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French President Emmanuel Macron set to criminalise ‘verbal violence against women’

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French President Emmanuel Macron set to criminalise ‘verbal violence against women’

Abuse in the street is something many women have to face on a daily basis. But French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to make changes to French law and criminalise street harassment against women.

Speaking at the Elysee Palace, Mr Macron said France shouldn’t be “one of those countries where women live in fear” and went onto say thst he was creating new measures to punish “verbal violence towards women” in the street and that includes wolf whistling.

Speaking on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, he said “many women have said that the first sexists violence they meet is in the street.”

He went onto say “gender-based insults will be punishable by law.” Using wolf whistling as an example, he said “offenders will face a deterrent fine.”

Street harassment is a global issue women face daily, in many different countries. Mr Macron has said many times that he will fight for gender-equality and changing cultural views for women.

This is a small step for women in France and will hopefully be seen expanding across Europe and eventually the world.

Words: @amyjoannataylor

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