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Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the UK Labour Party

It is unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport, and in other public places from the park to the supermarket. This could include taking longer routes to work, having self-imposed curfews or avoiding certain means of transport. My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone from the train platfo... See More
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Chris Williamson Labour MP

I'm not saying we should go down this road at all, I'm merely suggesting that we consult on it. [It is about being able to offer] that safe space for people if they wanted it
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Metro Newspaper UK British Newspaper

One in four of us think that having women-only carriages is a good idea, according to a YouGov poll of nearly 3,000 people. The poll also found that more women than men think the idea is sensible.
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Charlotte England Multimedia journalist. Gender, immigration, mh, activism etc. News @Independent, also Guardian

There is a pragmatic argument for women-only carriages as an interim measure, which is being largely buried by simplistic rhetoric and a disingenous framing of the original proposal. Arguing against the policy on ideological grounds ignores the experience of many women and young girls who are assaulted and become afraid of travelling alone on public transport. It ignores the fact that they feel fo... See More
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Jimena Soria Activist from the Mexican Gire Feminist Group

They should have them [women-only carriages] every day at every hour because assaults don’t have a schedule [in Mexico City]
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Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn German rail operator

Women-only carriages are used frequently in countries such as Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt and Indonesia in an attempt to prevent sexual assaults.
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Victoria Richards Freelance journalist

I used the women-only train carriages in Tokyo, for good reason – and I'd welcome them in the UK too. Instead of acting as though we live in a sexism-free utopia, perhaps we should implement this sensible strategy that will actually make women safer

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Laura Bates Documenting experiences of sexism,harassment and assault to show how bad the problem is &creat

[I would] never suggest segregation is the answer. It has to be about sending a clear message that this issue, which is already so normalised in our society, can be further normalised by the idea that women should simply go somewhere else
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stellacreasy British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament

Can we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go? [It] doesn't keep women safe to restrict their movements - it normalises attacks. We need to be clear they [the attackers] are problem, not women's seating plans.
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Jess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

[It is an] absolutely terrible idea. Also, men should be incredibly annoyed by [the] suggestion they can't control themselves.
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Andrew Adonis Labour's former Transport Secretary

Women would find grossly insulting the idea that they would be herded into separate carriages when the point at issue is a very tiny number of men who don't behave properly.
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EVAW Coalition Campaign group End Violence Against Women

And what happens when a woman doesn't opt to use a segregated carriage - is she somehow to blame if she is then attacked?
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Catherine Mayer Women's Equality Party founder

Women-only carriages are not a good idea
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Claire Cohen Journalist @Telegraph, speaker, broadcaster

Women-only carriages are an admission of defeat; they normalise sexual assault and tell the world that, rather than tackling sex offenders, the answer is to simply remove women from the equation - as if it is somehow our fault. Yes, Mexico, Thailand, Iran, India, Japan and Brazil might already offer female citizens the ‘choice’ to travel in segregated carriages, but these are hardly countries with... See More
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Oscar Wong Assistant planner at Transport for London, former researcher at Sheffield University

While providing designated zones for women [in Mexico-City], in order to ensure their security is an understandable solution to a very serious problem, it could be a threat which leads to the public transit system becoming further gender segregated
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