UN Women condemns harassment of Russian women during World Cup

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-23 10:53:21|Editor: ZD
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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian office of UN Women released videos on Friday condemning the sexual harassment of Brazilian tourists against Russian women in the FIFA World Cup.

The videos were shared by Brazilian men on their social networks. In one of them, Brazilian men harass a Russian journalist trying to work. In another, they approach a Russian woman and convince her to repeat some words in Portuguese. Not knowing what she is saying, the woman repeats several expressions with strong sexual and racist connotations.

The videos caused uproar and raised much criticism in Brazil and abroad. The men were since identified, but so far no official measures were taken against them.

"It is unacceptable the deliberate intention of some Brazilian fans to sexually harass women during the World Cup, using embarrassment, deception, and thus violating the human rights of women," said the agency.

"With low slang words, they reduced women to sexual objects in the demonstration of how misogyny, which even underlies the culture of rape, takes different forms and has no borders, occurring in an event that aims to promote the integration of peoples and feelings of union for sport.

"To Russian women and women of all nationalities, UN Women Brazil expresses its solidarity," the agency added.