Sexual harassment rampant at the UN, indicate media reports

Media reports have revealed that cases of sexual harassment and assault, apart from being common at UN offices across the world, are routinely silenced because of a flawed grievance system. Since the media reports surfaced, a large number of current and former employees and consultants have gone public with incidents of sexual harassment that they faced at the organization. The UN Secretary General has vowed to address sexual harassment and related issues, including under-reporting. The UN has since launched a staff helpline, staffed by persons trained in human resources work, to respond to sexual harassment complaints.

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