The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a new law that penalizes catcalling, wolf-whistling, sexist and homophobic slurs, unwanted sexual advances and other forms of sexual harassment in public spaces, workplaces, schools, and online were signed on Monday.
Members of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Technical Drafting Committee (TDC) led the signing of the IRR of Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act or the “Bawal Bastos” law at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.
According to the RA 1131, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last April, actions or deeds considered as gender-based street and public spaces sexual harassment are committed through unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person, regardless of the motive.
These acts include catcalling, wolf-whistling, unwanted invitations, misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist slurs, persistent uninvited comments or gestures on a person’s appearance; relentless requests for personal details, statement of sexual comments and suggestions; public masturbation or flashing of private parts, groping, or any unwanted advances.
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