Brazilian female sports reporters launch ‘Let Her Work’ to end on-air groping

It’s disrespectful. It’s disgusting. It’s violence.

This is how three of the female sports reporters behind Brazil’s new #DeixaElaTrabalhar campaign (translated to #LetHerWork in English) describe sexual harassment in their workplace. What they are talking about is not in an office, however, but out in the field: When they interviewing athletes, oftentimes men will kiss, grope, or spit on them during a live broadcast.

According to the BBC, a total of 52 female sports journalists are a part of the campaign, with many describing how men go further than in-person harassment and continue to send abusive messages online, including rape threats.

Speaking to the BBC, journalist Bibiana Bolson said that while covering the Euro Cup, men in the frame attempted to kiss and touch her and other journalists. During a soccer match in Brazil, Bolson said a man at the game was furious that she, a woman, was covering the game. He began yelling at her, telling her that she can’t talk about sports because she’s a woman, and then he spat on her.

“I think this is a very special moment in Brazil. Something that could be similar to #MeToo. It’s not only about Brazil, it’s a very important problem globally,” Bolson said. “[Women] have to understand that they can work whenever they want.”

In a video created to elevate the campaign, journalists detail their sentiments regarding the degradation and danger of being sexually harassed, and share clips of athletes attempting to kiss a few of them while on-air.

On Twitter, supporters of the campaign are using #DeixaElaTrabalhar and #LetHerWork to promote the video and show solidarity to female sports journalists.

https://twitter.com/missmorenab/status/978332885932376064

Watch the campaign video below (for English captions, turn on closed captioning by clicking the “CC” icon, then go into settings under the gear icon, click “Subtitles/CC” and change the “aut0-translate” language to the language of your choice):

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Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.