Thangam Debbonaire: Give male refugees equality lessons

Thangam Debbonaire: Give male refugees equality lessons

Executive Grapevine
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Male refugees who are settling in Britain should have lessons on how to treat women, says Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West and Chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, she said there should be a "refugee integration strategy [so that men] understand what is expected of them."

She went on to say that the lessons would aid refugees in their efforts to settle into the UK communities that they reside in. The strategy would also consist of job preparation.

“What I don't want is for the British people to respond to a case of assault or sexual harassment by saying 'no' to more refugees, which seemed to be what the public's response to Germany was in danger of becoming," Debbonaire continued.

"We need to think about how we have those men understand what is expected of them without pretending we ourselves are perfect.

"It would need to be sensitively worked out and could be part of a nationwide campaign to help men and boys in general to look at gender equality in a different way.

"I'm not saying there's a little ticket you can give incoming men. But I do believe we need compulsory [Personal, Social, Health and Economic classes] in schools for all young people and an appropriate version for new arrivals.

"It shouldn't surprise us if those from cultures where gender inequality is an extreme struggle to […] understand [our] social norms and expectations.

"All men need this education, our indigenous population is not a haven of gender equality and you could have a situation where boys who have settled, just arrived, or been born here, would all get the same information on how they should interact with women."