Green Party Peer Baroness Jones has called for all men to be banned from being outdoors after 6 PM, to keep women safe. She made the comment in a discussion in the House of Lords.
She was speaking in a debate about domestic violence. The abduction and suspected murder of Sarah Everard came up. 33-year-old Ms Everard disappeared as she walked home to Brixton from her friend’s home in Clapham, south-west London, on March 3.
A vigil called “Reclaim These Streets” has been organised to highlight women’s right to go out in public without fear. The police have declared the vigil to be illegal under current covid restrictions.
Baroness Jones, a 71-year-old mother of two daughters, wants a blanket curfew for men. Speaking last night she said;
“In the week that Sarah Everard was abducted and we suppose killed, because remains have been found in a woodland in Kent, I argue that at the next opportunity for any Bill that is appropriate, I might put in an amendment to create a curfew for men on the streets after 6 pm. I feel this would make women a lot safer, and discrimination of all kinds would be lessened.”
Writing in the Daily Mail today, Loose Women panellist Janet Street-Porter said;
I hate to be blunt but I, for one, would find my social life rather limited if men were banned from joining me for dinner.
One member of the House of Lords, Green Party Peer Jenny Jones, wants a 6pm curfew to keep men indoors.
This daft idea would do nothing to protect women (especially those with violent partners). And, bearing in mind the extremist views of some in the trans-lobby, what would stop men self-identifying as women and going out anyway?
But a cursory investigation into street crime does NOT indicate that women are more at risk.
Knife crime and gang warfare impact on young people, particularly teenage boys, although teenage girls are increasingly involved.
….the reality is that most men are NOT rapists or murderers or kidnappers and pretending that they are demeans both sexes and will only make women even more terrified.