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Bright light does not necessarily make a space feel safer, as seen here where there’s a sharp drop-off into dark shadows at the edge of the path. grafxart/Shutterstock

More lighting alone does not create safer cities. Look at what research with young women tells us

Bright lighting alone does not make a space feel safe. It can blind and disorientate and create dark shadows at the edges. Tellingly, 'unsafe' places had much higher illuminance than 'safe' places.
The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies. https://pixabay.com/photos/adult-body-bra-woman-lingerie-1869735/

How highly sexualised imagery is shaping ‘influence’ on Instagram - and harassment is rife

A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
In handing Geoffrey Rush a victory in his defamation case against The Daily Telegraph, the judge said the actor’s reputation was harmed by a “recklessly irresponsible piece of sensational journalism.” Dylan Coker/AAP

Geoffrey Rush’s victory in his defamation case could have a chilling effect on the #MeToo movement

The judgement is a personal and legal vindication for the actor, but it may have unintended side effects for the #MeToo movement and the reporting of sexual harassment allegations.
Thousands of women march on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Mexico City, March 8, 2019. EPA-EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez

#MeToo in Mexico: women finding their voice as campaign gathers force

The backlash against sexual harassment and assault of women in Mexico was slow to get started, but thanks to a Twitter campaign, women in all professions are now beginning to speak out.
Smartphones have put the tools for bullying and voyeurism in the pockets of schoolchildren. Baruska/Pixabay

France’s ‘everyday sexism’ starts at school

France's #MeToo backlash has revealed just how deeply rooted sexism is in the country. Disguised as flirtation or child's play, sexual harassment begins as early as elementary school.
Nearly half of female tertiary students surveyed in Melbourne say they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ feel safe on public transport after dark. KN/Shutterstock

Students don’t feel safe on public transport but many have no choice but to use it

As they return to classes, a survey finds nearly half of female tertiary students in Melbourne don't feel safe using public transport at night. And 79% have been sexually harassed or victimised.

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