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newsThe Star reports that findings contained in a recently-released study conducted by academics from the City, University of London indicate that 57.5% of South African women and 38% of women from Nigeria have experienced sexual harassment in the respective countries’ newsrooms.  

Some 90% of the women who suffered sexual harassment in the media industry didn’t report the abuse “out of fear of retaliation from their organisations or their perpetrators”.  The multi-documented report, compiled by Dr Lindsey Blumell, PhD, and Dinfin Mulupi, was based on interviews with 136 news professionals in 2018, 9% of whom indicated that they had been sexually abused at least five times at their places of work.  Mulupi, who is pursuing a PhD at the University of Maryland, said her study indicated “widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the media workplace in South Africa and Nigeria”.  She went on to state:  “We hope that these findings and data will clarify the extent of the problem of sexism and sexual harassment in the media workplace and the responsibility for organisations to create a safe working environment for their staff members.  We would like as many people as possible in the industry to be informed on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the media workplace and ways to eradicate the same.”  Solutions from participants mainly focused on promoting more women to managerial positions and newsroom training.

  • Read the full original of the informative report in the above regard by Khaya Koko on page 3 of The Star of 10 September 2020

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