Bridging the Gap: Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH)

Authored by: Purna Sen, Rosario Grima Algora, and Federica Lacava

Categories: Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2020
Citation: Sen, Purna et al. "Bridging the Gap: Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH)." The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. 2020.

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Executive Summary

This advocacy paper seeks to reflect and progress dialogue on the connections between sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). They are both human rights violations based on gender discrimination, intersecting with all forms of social inequalities, and are part of a continuum of violence (mainly) against women and girls and almost always committed by men. Despite these commonalities, organizations in the development and humanitarian sectors, including the United Nations, have tended to address these two forms of violence as separate and independent problems.

This publication advocates a rethinking of current approaches to addressing sexual harassment and SEA, including that centering survivor voices and understanding their common causes and dynamics is necessary for elimination.