In a society that is strangled by lot of rules and regulations, it’s only matter of time before the laws are being challenged one after the other.
It is very common to find across the length and breath of the corporate world, women wearing high heels as part of their prescribed dressing for work. This mandatory rule has for years been a stumbling block for women who are not comfortable with it. A lot have had to endure this daily “gruelling” routine as described by many,just to keep their jobs.
However earlier this year, a Japanese freelance writer called Yumi Ishikawa started the the #KuToo movement to protest against the mandatory rule by employers for their female employees.
The online petition has gathered over 30,000 response from women across the globe since it’s advent. The rule has been likened to harassment and discrimination at the work place as against their male counterparts who wear what they are comfortable with at work.
#KuToo is similar to #MeToo and got it’s origin from Japanese word for shoes, kutsu, and pain, kutsuu. It is rapidly growing, fueled by international attention stemming from press around the world recently starting to cover the movement.
In contrast, Japan’s health, labor, and welfare minister responded to the petition by defending workplaces that require women to wear high heels, saying, “Wearing high heels is socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate.
The petition calls for the banning of all laws mandating women to wear high heels to work even though it has been declared by several health practitioners as being harmful to the body if continuously worn.
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