Baroness Jones stands by call for 6pm curfew for men saying 'they just don't understand pressure women are under'March 12, 2021
A GREEN Party peer has stood by her call for men to face a 6pm curfew to make women feel safer.
Baroness Jones insisted men "don't understand the pressure women are under" after her comments in The House Of Lords sparked a massive debate.
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Speaking after the alleged kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, 33, she told a debate in the upper chamber that a ban on men being outdoors after 6pm would “make women a lot safer”.
The peer admitted her curfew suggestion wasn't "entirely serious, as I don't have the power to do that", but welcomed any "intense scrutiny".
A vigil for Sarah and women who feel unsafe and face violence is planned tomorrow in South London, but organisers mounted a legal challenge after police warned it would be unlawful.
Baroness Jones told Sky News: "Nobody makes a fuss when the police suggest women stay at home, but when I suggest it, men are up in arms.
"You should see my inbox. It's full of misogynistic and racist emails to me.
"Men just don't understand the pressure that women are under and if this has sparked intense scrutiny then I'm really happy."
She had told Wednesday's debate on domestic violence that a curfew could help cut down cases of discrimination too.
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 6pm.
"I feel this would make women a lot safer, and discrimination of all kinds would be lessened."
Her comments came after human remains were found in the case of Sarah, who went missing after leaving a friends' house in Clapham last week.
Cops haven't yet confirmed it is her, but a serving Met Police cop has been arrested over her kidnap and murder.
Speaking this morning after her call for a 6pm curfew for men faced a backlash, Baroness Jones said: "It's not an entirely serious suggestion as I don't have the power to do that.
"I was just trying to highlight that when police victim-blame by telling women to stay home, we don't react, we just think it's normal.
"When I suggest it about men, everyone's up in arms. What's the difference? The difference is that there's misogyny out there. We need to fix it."
A Government source has dismissed her curfew suggestion as "totally bonkers".
They said it would be a "massive curtailing of basic freedoms and rights" and would never work.
It's not an entirely serious suggestion as I don't have the power to do that
Caroline Nokes, Tory MP and Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee also said it was a mad suggestion.
She told The Sun: "You can't go around slapping curfews on one gender.
"Any solution to the real fear that women feel is going to have to be a lot more complex than that.
"Its a bonkers suggestion – but it has got us all talking about what practical steps men can take to make women feel safer."
Baroness Jones went on to back a cross-party bid to make misogyny and hatred against women a specific hate crime.
She said: "If anyone is being advised to stay at home it should be men, not women.
“This kind of murder is rare, but very scary. What is far more regular are the sexual assaults, threats, intimidation, cat calling and rude remarks that women face every day.
“If the police did their job this misogynistic culture wouldn't thrive the way it has. Men wouldn't assume that they could get away with it. The police have failed on rape and sexual assault for years. They have mostly failed on domestic abuse. There needs to be some serious action at the Met to turn this around and give women the protection they deserve.
“We need to make misogyny a hate crime, as that would get the root of many of these other crimes."
An amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – due to be debated in Parliament on Monday – would require all police forces in England and Wales to record where existing crimes have been motivated by hatred of someone’s sex or gender.
Sarah vanished last week as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham, South West London – and hasn't been seen since.
She left there around 9pm, phoned her boyfriend on the way, but is believed never to have arrived home.
PC Wayne Couzens, 48, was last night being held on suspicion of her abduction and murder.
The 48-year-old father-of-two is a Met Police armed diplomatic protection officer stationed in Westminster.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed human remains have been found in Ashford, Kent, but said they had not yet been identified.
It is 30 miles from the Deal home where Met Police gun cop was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of Sarah’s kidnap.
It's not believed the pair knew each other beforehand.
One line of inquiry is that he may have lured Sarah into his vehicle out of view of CCTV cameras.
His work saw him provide protection at major public events attended by senior members of the Royal Family.
It comes after thousands of women have taken to social media to share stories about how they too don't feel safe on Britain's streets.
A vigil is being held in Clapham, South London, at the weekend, for women to "take back control" of the streets, amid an outpouring of fear and emotion.
Organisers Reclaim These Streets have launched a High Court appeal after saying cops threatened them with prosecution under Covid rules.
The head of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick tried to reassure women last night it was still safe, but admitted people would be scared.
Shesaid: "I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets.
"But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared."
This morning Home Secretary Priti Patel vowed to do more to make sure that women feel safe walking home.
She said: "I am deeply saddened by the developments in the Sarah Everard investigation. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, her family and friends at this unbearable time.
"Many women have shared their stories and concerns online since Sarah’s disappearance last week. These are so powerful because each and every woman can relate. Every woman should feel safe to walk on our streets without fear of harassment or violence."
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