UN Special Rapporteur unimpressed with UK's sexist culture

A UN Special Rapporteur on a visit to the U.K. to investigate violence against women has been left unimpressed with the country's obvious and pervasive sexism.

UN Special Rapporteur unimpressed with UK's sexist culture

World Bulletin / News Desk

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjo has criticized the UK for having a sexist culture while on a 16-day visit to the country to investigate violence against women.

The UN Special Rapporteur said that the UK was worse than other countries when it came to sexism, she said, "I haven't seen that so pervasively in other countries. I'm sure it exists but it wasn't so much and so pervasive. I'm not sure what gives rise to a more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls in this country in particular."

Manjo said that she was denied access to a detention center that human rights groups have criticized, "I regret that, despite my repeated requests, a visit to Yarl's Wood immigration detention center was not facilitated by the Government, and that my access to the Centre was denied, when I tried to visit it independently...I was keen to speak to detainees in this facility to objectively seek information on violations being experienced."

A spokesperson from the Home Office responded saying, "Violence against women and girls in any form is unacceptable and the government has shown its commitment to ending it."

"A comprehensive programme was drawn up for the Special Rapporteur's visit, including meetings with the Home Secretary, the Minister for Crime Prevention, and the Chief Inspector of Prisons. Several other options, including a trip to a women's refuge, were turned down by the Special Rapporteur...A tour of Yarl's Wood immigration removal center was never agreed as part of this fact-finding mission.”

Manjo's findings will be presented in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2015.

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