I recently read an article in the Independent where you had suggested male refugees who come to the UK should undergo lessons to challenge female inequality. Though I understand your heart may be in the right place trying to prevent public opinion shifting against the acceptance of refugees into the UK as a similar incident to the German New year celebration could have done. This idea of yours in my opinion has undertones of prejudice against an already marginalised group of people.
This premonition that educating refugees would somehow solve the problem of sexual harassment many women face on a daily basis is ridiculous at best. For if that was the case, these incidents would not occur amongst the indigenous population. Your idea adds more of the anti-immigration rhetoric heard from the leave campaign in the recent referendum and the crimes perpetrated amongst thousands since the result.
My next concern is why only refugees are being targeted for misogynistic attitudes. Surely you are not suggesting a refugee from a certain country is more or less likely to commit a crime than an immigrant from the same country who came to the United Kingdom. So why do you not suggest all people from countries that have attitudes and cultural practices that may not be acceptable or are illegal within the UK are pulled aside and educated.
The fact the moment you say refugees, we picture a brown person, is why I believe this idea is steeped in racism from the very get go. There are various cultural practices from even developed nations that would not be acceptable under UK law but I have not heard you ask for them to be educated. Take misogyny for example. it is still rife in the United States of America where just 20 years ago a leading supermarket chain had to pull a t-shirt that claimed one day they would have a female president as many complained it was offensive. The USA has come a long way in 20 years where hopefully in November we will see the first Female leader of the Free World elected into office but those attitudes have far from disappeared. Will you demand all American citizens be given a crash course on why we can have female leaders as we have shown the world twice now.
Let's take another predominantly white and developed country such as Norway where it is perfectly acceptable to change in public but would constitute a public order offence in the UK but we do not demand they be educated not to do so here.
There are various Cultural differences to what is acceptable in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world but your solution of targeting a single demographic when they have been vilified so much in recent months is disappointing. Rather than this idea wouldn't it be better to offer all immigrants, refugees or otherwise who are moving to the UK education on the cultural norms and what is acceptable within our borders. We must promote integration of all cultures as for me personally this great nation was built on a bedrock of multiculturalism. Everyone must feel free to express themselves how they see fit as long as it does not infringe on the rights of another individual.
With all that being said we must not stop challenging misogyny, racism and other barbaric practices wherever we find them, and surely we can do better than targeting a single demographic.