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Lisa-Marie Taylor, féministe anglaise, adresse une lettre au gouvernement se son pays

Lisa-Marie Taylor, une féministe anglaise, adresse une lettre au gouvernement se son pays à propos des violences dont les femmes sont victimes dans le monde en se référant notamment à une récente étude de l’OMS.

“I am writing with regards to the increasingly disturbing advertising that is being forced upon us in our streets. I refer in this instance to the latest Ann Summers window display, though next week it will be something else I am sure.

Here is a link to key facts from the WHO report on violence against women. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest strongly that you have a look. You will find that violence against us is endemic.

• Recent global prevalence figures indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

To achieve lasting change, WHO states that it is important to enact legislation and develop policies that:

• address discrimination against women;
• promote gender equality;
• support women; and
• help to move towards more peaceful cultural norms.

Also here is a link to the 2015 Girls’ Attitudes Survey where you will find such startling facts as these:
• In the past week 81 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 say they have experienced or seen some form of everyday sexism
• Girls and young women feel increasingly insecure about their place in the local community – with over half saying that they don't feel safe in parks on their own (51 per cent)
• Three quarters of girls aged 11 to 21 (75 per cent) say anxiety about experiencing sexual harassment negatively affects their lives in some way – from what they wear and where they go to how they feel about their bodies.
More than 5,500 sexual offences in UK schools were reported to the police in the last three years, including more than 600 rapes affecting girls as young as five.

I would like answers to the following questions:

1. Who is ultimately responsible for this within Government?
Please do not pass me on to the Advertising Standards Authority who are a self-interest group with no capacity or willingness to pre-check adverts; are slow to respond to complaints and have no means of punishing those who ignore the guidelines.

2. Legal advice obtained by campaigners (UK Feminista) reveals the following:
“…unwanted exposure to pornographic material, whether in the capacity of worker or customer, is capable of giving rise to a legal claim under the Equality Act. This is because workers and those who access goods and services (including by visiting a shop) are protected under the Equality Act in respect not only from sex discrimination but also from sexual harassment which consists of “unwanted conduct” which is either “related to sex” or which is “of a sexual nature”, which conduct…”has the purpose or effect of violating [the complainant’s] dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for [the complainant]”. The provision of the Act which applies in respect of customers is s29 which provides: “(3) A service-provider must not, in relation to the provision of the service, harass… (b) a person to whom the service-provider provides the service”.”
Would the general public be entitled to challenge this sort of imagery via legal routes?

3. Myself and other leaders of women’s rights organisations, representing tens of thousands of women would like to arrange a meeting with the responsible government official to understand what is going to be done about this, as a matter of urgency.

We will not sit by whilst the government does nothing to prevent this blatant sexual objectification of our women and girls, in effect endorsing a culture where men feel more enabled to harass, assault and rape us. We will not stop lobbying for effective change at the highest level. We paid, and continue to pay, a high price for the lack of intervention thus far, and we will not abandon the next generation to the same.


Lisa-Marie Taylor

WHO | Violence against women
WHO fact sheet on violence against women providing key facts and information on the scope of the problem, health consequences, prevention, WHO response.

 Lien : http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/

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