The safety of women and girls remains at the heart of the agenda for the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin as plans continue to gather pace.
The Mayor and her Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE, yesterday (THUR) reaffirmed their commitment and hosted an event to co-design the West Yorkshire Safety of Women and Girls Strategy.
Around 75 attendees from across West Yorkshire, including Community Safety and Third Sector partners, came together to shape how the strategy will set out the priorities and principles to tackle these issues locally, regionally, and beyond.
Tracy said: “My Police and Crime Plan was launched in March with an overall vision of a safe, just, and inclusive West Yorkshire. As I pledged, the safety of women and girls sits at the heart of it.
“We have been very proactive here in West Yorkshire in tackling these issues, bringing in significant levels of extra funding, launching new campaigns and initiatives. What we discussed today was an all-encompassing strategy which brings everything together enabling us to really make a lasting difference.
“It was uplifting and inspiring to hear from partners about how we can collectively contribute to a safer, more just society, where all women and girls feel safe. To hear all the different ideas and thoughts about how we can achieve this together is exciting. We can only do this in partnership.
“Co-designing this strategy deepens engagement with partners and communities. Allowing everyone to have their say on the key themes and priorities we need to tackle together, reflecting exactly what action is required.
“The strategy will be ready in September and will have a strong focus on education, commissioned support and interventions and help for the most vulnerable.”
Alison added: “This event was a fantastic opportunity to engage more on the Mayor’s pledge to keep women and girls safe, and to demonstrate our commitment to creating this strategy in partnership, making it work for everyone.
“This is the first of two events exploring what we can do together with the police, partner agencies, victims, and survivors, and our wider communities to ensure our co-designed strategy truly delivers.
“The time is now, and we all want to see change.”