France’s Gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, says she ready to criminalize street harassment by making wolf-whistling in the country.
Times of London reports that Schiappa has organised a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment and decide what punishment to impose.
“The idea is to characterize street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public,” Schiappa said.
Schiappa is on a verge to close France’s gender pay gap, which the government says is 25 percentage points.
Women in France — and especially Paris — have long complained of harassment. A survey of 600 women in the capital in 2015 which was referenced in a report handed to the government found that “every female user of mass transit has been a victim” of gender harassment or sexual assault.