A petition against dress codes and expectations that women wear high heels at work has gone viral in Japan, with thousands joining the #KuToo movement.
Over 20,000 women have signed an online petition demanding the government ban companies from requiring female employees to wear high heels on the job.
The #KuToo campaign - a play on the word for shoes, or “kutsu” in Japanese, and “kutsuu” or pain - was started by actress and freelance writer who submitted the petition to the health ministry on Monday.
She launched the campaign after tweeting about being forced to wear high heels for a part-time job at a funeral parlor — and drew an overwhelming response from women.
The petition seeks to end gender discrimination and “make it easier for everyone to work, creating a working environment free from unnecessary burdens.”
Jack and Carolyn talked about it on the air. Listen below.