Country Republic of Korea
Year 2017 - 2018
Type of Measure Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns
Form of Violence Sexual harassment

Brief Description

To eradicate sexual harassment and sexual violence in the workplace, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and other government ministries have set up and implemented following systematic measures:
- The government has introduced a new provision that requires employers to conduct an investigation if an employee complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace and to protect the victims. 
- The government has introduced a new provision that mandates the posting of materials for sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace and imposes penalties for failing to post them.
- The government has included investigation of sexual harassment claims in all labor inspection programs conducted by the Ministry and conducted labor inspections in 26,000 businesses and random inspections in businesses where sexual harassment occurred in 2018.
- The government has designated officials in charge of sexual harassment cases in 47 regional labor and employment offices and create an expert committee on sexual harassment and discrimination comprised of private experts in the field (August 2018) to enhance the remedies available to sexual harassment victims.
- The government is operating an anonymous report channel for sexual harassment within the workplace to encourage victims to report cases of sexual harassment.
- The government has developed and distributed a mobile application to raise public awareness about the concept of workplace sexual harassment and allow them to self-assess their own gender sensitivity (February 2018).
- The government has revised the manual for prevention and response to workplace sexual harassment (June 2018) and created news messages of sexual harassment prevention in a card format and distribute promotional video clips about remedies for sexual harassment (September 2018).


Source of Information

Republic of Korea (South)'s submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.49-50

For more information: A pan-governmental control tower to be in full operation to eradicate sexual harassment and sexual violence. (2018)