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UN denounces UK's 'boys' club sexist culture'

Sexism in the UK is more pervasive and "in your face" than other countries, a United Nations (UN) investigator has claimed.

UN special rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo said there is a "boys' club sexist culture" in Britain that influences perceptions of women and girls.

UN special rapporteur on violence Rashida Manjoo Credit: UN/PA

Following a 16-day visit to Britain, Ms Manjoo also warned Government cutbacks have hit violence-against-women services and confirmed reports she was blocked from entering controversial immigration detention centre for women, Yarl's Wood.

In an initial report on violence against women, the South African human rights expert said legal and policy responses focused on harmful practices, such as early and forced marriages but ignored the harms coming from a "a sexist culture that exists in the country".