Tuesday 26 May 2020
Green Party NI Councillor Simon Lee has said that he is pleased his motion calling for misogyny to be recognised as a hate crime was supported by Lisburn and Castlereagh Borough Council earlier today.
Cllr Lee noted with disappointment the opposition of 14 DUP Councilors to the motion as well as some unhelpful comments across the course of the debate.
Cllr Simon Lee said: “The majority of Lisburn and Castlereagh Councillors backed the recognition of misogyny as a hate crime and I’m grateful to them for that.
“Today we have challenged back on hateful attitudes towards women. We’ve sent a message to police that we want them to intervene and take misogyny seriously, with a view to preventing more serious crime down the line.
“Misogyny remains rife across society and we can see the manifestation of that in a spike of domestic abuse incidents during the lockdown period.
“Unfortunately, DUP members of the Council choose to vote against the motion and some made unhelpful comments aimed at transgender people during the debate.
“Some comments from the DUP contingent were distasteful, unwelcome and unhelpful. Moreover, given that DUP Councillors supported an identical motion in Belfast City Council, even going so far as to second it, those who don’t wish to recognise misogyny as a hate crime are entirely out of step.
“Today our Council sent a clear message that misogyny is unacceptable. I’m pleased to say we affirmed that everyone deserves respect and to live in peace and dignity.”
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