Campaigning Harlow councillor welcomes news that misogyny set to be recorded as hate crime

General / Wed 17th Mar 2021 at 08:01pm

A SENIOR Harlow councillor who has welcomed the news that misogyny is set to be recorded as a ‘hate crime”

Misogyny ( the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls) is set to be recorded by police as a “hate crime” after the government bowed to pressure in the House of Lords to toughen the law on protecting women.

In a bid to avoid a government defeat, Home office minister Baroness Williams announced that all police forces in England and Wales would be asked from this autumn to record crimes motivated by “hatred of sex or gender”.

Campaigners hope the move is a key step towards wider change that would give judges the power to impose tougher sentences for incidents of abuse and harassment, including street harassment.

Harlow Common councillor Emma Toal, has campaigned tirelessly for this to happen.

As previously reported, cllr Toal has faced hateful abuse and intimidation over the past few years.

Cllr Toal said: It’s great news that at long last misogyny will be recorded as a hate crime. The events of the last week have highlighted more than ever the needs to tackle the harassment of women and girls. 

“Today we can celebrate the success of the campaign for the change in the law but tomorrow we focus on what more we can do.

“We need to tackle the issue of domestic abuse head on and we must make the streets of Harlow safe for all women and girls”.



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