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National Antarctic Program responses to fieldwork sexual harassment

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Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924 2021 , 'National Antarctic Program responses to fieldwork sexual harassment' , Antarctic Science , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1017/S0954102021000432.

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Abstract

Sexual harassment is a common experience for women and those from other underrepresentedgroups in (white) male-dominated fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics(STEM). Women are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment during remote scientific fieldwork. Todate, most of the limited research on fieldwork harassment has focused on individual experiences.There is an urgent need for research on organizational approaches to fieldwork sexual harassment.This study fills this gap by examining sexual harassment prevention by National Antarctic Programs.It draws on a desktop analysis of 36 National Antarctic Program websites with a focus on the currentavailability and quality of sexual harassment policies and procedures in expeditioner handbooks/fieldmanuals. Findings show that very few National Antarctic Programs make their expeditionerhandbooks/field manuals publicly available (n = 9), and even fewer mention sexual harassment in thedocumentation or describe how to lodge a complaint (n = 3). This article concludes by offering somereasons as to why National Antarctic Programs may be neglecting this issue. It also provides practicalrecommendations for developing more substantive content in expeditioner handbooks/field manualsand for building inclusive fieldwork environments for a diverse range of expeditioners.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, M
Keywords: Antarctica, sexual harassment, Australia, field manual, gender harassment, organizational culture, organizational policy, remote fieldwork
Journal or Publication Title: Antarctic Science
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
ISSN: 0954-1020
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S0954102021000432
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Copyright 2021 The Author. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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