The Women’s Equality Party urgently needs your help in the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner by-election.
by Women's Equality Party in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
"So women, first of all, need to be streetwise" - Philip Allott, disgraced former Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for North Yorkshire in response to women’s very real fears for their safety.
Faced with women’s very real fears of violence, politicians have offered nothing but victim blaming, empty words and piecemeal measures. When the press coverage ends, it’s back to business as usual; their interest in tackling this fades, and ending violence only lasts as long as the news cycle.
We cannot allow that to happen. Which is why WE will be contesting the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner by-election this November but we need your help to make it happen.
PFCC’s have the power to reshape policing in their areas, they have a huge discretionary budget for crime prevention and victim support. This by-election is an opportunity for us to lead the way and set a template for how political leaders should be tackling violence against women and girls.
"I am thrilled to be selected as the Women’s Equality Party candidate for the North Yorkshire PFCC by-election in my adopted home of Yorkshire. If elected as PFCC I will put ending violence against women and girls at the top of the policing and political agenda. Women and girls in North Yorkshire deserve to live their lives free from the fear and the threat of violence, and that is why I am contesting this election. We were let down by Philip Allott as our PFCC who proved he didn’t understand the importance of ending violence against women and girls with his disgraceful, victim blaming comments. But our community did not accept that and now it’s time to finish the job.
Politicians line up to say the right things when violence against women and girls hits the headlines, but fail to follow through as soon as the press cycle moves on. Domestic abuse accounts for 14% of all crime in North Yorkshire, an average of nine women are sexually assaulted and seven are raped every week and reports of harassment and stalking shot up by 83% from 2018 to 2019. Enough is enough. I will not allow politicians to sit idly by while women lose their lives and freedom in the face of violence."
Political failures led us to this point. Political choices can and must lead us out of it.
• Make ending all forms of violence against women and girls a policing priority
• Appoint a Deputy responsible for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)
• Independent inquiry into misogyny and sexism in the North Yorkshire police force
• Quarterly scrutiny panels reviewing cases, and the reasons they are dropped/unsuccessful
• Ringfence a percentage of discretionary funding for EVAWG organisations
• Specialist support for everyone reporting abuse or sexual violence
• Trauma informed and victim-led approach to investigations
Women in North Yorkshire deserve to live free from the fear of violence, for ourselves and for our loved ones.
On the 25th of November North Yorkshire has the power to build a better future for women in North Yorkshire, and send a message to politicians everywhere.
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