Overseas business trips: are women at risk?

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According to a new study, almost a quarter of woman have faced a difficult situation when travelling overseas for work and one CEO says companies could even be at risk of corporate manslaughter charges if something awful happens.

“Despite pushing more women into senior roles, we are not providing sufficient protection while they are away on business,” says Carolyn Pearson, founder and CEO of women’s business travel network Maiden Voyage.

The survey, also conducted by Maiden Voyage, found that 24 per cent of businesswomen had faced a “difficult” situation while travelling for work. Among the reported situations were stalking, theft, sexual harassment, sexual assault, hotel room intruders and kidnap.

In 2013, Norwegian interior designer Marte Dalelv was arrested after being raped on a business trip to Dubai. The 24-year-old tried to report the attack to police but was charged with having unlawful sex, making a false statement, and consuming alcohol – she was eventually sentenced to 16 months in a UAE jail.

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