Monday, 29 November 2021

Ivanka Trump: Sexual harassment should never be tolerated

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TOKYO: Sexual harassment of women should “never be tolerated”, Ivanka Trump told an audience in Tokyo on Friday, calling for women to be treated with greater respect at work.

The speech came as global headlines are dominated by sexual harassment claims against prominent men in entertainment and politics.

The new round of claims has revived memories of her father Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women, which emerged during the US presidential campaign.

Speaking at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, the US president’s daughter said: “All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect.”

“This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated,” she added.

The issue of sexual harassment has been in the spotlight since bombshell claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with allegations emerging against a host of others in the entertainment industry.

In Britain, Westminster has been engulfed by sex harassment claims this week, with Sir Michael Fallon being forced to quit as defence secretary after a Cabinet colleague accused him of making lewd remarks.

And the Labour Party suspended a senior MP after an activist claimed that he sexually harassed her.

The US president has also faced allegations of sexual harassment.  The videotape of Mr Trump, which emerged last October, showed Mr Trump boasting about being able to get away with inappropriate behaviour.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said. “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” Mr Trump added.

He said the comments were “locker-room banter”. Several women subsequently accused him of sexual misconduct, which he denounced as lies.

Ivanka Trump said women should not be defined by whether they work inside or outside the home.

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