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Sportswear maker accused of sexism






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An Indonesian sportswear maker has apologised for a label on its shirts that people thought was sexist. The label was on the shirts of one of the country's top football clubs. It read: "Washing instructions: Give this shirt to a woman. It's her job." The company issued its apology on March 9th, which was unfortunate timing as that just happened to be International Women's Day, an occasion to honour and celebrate women's achievements around the world. The company received a lot of complaints on social media from people who thought the label's wording was highly inappropriate.

The company quickly offered an apology. It said it did not mean to belittle women. A spokesperson tweeted: "The message is simply, instead of washing it in the wrong way, you might as well give it to a lady because they are more capable." It added: "There is no intention to humiliate women. In contrast, we want to tell the men to learn from women on how to take care of clothes." Many people felt the apology was also sexist. On a more positive note, The Asian Football Confederation launched its Women's Football Day on Sunday, designed to promote the women's game in Asia.

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