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Scottish women taking on the sexist curse of street harassment by Judith Duffy

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Judith Duffy
Scottish women taking on the sexist curse of street harassment
Sunday Herald

IT IS often dismissed as wolf-whistling, cat-calling or so-called "banter" - but now there are growing efforts to tackle the problem of women being sexually harassed in the street in Scotland.

A group has been set up in Glasgow as part of the worldwide Hollaback movement, which encourages women to share their experiences online of unwelcome jokes, jeers and obscenities.

Hollaback, which is also established in Edinburgh, campaigns against sexual harassment by encouraging venues like pubs and clubs to pledge to have a zero-tolerance policy against harassment.

As part of the groundswell against harassment, a new poster campaign has also been launched by a charity which supports Muslim women, after a snapshot poll found 94 per cent of respondents had experienced some form of sexual harassment - most commonly in the street.

The issue is back in the spotlight following the case of Poppy Smart, a 23-year-old from Worcester who, it emerged last week, went to the police after being plagued by wolf-whistling and sexist comments from builders she passed every day. ...


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