Today, Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West told the Women and Equalities Minister that more must be done to combat behaviours of harassment and violence against women and girls. Sharon told the Minister that “too many […] don’t have the confidence or resources to confront sexist behaviour when they see it”, and asked what the government would do to encourage positive action, pointing to the uptake of the active bystander training recently commissioned by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness.
Training in the North East
The PCC’s programme has been designed to empower bystanders and seeks to equip people with the skills and confidence needed to speak up when they notice behaviours that aren’t right such as harassment, sexual harassment, or problematic and threatening behaviour.
“This excellent new initiative launched by the PCC in Northumbria is an important step to changing culture to call out poor behaviour.
“I wanted to showcase this important work to the Secretary of State, as unfortunately there is still so much more to be done nationwide to tackle these behaviours and put an end to violence against women and girls.”
Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“Women’s safety is one of my top priorities as PCC, and challenging misogyny from its root is vital to tackling violence against women and girls.
“The more active bystanders we have in the North East, the more people who can make a change and know what to do when they notice something that isn’t okay.
“I urge more North East organisations to sign up to be a part of improving our society together. I hope this initiative can be a model that other regions follow to protect women nationwide”