Ms Milquet is eager to see intimidation on the basis of gender become part of our criminal law.
Existing legislation makes incitement to discrimination, hate or violence vis-à-vis people of a different gender punishable in law. In future sexist acts too will become illegal.
The new bill speaks of "every gesture and utterance that is clearly intended to express contempt vis-à-vis one or more people of a different gender on the basis of their gender or that considers them to be inferior or reduces them to their sexual dimension and that constitutes a serious attack on their dignity".
The victims of sexual intimidation in public places will be able to file a civil complaint. Local authorities will have the opportunity of punishing sexism using anti-social behaviour fines.