- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When it comes to sexist nations, Great Britain leads the world. That’s the finding of a human rights expert from South Africa who reported her assessment to the U.N. Human Rights Council.


Even though women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive, and even though women in Somalia are forced to undergo gender-related mutilation surgeries, Britain has the widest spread “boys’ club culture,” human rights expert Rashida Manjoo found, Breitbart reported.

From her report to the UNHRC: “I’m not sure what gives rise to a more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls in this country in particular. What is clear from these indications of portrayals of women and girls is that there is a boys’ club sexist culture and it does lead to perceptions about women and girls.”

Ms. Manjoo said her findings were based in large part on personal meetings with government heads, civil society groups and survivors of violence — as well as on the “easy availability of porn, the use of social media, including influencing young children around images.”

She also criticized the “harassment on the Tubes,” where camera-wielding London Underground riders snap photos of woman eating on the transport system and post them on Facebook, Breitbart reported.

Ms. Manjoo said, in The Telegraph: “The state has a responsibility to protect, to prevent, to punish, to provide effective remedies.”

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