65pc of working women in north complain of harassment
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): On average, 65 percent of women complain they face harassment at their workplace in four northern provinces, a survey revealed on Sunday.
The survey has been conducted by a civil society group, Rushd Training and Consultancy Organisation, in northern Baghlan, Balkh, Samangan and Jawzjan provinces.
It was carried out by 10 workers of the organization, asking 200 questions of working women about various forms of harassment.
Rushd official Hassan Azar Mehr told Pajhwok Afghan News the survey found the harassment level ampng working women had reached 65 percent on average.
He said the study showed 5.15 percent of women were practically harassed at the workplace. About 30 percent women had witnessed harassment of other women and 19 percent women had knowledge of such incidents happened to other women.
Zuhra, one of the organisation’s workers who conducted the survey, told Pajhwok Afghan News she had witnessed many incidents of harassment.
She said she herself had been harassed during her search for a job after graduating from university. Zuhra is happy that she has been part of the survey aimed at revealing the harassment level.
Azar Mehr said the survey targeted only working women and did not consult other women about harassment. He added the harassment had left working women with no option but to quit jobs.
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