“Is this sexual harassment?”. Asking this question in different situations, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) has launched a campaign to start the conversation going regarding sexual harassment and discrimination, give visibility to the anti-harassment policies at the park and foster a culture of respect for all.
Indeed, both the PRBB Consortium and all its centres have recently updated their anti-harassment policies, and want to make sure everyone in the building knows about them.
The PRBB aims to provide an environment that celebrates diversity and helps all scientists, regardless of their gender, background or other circumstances, to develop their careers and conduct excellent research in the best conditions. And for that, it is essential that we foster an environment of unconditional respect for everyone. Because it is just not possible to work well if you feel constantly challenged, or ignored, or harassed.
In order to provide an environment that celebrates diversity and helps all scientists to develop their careers and conduct excellent research, it is essential that we foster an environment of unconditional respect for everyone.
The anti-harassment policies in place in each of the centres differ slightly in the procedures to follow or the people involved, but they all have one thing in common: they make it clear that there is zero tolerance for disrespect of any kind at work.
The campaign consists of a series of posters and social media posts, as well as stickers and badgers with a clear message: Be Respectful. The different circumstances depicted in the posters invite us to reflect on day to day situations we might all have experienced, and ask ourselves what is wrong about them.
Some of the harassment types included in the campaign and the centres’ policies are:
- Sexual harassment (when someone’s behavior creates a sexually aggressive, hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment at work)
- Gender harassment (discrimination or comments due to one’s gender)
- Sexual orientation harassment (discrimination or offensive comments due to one’s sexual orientation)
- Gender-identity harassment (discrimination or offensive comments due to how one identifies or behaves in regards to gender)
You can find all the centres’ policies in the EDI Committee’s website, together with more information about the PRBB’s commitment and activities regarding equality and diversity.
Let’s #BeRespectful and start a healthy conversation!