MP Oana Bîzgan initiated a legislative project to complete Law no. 202/2002 on equal opportunities and treatment between women and men in such a way that harassment, sexual harassment and psychological abuse are prohibited both in public and private places.
Harassment in public spaces affects a large number of girls and women in Romania. An alarm of the magnitude of this phenomenon has been given recently by the #metoo campaign, to which public and politicians have joined.
Eight out of ten Romanian women say they do not feel safe when they go to the street at night. Four out of ten do not feel safe during the day, either. Seven out of ten Romanian women do not expect any other person to interfere if they are harassed on the street. These things will change with the amendment of the legislation, says Oana Bîzgan.
Day by day, women in Romania are bullied and humiliated by harassment – in all its forms – including in schools and universities, at work, on the streets, in public transport and in public institutions. Harassment is violence, and violence no longer needs and can no longer be tolerated in a European country in 2017.
Currently, there is no provision in Romania to penalize harassment in public spaces, despite repeated demands from both civil society and European directives. Moreover, there is no other sanctioning framework for harassment, sexual harassment or psychological harassment than the Penal Code, where restrictive definitions only apply to work relations.