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Amnesty issues warning over women

Despite major efforts to combat sexism, women still risk being treated as second-class citizens, Amnesty International has warned.

Almost half of women in Northern Ireland do not believe they are treated equally to men, according to a new survey.

Amnesty said sexist views about the role of men and women in society remain prevalent and the human rights group warned that such opinions can lead to women being abused or denied their rights.

The findings of the new poll, conducted across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, found 60% of young women surveyed have experienced sexist behaviour in their daily lives.

The discrimination included sexist comments, being touched inappropriately or being discriminated against because of gender.

Amnesty International Northern Ireland campaigner Grainne Teggart said: "These results show that, despite the enormous progress made in the last century, significant inequality still exists between men and women.

"Unless attempts are made to change such attitudes in every section of society, some women will always be treated as second-class citizens.

"Amnesty International finds from its work that these views can lead to women experiencing abusive behaviour and a denial of their right to lead lives free from fear."

The survey revealed that women in Northern Ireland experienced sexist remarks and behaviour in a variety of places with the most likely being at work, in a pub, bar or club, or when driving.

Many of the findings revealed that a majority of UK adults - both men and women - aspire to greater equality. However, despite the current division of labour in the workplace and at home, on the whole, women are seen as homemakers and men as the breadwinners.

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