More than one million French women targeted by sexist comments

Date: 
January, 2019
Country: 
France

More than one million French women, or one woman in 20, are targets of sexist comments in public, according to a new report on sexism.

The report highlights the kind of discrimination women go through on a daily basis, revealing that 1.2 million women experiencing sexist insults in 2017. 

The first investigation into sexism in France was carried out by the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (HCE) and the results were made public on Thursday.

The report focuses on sexists comments made in public, something which is now punishable with a €750 fine since France's new law on sexual violence was introduced in August 2018, but according to the council "currently enjoys a high social tolerance". 

In fact during 2017, there were just four convictions for sexist insults, something which has been put down to the fact that victims do not believe it is worth reporting to the police, with only 3 percent pursuing an official complaint.

Source: The Local