London, Apr. 16 ANI | 6 months ago

UN special rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo has denounced a 'boys' club sexist culture' in Britain.

The comments from Manjoo come after examining the issue and said that it leads to the 'over-sexualisation' of young women and the 'marketisation of their bodies' in the media.

According to the Metro, Manjoo added that she has not seen this level of sexist culture in other countries, adding that it has not been so in-your-face in other countries.

She added that what is clear that the way women and girls are portrayed there is a boys' club sexist culture.'

South African Manjoo, who is the UN's special rapporteur on violence against women, was in Britain to study domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, forced and early marriages and female genital mutilation, the report said.

She added that violence against women remains a pervasive challenge throughout the United Kingdom.

She also warned that government cuts were already damaging efforts to stamp out the problem.

Women's groups welcomed her remarks but former Conservative MP Louise Mensch dismissed them as 'second-rate', adding that women deserve better from the UN than this tosh.

Manjoo, who has also visited Azerbaijan, India, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and Jordan, will present her findings to the UN Human Rights Council in June, the report added.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)

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