Sexual harassment is defined  as any unwanted behavior of a sexual nature that makes the victim feel distressed, intimidated or humiliated. It takes many forms. It can be verbal or physical.
UK employment law is clear - “Sexual harassment  is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010”.
Despite this, sexual harassment is not an uncommon experience in the workplace. 1 in 3 women aged 18 to 34 have been  subject to sexual harassment at work. However, only 20% of women experiencing sexual harassment feel able to report it .
There is no doubt that women’s safety has always been an issue, however more recently it has been brought to the attention of the media. This is evidenced by recent reports of spiking via injections and the cases of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and various other attacks on women. This has led many women to feel unsafe walking alone, especially at night. Because of this, apps have come about to help combat this issue. In this article, I will be interviewing Erin-Jane Roodt who founded EPOWAR, an application revolutionising women’s safety.
The ‘pink tax' is a nickname given for an unofficial tax charge found on products that are meant for women even though they are very similar to male products or they might even be exactly the same. This is also known as gender-pricing or price discrimination, and it is a form of discrimination against women.
Following the departure of American troops on July 31st, 2021, the Taliban have taken near full control of Afghanistan and its people. The widespread fears surrounding the Taliban's resurgence and their treatment of the female population of the country have become a reality, with many actions not matching the group's stated intentions and promises No area of women's lives seems to be left untouched with new decisions dictating women's and girl's participation in school, university, work, politics, and sport.
Society has a ‘woman’ problem. That is, women are still being persecuted, harassed, raped, maimed, and murdered due to their gender.
Sarah Everard’s rape and murder on 3 March 2021 by PC Wayne Couzens struck a nerve for women everywhere. Since then, 81 other women in the UK have been killed in circumstances where the suspect is a man. And yet, the conversation amongst many remains that the patriarchy no longer exists, the #MeToo movement has gone too far, and it is certainly “not all men” who perpetrate violence and misogyny.
Fear is something that governs our daily lives, subconsciously dictating everything around it. While some of us share common fears, others differ completely from person to person. Margaret Atwood once asked a male friend, “Why do men feel threatened by women?” He responded with, “They are afraid women will laugh at them, undercut their view.” She then asked a group of female students, “Why do women feel threatened by men?” “They are afraid of being killed,” they said. Sexual assault, being attacked, raped or killed are all things that go through a woman’s mind when she’s walking down a street alone at night. This is our society. This is not okay.