Green Party peer Baroness Jones has called for ban on males after dark to “make women safer” and “lessen discrimination”.
Men should be banned from being outdoors after 6pm to “make women a lot safer” after the abduction and suspected murder of Sarah Everard in London, Baroness Jones suggested.
Baroness Jones made the comment in a discussion in the House of Lords during a debate on domestic violence.
The concerns regarding women’s safety have again been thrust into the spotlight following the disappearance of Ms Everard as she walked home to Brixton from her friend’s home in Clapham, south-west London, on 3 March.
A vigil called “Reclaim These Streets” has been organised in a show of support that everyone should be able to walk in public without fear.
But amid demands for action, Baroness Jones, a 71-year-old mother of two daughters, went as far as to demand 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 6pm.
#UK politician demands a #totalitarian 6pm #curfew for ALL men because ONE woman (out of 3.4mil) vanished. Twitter is lit up with women hyperventilating about being next. Women are being taught to be afraid of men, and are demanding insane levels of protection.#CurfewForMen pic.twitter.com/HJjRyc38hI
— Men Are Human (@men_are_human) March 11, 2021
“I feel this would make women a lot safer, and discrimination of all kinds would be lessened.”
Her calls for a curfew echoed those made during the Reclaim The Night rallies in the 1970s, when members of the Women’s Liberation Movement took to the streets in the wake of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.
Baroness Jones added later on Twitter that her solution was “better than the Met telling women to stay indoors”, following reports of officers cautioning women to be careful.