Pasquier reacts at harassment cases in UK Parliament

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Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, speaks in the Finlandia House during the commemoration ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe in Helsinki, Finland, 16 May 2019.

Pasquier reacts at harassment cases in UK Parliament


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Liliane Maury Pasquier, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has reacted to the publication of two independent inquiries into bullying and harassment in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The Assembly called for a series of measures aimed at stopping sexism and sexual harassment, recommendations that are addressed to national parliaments, but also to political parties and governments.
Pasquier is shocked that this kind of behaviour existed among those who aspire to lead the nation: according to a recent study, over 40% of parliamentary staff said they had been sexually harassed at work.
“For that reason, in October last year – together with the Inter-Parliamentary Union – we launched the #NotInMyParliament initiative. Since then, I am proud to say that hundreds of parliamentarians, and others working with them, have pledged to do all they can to end sexual harassment, abuse and violence against women in parliaments.”, she stated in her reaction, and urged the Westminster authorities to take the steps necessary to put an end to abusive behaviour.

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