ARE WOMEN-ONLY TRAIN CAR­RIAGES A GOOD IDEA?

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Filter -

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.

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