Empathic Approach to Workplace Sexual Harassment

UN Women Georgia innovation project aims to contribute to the prevention of sexual harassment at workplace in the public sector in Georgia. This goal will be reached through the development of an electronic, interactive course on sexual harassment for public servants that will be introduced as a part of a campaign “Understand and Prevent Sexual Harassment at Workplace” championed either by the Prime Minister or few Ministers (Internal Affairs; Defense; etc.). 


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During the pilot training, we have tested the case study scenarios and clarity of the material offered by the on-line course on Sexual Harassment course. We have also further built partnerships around this idea with government representatives,  namely, Head of the Government Administration and Management of Civil Service Bureau as they lead the Public Service Reform in the country  - the course will feed into this reform. Also, this activity is integrated into our UN Women Strategic Note to ensure that we can allocate relevant finances for the development of the course in 2016 and 2017. 

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The project being prototyped utilizes an empathic design approach to develop a course on prevention of workplace sexual harassment for public servants in Georgia. Empathic design is viewed as a more impactful approach as it fosters empathy through familiarizing the targeted group with the context of the problem. Through this it enables the group to better relate the experiences of those affected with their own experiences. This project is being rolled-out both through practical trainings and also in the form of an interactive, electronic course to be undertaken by public servants.

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The course has been developed with the help of an international consultant and national expert group (in English as well as in Georgian) and has been piloted on 5 July 2016 with the representatives of almost all Ministries; the next steps are a) creation of electronic interface of the course; b) piloting the course in selected ministries and c) initiation of a campaign to promote the course.