Mayor launches call for evidence to improve safety for women and girls across West Yorkshire

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 today (12/08) launched a call for evidence on the theme, which will 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.

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin says that she wants to capture a diverse range of perspectives:

“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 7th 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.

“I am really keen to hear from local voices on key issues such as 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.”

West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe added:

“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 3 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.”

To submit evidence, email Consultation.PC@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or call 0113 348 1740 by 17th September.

The roundtable event will take place between 14:30-16:30 on Tuesday 7th September. To register your interest in attending email Consultation.PC@westyorks-ca.gov.uk by 1st September 2021.

Formal consultation on the new Police and Crime Plan also opens on 1st September, to find out more about how you can share your views about any other policing, crime and community safety issue please visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/police-and-crime-plan-consultation.