Sexual harassment of women employees at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi County

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Ibis was a cross-sectional study on sexual harassment experienced by women employees .at Kenyatta National Hospital. The study sought to describe forms of sexual harassment, perceptions of harassment by women employees and the consequences of this harassment on them. The study was guided by the feminist theory on dominance and oppression and differing social locations for men and women. Data were collected through in .. depth interviews, key informant interviews and case narratives. Analysis was done through the thematic approach and content analysis, The study findings suggest that the research subjects see sexual harassment 3S'being manifested in the way their colleagues of the opposite sex touched their bodies uninvited, talked to them in sexually suggestive ways when unin-vited, pressured them to go for dates or demeaded sexual favours at the workplace. Incidences of sexually demeaning remarks, sexual teasing and uninvited jokes were found to be frequent within the work place. In addition, sexual' harassment was perceived by some employees as a means of winning the trast of'the supervisors leading to promotion. On consequences, there were mixed feelings of embarrassment, anxiety, resentfulness, loss ofinteN!lIf in work and nervousness, The study, therefore, concludes that sexual hafu,tmm.respectively affects women employees .at KNH and so needs to be stemmed and addressed in order to boost the productivity of the women employees.

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