Sarah Everard mystery: Jameela Jamil says 'not all men' keen on women's safety, Internet says 'not all men harm'

Sarah Everard mystery: Jameela Jamil says 'not all men' keen on women's safety, Internet says 'not all men harm'
Sarah Everard, Jameela Jamil (Twitter/ Getty Images)

After Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens was arrested on March 9, 2021, on suspicion of kidnapping Sarah Everard, people from across the world are expressing their concern about the safety of women, especially fellow women who have endured assault and harassment. Jameela Jamil was one among them, who took to Twitter to point out that "#notallmen harm women. But do all men work to make sure their fellow men do not harm women?"

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Her tweet read further, "Do they interrupt troubling language and behavior in others? Do they have conversations about women’s safety/consent with their sons? Are #allmen interested in our safety?" In the following tweet she wrote, "You don’t get to exclude yourself from the wrong side unless you’re actively fighting on the right side." A significant number of Twitter users seconded her on this as they began to trend #notallmen. 

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Posters requesting information are seen near Clapham Common during an investigation into the disappearance of a woman, Sarah Everard  (Getty Images)

Even though the police haven't divulged the details of Everard's case, rumors are rife on social media that her remains were found in Couzens' garden. The police are yet to confirm the identity, but the recent developments have sent chills down the spine, making one question the safety of women. A source told The Sun, "The working hypothesis is that he saw Sarah on the street for the first time and kidnapped her. At this stage, it is thought the officer used his warrant card to entice Sarah towards his car. One theory is that he may have used the Covid lockdown as a pretext to engage with her and then snatched her."

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Everard's missing case has prompted women and men to speak up about harassment against women, leaving the internet divided as some continue to rally #notallmen should be blamed in such situations. But, Jamila's tweet encouraged many to lend their voice on the trending Twitter discussion, seconding her on not using "not all men" as an excuse when a woman is treated horrendously by a particular male. 

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One tweeted, "Instead of giving yourselves a pat on the back with #NotAllMen, just shut up, listen, and work towards changing men's attitudes towards women." Another added, "its #notallmen but compliancy and ignoring the men that are abusers still makes you a part of the problem. to be against the harassment of women you cant just do nothing you have to be actively fighting against it." One shared, "#notallmen know how to tie their shoes. BUT all men are definitely part of the problem of women not being able to feel safe in society. If men won’t take the time to listen to women’s concerns then it’s the “good Apple” men’s jobs to hold other men accountable for their actions." One said, "Exactly ‘Every woman’ doesn’t mean ‘no men’. ‘Not all men’ still glosses over the ‘too many men’ who create the problems. To my fellow men I’d say ‘just listen. Don’t make this about you.’ And then go beyond listening. Do something to make women’s lives better."

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Jameela Jamil (Getty Images)

A few men joined the discussion, too, as they expressed their opinion about the viral trend that's turning heads. One Twitter user wrote, "But it’s hard when told to ‘man up.’ ‘Get over it.’ ‘You’ll be fine.’ Or down right don’t listen. It’s an uphill battle. When speaking out isn’t rewarded with support." Another added to the above tweet, "I get what you're trying to say the potential danger always looms unfortunately. But what can we men realistically do? If a man I know is a messed up invididual he's never going to share this information with me because he knows he's messed up. Genuinely there's nothing we can do." One said, "Not all men harm women. But 78% of violent incidents were perpetrated by men (ONS Eng & Wales 2017). Men need not be sensitive about #notallmen and instead call it out, hold other men to account and better understand the experience for all women. @jacksontkatz nails it with this."

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