Telling women to sit in female-only carriages excuses violence by men. It places the responsibility for avoiding violence on women. It fails to make men responsible for their actions. It casts violence against women on trains as a thing that happens on trains, and requires a train-specific response. It makes male violence small, and nothing to do with men. Williamson says we need this action now because of the urgency of the statistics: figures from the BBC last month showed that 1,448 sexual offences on UK trains were reported in 2016-2017, up from 650 in 2012-2013.
We have to challenge time and time again the idea that talent looks white and male. We have to laugh at and tear up the tired old trope that the best-paid people are simply "the best person for the job." To follow that argument to its natural end would be to conclude that women, people of colour, and disabled people all lack talent and white men are born with it. It simply cannot be the case the the BBC is paying its top men four times as much as its top women because the men are just better at the job.
Janet Baker is a campaigner for the Women's Equality Party (WEP). As part of HuffPost UK's series asking campaigners from the 'other' parties why you should vote for them, Janet gives three reasons why you should lend your vote to the WEP on 8 June.
Hari Prabu is a student and campaigner for the Liberal Democrats. As part of HuffPost UK's series asking campaigners from the 'other' parties why you should vote for them, Hari gives three reasons why you should lend your vote to the Lib Dems on 8 June.
Our new manifesto will set out our ambitions in full. It is packed full of policies that will lift women - and consequently men, children and older people too - by focusing on social infrastructure, and creating a caring economy that works for individuals, families and communities while also growing and sustaining the economy. Since the Women's Equality Party started, we've seen other parties pick up our ideas and policies. This was always part of our plan - we just wish they'd take more of them and in greater detail. To help them do so, we'll be sending out our manifesto to all the other parties with a note attached: "steal me".
The Women's Equality Party is out to joyfully shatter the old model, with the politics of women's liberation and a collaborative approach to creating fairer systems that work better for everyone. WE burst into life two years ago to build an alternative to parties whose manifestos left women's choices til last and viewed cross-party collaboration with the distrust of people at war.
We can do better. The solution is bigger and simpler than budgetary tweaks and reviews. We need more women in politics. We need policies that are rooted in the reality of our lives, presented by more of the women who are living those experiences, so that our voices are no longer drowned out. We need more than 24 hours to talk about what we need.
I'll be marching on Saturday because the first rule of making a change is to do something about it. I'll be marching to encourage all the people who have looked at the world lately and thought: "Someone should really do something about this" - to believe that on Saturday that person can be them.
There's a supposed curse that brings on days like the ones through which we are now living. It goes: "May you live in interesting times." Interesting times - the worst of things. Unpredictable, alarming, dangerous. A frightening change from knowing between dawn and dusk the rough template of our lives and the scope of our choices.
Voting a Women's Equality Party MSP into Holyrood this week would ensure that Scotland can make real progress towards being the most gender equal country in the world.