African Union admits sexual harassment ‘prevalent’

The African Union on Friday said an internal investigation had found sexual harassment to be “prevalent” within the organisation.

The admission comes after a committee was established in May to investigate anonymous allegations.

It found some female employees, especially those on internships, volunteer programmes or short-term contracts, were being sexually harassed by line managers.

“It is the finding of the committee that incidents of sexual harassment exist” within the AU, a statement said, adding that there was “almost unanimous confirmation of the prevalence of this occurrence by interviewees appearing before the committee”.

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