Sexual harassment in the film and television industry is prevalent. This is according to Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) who hosted a dialogue recently based on a survey they conducted.
The survey found that most respondents that participated revealed that they have experienced leering stares from male co-workers and were generally regarded as less knowledgeable and capable, as well as routinely being viewed as sexual objects before being viewed as colleagues and professionals.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Aliki Saragas from SWIFT about the report and said the results were shocking.
The most shocking statistic from the report is that almost 70% of women feel uncomfortable in the film and television industry. And this isn't just talking about gross human rights violations and criminal conduct such as rape and sexual abuse.— Aliki Saragas, SWIFT
She added that the real takeaway from the report was that it is the micro-aggressive behaviour that is underlying and normalised in the industry.
The catcalling, the name-calling, the lingering stares and the conduct that is not appropriate at work. The lingering hugs, touches and the fondling of breasts when putting on a mike.— Aliki Saragas, SWIFT
She said the organisation has released video series that speaks about what constitutes as sexual harassment in the film and television industry.
Listen below to the full interview: