Red Shoes in Parliament After Sexist Attacks on Speaker

By , 18 May 2022, 17:11 PM Politics
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STA, 18 May 2022 - Red pumps, red sandals and red trainers could be seen a lot in parliament today as female members of the future coalition parties decided to express solidarity with Speaker Urška Klakočar Zupančič, who became the target on insults on social media over her outfit at Friday's maiden session of parliament. 

Klakočar Zupančič wore a black mid-size dress, a black jacket and red pumps at Friday's parliamentary session at which she was elected speaker.

But her choice of shoes triggered insulting, sexist and vulgar comments on social media, web portal N1 reported.

As a result, a kind of red shoe movement emerged among female users of social media, urging women to support Klakočar Zupančič by wearing red shoes.

MPs of the future coalition parties, especially the Freedom Movement, responded by appearing in all types of red footwear in parliament today.

"I'm glad that women have recognised red shoes as a symbol of resistance to extreme chauvinism," Klakočar Zupančič was quoted as saying by N1.

"It's time for women to stop being judged by their looks and outfit," said Deputy Speaker Meira Hot. "It's inadmissible in 2022 that a parliamentary speaker is a target of such insults," she added.

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