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To curb harassment, bridge the gender gap

  • Published at 05:51 pm July 17th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:35 pm July 17th, 2017
To curb harassment,  bridge the gender gap

An ActionAid study has re-confirmed what most of us already know: Women face a tremendous amount of harassment in public places.

With men running the show in most places, the playing field is anything but level.

What we need are more gender-sensitive, women-friendly options -- places where women can go, whether it is to lodge a complaint or to seek medical care, without the fear of encountering abusive behaviour from men.

There should, then, be more women in positions of authority everywhere -- female police officers, hospital staff, public transportation staff. Police stations could have separate rooms run by female officers to ensure the safety of women seeking police help.    

Equal numbers in the workplace will go a long way in reducing the terrible harassment women have to deal with on a daily basis.