A BRITISH Green Party peer has called for a ban on all men being outdoors after 6pm in order to "make women a lot safer".
The astonishing suggestion comes in the wake of the abduction and suspected murder of Sarah Everard, who disappeared as she walked home from her friend's house in south London on March 3.
During a debate in the House of Lords on Thursday, Baroness Jenny Jones demanded a blanket curfew for all men across the UK, saying that not only would women be a lot safer as a result, but that "discrimination of all kinds would be lessened".
"In the week that Sarah Everard was abducted and, we suppose, killed - because remains have been found in 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," said Baroness Jones.
"I feel this would make women a lot safer, and discrimination of all kinds would be lessened."
Taking to Twitter following her speech, Baroness Jones added that her solution was "better than the Met telling women to stay indoors," following reports of officers in London cautioning women to be careful.
Her calls for a curfew echoed those made during the Reclaim The Night rallies during the 70s in the UK, when members of the Women's Liberation Movement took to the streets in the wake of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.
Women across the country took to social media in their thousands, telling stories of how vulnerable they feel when walking alone in the dark.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that "there will be few - if any - women who don't completely understand and identify with this."
But while almost everyone was in agreement that something had to do be done, Baroness Jones' suggestion was widely slammed for being 'sexist' and a complete misdiagnosis of the problem, with many insisting that it isn't simply about 'men vs women,' but about 'right vs wrong,' and that it will take the efforts of both genders working in tandem to find the best solution.
Diabolical sexism. Imagine the outcry if anything similar was suggested of women! Those who truly want gender equality should call out this nonsense, whether it’s an intentional attention-grabber or not. Don’t let poison like this become mainstream.
— Harry Brent (@HarryBrent) March 11, 2021