Posted by: the3rdi | March 7, 2012

Labours Commission into women’s safety

As you may be aware, Yvette Cooper MP asked Vera Baird QC to chair Labours Commission into women’s safety, supported by Shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP and Shadow Home Office Minister Stella Creasy MP, with the aim of auditing the effects of government spending decisions on women’s safety and services across the UK.

Over the past few months since the Commission was launched in November 2011, the Commission has spoken to over 100 women’s organisations, groups and specialists, and upwards of 160 women and men all over the UK.

The findings, summarised in the interim report (attached) is being launched today, on the eve of International Women’s Day 2012.

In response to these findings, the Commission will be campaigning on the central recommendations – to call for an urgent and comprehensive Government audit of women’s safety and services which tackle violence against women. It will be calling too for clearer standards and safeguards to protect women as the chaotic public service changes unfold at local level.

And the Commission will continue its work too – gathering more evidence, putting forward more ideas for the Government to consider, inputting into the Labour Party’s policy making process and promoting women’s safety across the country. We hope more even more people will become involved in the coming months. Because the goal must remain, every woman safe, everywhere.

The report is here to download, and if you have any further questions on the Commissions work please visit our website http://fresh-ideas.org.uk/safetyconsultation , or email the commission at personalsafetycommission@labour.org.uk

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