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The organizational structures of the workplace reproduce gender hierarchies in everyday work. These gendered practices continue to dominate workspaces worldwide. Of lately high heels and women, empowerment has been a subject of discussion. In Japan, there has been stirred about the compulsion of wearing high heels at workplaces.

How did it start?

In January, a 32-year old model and actress, Yumi Ishikawa tweeted that employers should not be allowed to require a woman to wear the high heels at work. Against her expectations, her tweet was retweeted thousands of times. Apart from that comments about the same also pour in huge numbers.

To this, she decided to seize the momentum and launched #KuToo, which is a combination of two Japanese words shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu). She also launched a petition on asking a response from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. About 23,000 signatures were received on the petition.

However, the minister of labour defended the practice and said that there should be a compulsion of wearing high heels at the workplace.

The question, however, is when men and work in the same work environment why are that women have to face all the inequalities?

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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