Communities and partnership organisations across West Yorkshire are being encouraged to share their experience and knowledge to help improve safety for women and girls.
The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, has launched a call for evidence on the theme, in order to help to shape her forthcoming Police and Crime Plan.
Formal consultation on the plan is due to begin in early September, alongside a round-table event focused on safety for women and girls.
‘Work Better Together’
Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin says that she wants to capture a diverse range of perspectives of local communities and organisations across the region.
She said: “The safety of women and girls is of great concern to me and a key pledge at the very heart of my Mayoral manifesto.
“That is why I have arranged for a roundtable event on 7 September, to hear more about people’s experiences and understand how we can work better together.
“We know this is a complex subject and there is much to be done at a national level, but we also need a local conversation now to gather our combined knowledge.”
Mayor Brabin added that she is keen to hear from local voices on many key issues around safety, including stalking, domestic abuse, sexual offences, honour-based abuse, misogyny, modern slavery and safety in public spaces.
“I want to know how we can bring about the behavioural change, which will influence attitudes towards women and girls in wider society,” she added.
The roundtable event aims to give a voice to those in the community who have the knowledge and experience to help, and will help inform the Police and Crime Plan for the next three years.
West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe said: “Our conversation will be crucial in informing the Police and Crime Plan 2021-2024, which is a key document and will drive policing and partnership efforts to support women and girls over the next three years.
“The vision for our work is to come together with partners including the police, local authorities, health, education, third sector, our communities and those supporting and advocating for women and girls across all sectors.”
Evidence can be submitted via emailing Consultation.PC@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or calling 0113 348 1740 by 17 September.
Residents of West Yorkshire will also be able to attend the roundtable event will take place between 14:30-16:30 on 7 September. To register interest in attending use the email above by 1 September 2021.