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Women of Europe Newsletter No. 22, November 1991

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES THE DIGNITY OF WOMEN AT WORK rom 6 to 9 November, a key Euro- pean seminar was held in The Hague on the protection of the dig- nity of women and men at work. Organi- zed jointly by the Dutch Employment and Social Affairs Minister and the Equal Opportunities Unit, it marked a major ini- tiative by the Dutch Presidency. One of the aims of the seminar was to increase public awareness of the Council Resolution of May 1990 on the protection of the dignity of women and men at work and of the Recommendation and the Code of Good Conduct being proposed by the European Commission, which should be adopted in the near future . A further aim was to encour- age implementation of these initiatives by presenting examples of good practice and suggesting means of evaluation. Some one hundred participants attended, including government representatives, national equal opportunities bodies , the social partners and women's organizations specializing in problems of sexual harass- ment. During one of the most enlightening sessions, chaired by the Dutch Secretary of State, Elske ter Veld, representatives of Member States had a chance to outline their plans for implementing the European Commission's proposed Recommendation and Code of Good Conduct. Sexual harassment was also discussed in detail at the last meeting of the Steering Committee for Equal Opportunities in Radio and Television, held on 14 October 1991 in Brussels. On this occasion, the Steering Committee invited Michael Rubenstein, the author of the 1987 study for the European Commission on «The Dignity of Women at Work - Report on the Problem of Sexual Harassment in the European Community», as well as Ligia Amacio from Portugal, who has carried out research into the nature and extent of sexual harassment in the European Com- munity. Contact: Evelyn Collins, Equal Opportuni- ties Unit WOMEN OF EUROPE NEWSLETTER Dear Readers, Nine million people work full-time

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