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A man who insulted a female police officer because of her gender has become the first person to be convicted of sexism in a public space in Belgium.
The man, who has not been named, was stopped in June for violating the highway code dating rebound told the officer that her job did not suit women. The law was introduced in after an outcry over a documentary showing the abuse women faced on the streets. It condemns any act or statement meant to "express contempt", that considers a person inferior due to their gender or reduces someone to a sexual dimension.
The court sentenced the man, who was reportedly not in court, over sexism, insults and threats. He can be jailed for a month if he fails to pay the fine in timeLe Soir newspaper reports in French.
But to personally blame a policewoman because of her sex is something particular. The conviction took place in November but only now has been reported by media.
Belgium's Institute for the Equality of Women and Men said it hoped that the case would help raise awareness of the law and encourage victims to report cases. The measure is part of a package of laws against sexual violence and harassment to be presented by the government in the coming weeks.
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