Uganda’s response to sexual harassment in the public health sector: from “Dying Silently” to gender-transformational HRH policy

Original descriptive research was conducted in 2017 to identify the nature, contributors, dynamics and consequences of sexual harassment in public health sector workplaces and assess these in relation to available theories. This study found a pattern of men in higher-status positions abusing power to coerce sex from female employees throughout the employment cycle. The mutually reinforcing intersections of sex-based harassment and vertical occupational segregation are related obstacles experienced by women seeking leadership positions. Health systems leaders should seek organizational and sectoral solutions to end sex-based harassment and make gender equality a human resource for health policy priority.

Publisher Human Resources for Health
Countries Uganda