Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has recently called for the introduction of 'women-only' carriages on railway journeys to tackle the significant problem of street harassment on public transport, and some people are backing up this proposed initiative.
I do not believe this is a proper solution at all, however, to this problem.
First of all, many trains on major commuter routes, especially going to London, are simply too overcrowded to make the implementation of women-only carriages possible. Secondly, although the majority of street harassment is perpetrated by men, not all of it is, and only a minority of men actually engage in street harassment anyway. Thirdly, gender segregation on transport does not tackle the root causes behind the incidence of street harassment in daily life.
We should instead look at why there is a significant amount of street harassment occurring in the first place, why some people think street harassment is acceptable when it is not, raising awareness of what street harassment is and how it impacts peoples' daily lives, the factors that encourage some people to do this, and the way we as a society respond to incidents that construe street harassment.