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Women want a say, and men must listen

Ita O'Kelly


If equality is a serious goal, we have to demand change and men must be part of the solution, writes Ita O'Kelly

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A system where men are the gatekeepers of the world of work is the very essence of a woman's problem in the 2020 marketplace.

Last week the focus was on male privilege and emotional abuse in the grubby bars and on the greasy carpets of the comedy circuit. It has been alleged under the Twitter hashtags #BelieveSurvivors and #IBelieveHer that a culture of abusive, exploitative and predatory behaviour towards women pervades this macho world.

The end result is that women are being shut out and deprived of the oxygen that is performance time. It amounts to an abuse of power.