of workers, an external audit is the only solution for us to improve our way of dealing with sexual harassment. It is not about organizing a witch-hunt but on the contrary, we aim to encourage a structural change so that everyone is fully aware as to what constitutes sexual harassment through clear, equal and transparent rules.
- A mandatory training warning against sexual harassment for the MEPs and persons in high positions. As sexual harassment occurs mostly due to the abuse of power, it is only logical to ask to the persons with higher positions to take part in training related to sexual harrassment.
- An anti-harassment committee with doctors as full members to provide an appropriate medical support to the victims. Moreover, a reform of the anti-harassment committees’ composition must be ensured so that everyone who comes forward with cases of sexual harassment can be heard in a safe and secure environment which ensures confidentiality and subjectivity in the treatment of their case due to the presence of MEPs on these committees.
We will not give up and you can help us!
Together, we are stronger!