Rex Thangam Debbonaire MP
Every male MP should join a new crusade cracking down on domestic violence , a woman MP says.
Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire urged men across the Commons to sign up for the White Ribbon campaign’s cross-party group in Parliament.
The worldwide movement helps “ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women”.
The fight has come under the spotlight amid worldwide revulsion at US presidential candidate Donald Trump ’s recorded remarks about “grabbing women by the p****”.
Campaigners said it showed his lack of respect for women and revealed how misogyny still infected powerful men.
The battle against domestic abuse will be boosted by the launch on Tuesday of an all-party parliamentary group in Westminster.
Stats show one in four women in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, while 8% will suffer domestic violence in any given year.
UK police receive a call about domestic violence every minute – yet only a third of incidents are reported to officers.
Donald Trump has been slammed over allegedly sexist comments
Ms Debbonaire told the Mirror she wanted to see “every man in the House of Commons become a member of the APPG and to pledge to do everything they could against women and girls”.
She added: “Violence against women and girls is both a consequence and a cause of gender inequality.
“That means we need to engage men if we are to end violence against women and girls.”
White Ribbon chief executive David Bartlett hailed the APPG launch as an important milestone in the battle against domestic abuse.
He said: “Our campaign is trying to change the way men think and the way men behave in their relationships with women.
“The underlying aim is to encourage non-abusive, respectful relationships that men have with women.”
As well as cracking down on violence waged against women by men, White Ribbon wants to strip out sexist and misogynistic remarks from conversations – and tackle “banter” which can belittle females.
“All men can contribute by being respectful and sensitive and non-violent in their own relationships, but also by not tolerating disrespect and abuse when they witness it and not colluding with ‘banter’,” said Mr Bartlett.
The all-party parliamentary group will be launched in Westminster this week
“If they hear a man describing what he wants to do or has done and it’s violent or disrespectful or controlling, then don’t just turn a blind eye but find a way or a language for challenging it.”
He was heartened by the reaction to unguarded remarks Mr Trump made 11 years but which only came to light last week.
The Apprentice star was recorded in 2005 when he was appearing as a guest on a soap.
He was taped saying “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star” and was heard saying “grab them by the pussy”.
The revelation triggered anger across the globe and fuelled calls for Mr Trump to scrap his tilt at the White House.
Mr Bartlett said: “Most of the people who called him out were women but slowly more and more men are starting to do so, saying, ‘No, we think this is outrageous too’.
“It’s still not as good as it could be. It needs to become a no-brainer, that this is something that men would be outraged by as well.
“But it has taken men a bit longer to build up a sense of going public on it.
“It has taken more thought or courage to do so.”