Bassetlaw District Council will be taking steps to help to change the culture that leads to violence against women and girls in the spirit of International Women’s Day (8 March 2022).
The Council believes that male violence against women and girls can never be condoned and as an authority and individuals we should do everything in our power to ensure that women and girls are safe and help to change the culture which leads to this kind of violence.
International Women’s Day seeks to encourage individuals and groups to forge a gender equal society, and this year “Break the Bias”, by challenging gender stereotypes and discrimination.
As part of this, a motion was agreed at Full Council on 3 March 2022, which requires that the Council:
- Encourages all male Councillors to take the White Ribbon pledge – to never to take part in, condone or stay silent about violence against women.
- Encourages all male councillors and all male Bassetlaw District Council staff to undertake Stand By Her Training, which changes the focus and narrative of women’s safety being a women’s issue, and helps men to become helpful allies to women.
- Achieves DAHA (Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance) accreditation, which helps Local Authority housing teams across the UK to help them improve their response to domestic abuse.
- Develops a women and girls safety charter.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, and proposer of the motion said: “Some forms of violence against women and girls are so commonplace that many women and girls don’t even think they are worth reporting. This is especially the case for things like being grabbed, touched, and threatened by strangers.
“We must address the attitudes and behaviour that can underpin crimes of violence against women and girls as part of our approach to tackling them. To do this, more needs to be done to raise awareness and understanding of them across the public and among professionals.”
She added: “The rise of women is not about the fall of men. Everyone can play a role in forging gender parity. This [motion] is about enabling our male and female colleagues to help women and girls be safe and to play a full role in society. ”
Violence against women and girls is an umbrella term used to cover a wide range of abuses against women and girls such as murder, domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, up-skirting, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, harassment in work and public life, spiking of drinks, and injecting women with date rape drugs. While men and boys also suffer from some of these forms of abuse, they disproportionately affect women.
Last Updated on Monday, April 11, 2022