BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty left ‘fuming’ by intimidating men approaching her
BBC Breakfast favourite Naga Munchetty has opened up about scary incidents where she's been accosted by 'intimidating' men.
The 47-year-old newscaster has added her voice to the women's safety campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, sharing her personal stories where she's been left frightened by unwarranted and aggressive approaches in the street.
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The cause aims to highlight how often women are catcalled or made to feel unsafe when minding their own business.
"I have had it where I’ve walked along the street and a guy has said, “Hi, you’re looking great” and I just look at them and think inside, I’m fuming. I haven’t invited that. You’re intimidating me," she told .
"Then you respond and you say, 'Thanks', and you carry on walking or you look down and walk on and then they turn around and go, 'Hey, I’m talking to you. What’s your name?'
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"I don’t want to give you my name. Then you say, 'I’m really busy, nice to meet you' and you move on. But then you’re like 'Oh what, you’re too good to talk to me?'"
"It’s one very specific example," she added. "But you know this scenario happens and it does happen."
The journalist added that she'd taken to walking home "with her keys in her hand" as a potential weapon if attacked.
"I'm quite small-framed," the 5ft 4in star told BBC Radio 5 Live. "If I’m walking alone I do look around every 30 seconds, and I constantly survey what’s going on in front, to the side, and behind me."
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The 16 Days of Activism campaign, an annual event run by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership since 1991, has a different running theme every year.
The initiative is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
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