ARE WOMEN-ONLY TRAIN CARRIAGES A GOOD IDEA?
When Labour MP Chris Williamson suggested keeping women separated from men in train carriages as a way to reduce sexual offences and to create safe spaces, the public took to mocking him. Williamson faced backlash for proposing such an idea – members of the Labour party dismissed the idea and, in one instance, an anonymous sign was posted up on the Labour MP’s office door: “Woman? Sexually harassed at work? How about working on your own floor? Sign up to this and other silly notions by emailing [Chris Williamson].” Not a new concept, women-only train carriages exist in numerous parts of the world including Japan, India, Egypt, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Philippines, U.A.E., and of course, Malaysia.