While #MeToo and #TimesUp shaped much of public discourse over the past year, another — perhaps lesser-known — hashtag looks to put an end to the quiet suffering of hotel industry employees.
With #HandsOffPantsOn, activists are trying to put an end to sexual violence, harassment and overall unsafe working conditions for hotel industry workers. In a recently published TEDxPhiladelphiaWomen talk from December, ROAR for Good founder Yasmine Mustafa — whose Center City company makes a wearable safety device called Athena —shines a light on the movement.
“Almost 60 percent of housekeepers have experienced sexual harassment,” Mustafa said. “Many of them are women of color and immigrants. They’re paid by the hour. English is their second language. At work, they’re cornered in the room by the male guests. They’re grabbed or touched, even solicited for sex acts. Guests open the door completely naked, expose themselves even masturbate in front of them.”
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