Baguio City May Soon Fine or Jail Catcallers

Taking its lead from Quezon City, it may also soon be illegal to catcall in Baguio City.

According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the Baguio City government may soon penalize anyone who catcalls, ogles, or bothers women in Baguio City, with either fine of up to P5,000 or up to six months of jail time, through a proposed ordinance.

The ordinance, known as “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance of Baguio City”, would penalize forced comments, gestures, and actions on a person in a public space without their consent, that are directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation and identity. Some of these violations include unwanted comments, catcalling, leering, wolf-whistling, slurs, pestering for name and contact details, public masturbation, groping, stalking, and making other sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic acts.
The ordinance is up for a second reading, according to the report.
What are your thoughts on this? Should this be done in every city?





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