Campaigners call for an end to networking in strip clubs

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Melbourne, Mar 31 : A women's rights organisation in the UK has slammed businesses that entertain clients in strip clubs.

The Fawcett Society launched its new manifesto 'Sexism and the City' to put an end on sexism in the work place and amend the law.

The society wants strip clubs to be licensed as Sex Encounter Establishments, like sex shops, rather than requiring a Premises Licence like ordinary pubs and clubs that would help the local authorities to apply greater restrictions to the clubs, with regards to protection of women.

The survey conducted over more than 500 women revealed that 60 per cent of the respondents were very or fairly uncomfortable working for an organisation that allows its employees to use lap-dancing venues for entertaining clients

"Behind the conspicuous wealth of the City lies a hidden story of disadvantage and discrimination affecting women at every level of business - from the bathroom to the boardroom," the Daily Telegraph quoted Fawcett Director Dr Katherine Rake as saying.

"For the first time Fawcett is exposing the links between these experiences. That link is sexism.

"Women have the right to dignity and respect in their workplaces and in their daily lives.

"It is time for women and men to stand up against the sexist culture of objectifying women that has gripped our society.

"The Sexism and the City campaign is calling upon Government, businesses and individual employees to take urgent action.

"Everyone pays the price for sexism, so everyone has a role to play in stamping it out," she added.

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