Visit from Professor Tippawan Liabsuetrakul at HELSAM
Last week Professor Tippawan Liabsuetrakul from the Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, visited the Centre for Global Health and the Department of Community and Global Health at University of Oslo, to explore possibilities of collaboration between the University of Oslo and Prince of Songkla University.
At a lunch seminar for staff and students, Professor Tippawan Liabsuetrakul gave a presentation on the prevalence of gender harassment in the workplace in Asia. She presented findings from Action Aid that indicated that women in Bangladesh (57%), Cambodia (77%), India (79%) and Cambodia (87%) had experienced some form of sexual harassment. She shared studies on harassment in the workplace, more so hospital settings where violence was perpetrated by the physicians and patients. In her presentation, she also shared videos from Vietnam on sexual harassment in factories and ways in which victims of violence can report harassment.
Within the presentations, participants from both the Global North and South shared experiences of sexual harassment and situations where sexual harassment was common within those settings. At the end of the presentation, it was agreed that there should be more research on risk factors, responses to violent situations and prevention strategies.
Professor Tippawan Liabsuetrakul is one of the close collaborating partners of the MY-NORTH project, led by Professor Espen Bjertness at Department of Community Medicine and Global Health. MY-NORTH was initiated in 2009 with funding from NORAD and focus on Health and Sustainable Development in Myanmar.