Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Reclaim The Night Promotes Hate Crime

22 November 2001

"The Reclaim the Night march is an exercise in denying violence by women. Denying or minimising female violence against men is spreading the message that it is acceptable for women to be violent if they can justify it to themselves, which is effectively promoting hate crime against men", FARE spokesperson Darryl Ward said today.

He was commenting on the Reclaim the Night march that is taking place in Wellington tomorrow (Friday). The march is open to women, children, trans-gender and inter-sex people, but closed to men. At last years' march large numbers of police were present to ensure men were excluded.

"The organisers of this march seek to reaffirm the myth that it is men who are solely responsible for violence, when in reality both men and women have similar culpability. Just as many males are victims of female violence as vice versa."

"Many male victims of female violence dare not call the Police. We know of numerous cases of men who have been assaulted by women who have called the Police, and yet the man has been arrested because of the assumption that he must be the guilty party. In one recent case, a battered man was arrested with the weapon that his female batterer had stabbed him with still stuck in his arm."

"Most battered men have no access to refuges. They come to FARE and other voluntary organisations with no state or corporate funding, because the Police and Courts will not listen".

"While it is true that some men are indeed violent and in need of help, the vast majority of men are not violent. Indeed men are just as likely as women to be victims of violence".

"The Reclaim the Night march has gone well beyond being valid affirmative action or gender equity, and has become an exercise in sexism in its own right".

"The Reclaim the Night march is a frightening repeat of similar marches in Germany in the 1930's, the only difference being that it was the Jews instead of men who were the scapegoats for society's evils back then", concluded Ward.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Coronavirus: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees, And A Possible Future For RNZ Concert

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban extending until next Monday at least, presumably dependent to some extent on what Morrison decides to do later this week.
Our universities are now asking for an exemption to the travel ban for their Chinese students, who would still, the universities assure us, be subjected to strict quarantine procedures upon arrival. Given how the inability of the university system to care for its own students on campus made world news last year, that promise may not do much to reduce the coronavirus fears among the wider New Zealand public. More>>


 

Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city. ... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:


Local Government NZ: New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More>>

ALSO:

“Can Do Better”: Sallies Election Year Report Card

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited improvements... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels