Redbridge Council has launched a 12-week survey as part of its continued commitment to tackle violence and assault against women and girls.
Women in Redbridge are being asked to take part in the survey and share their experiences to shape future action.
Redbridge Council Leader, Councillor Jas Athwal, announced the survey at this evening’s full council meeting. The survey, together with a series of listening events will inform how the council implements the Women’s Night Safety Charter signed last week.
The council is working in partnership with Redbridge CVS, which has agreed to lead one of the five listening exercises.
Councillor Athwal said:
“I have been shaken by the countless experiences of violence and assault against women and girls that I’ve heard and read about recently. I am determined to do more to ensure Redbridge is a safe place for every girl and woman. No one should feel unsafe at home, online or on our streets. We are already working with our staff, our community and voluntary sector, and the police to ensure we lead by example.
“I am delighted that Redbridge CVS has agreed to partner with us on this issue. The experience and expertise they bring to the table is invaluable. I want our work to be meaningful, which means working with and through partners to hear from women and girls themselves about what needs to happen to improve their safety and, just as important, help them to feel safer.”
The online survey is open for any woman in Redbridge to share their experiences, to improve understanding about how safe women feel at home, on the street and online in the borough. The survey will run alongside five virtual engagement events: one led by Redbridge CVS in April, and four led by Redbridge Council from May 7th . This evidence will be shared with the forthcoming Crime Commission to shape how we improve the lives of all our residents.
Redbridge CVS Chief Officer, Jenny Ellis, said:
“Redbridge CVS is pleased to be partnering with the council to co-host the first of these important conversations. Local charities and community groups play a vital role in supporting and advocating for women and girls. Working with our members, the online event in April will ensure that the voices of local women are heard, and crucially, that women are involved in shaping plans to make our borough a safer place for women and girls.”
The Women’s Night Safety Charter aims to make London a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night. The charter sets out guidance for venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses to improve safety at night for women. This includes better training of staff, encouraging the reporting of harassment, and ensuring public spaces are safe.
One of the pledges organisations are asked to make when they sign the charter is to nominate a champion in their organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety.
Councillor Athwal said:
“I am pleased to announce that we have appointed a Women’s Champion who has pledged to lead our work in this important area: Councillor Saima Ahmed. Councillor Ahmed has a wealth of experience in this area and I know she will do all she can to make a real difference to the women and girls who live, work or visit our borough so that it truly is a Redbridge for all and send a clear message that we will not tolerate violence on our streets.”
Findings from the survey and the listening engagement will feed into an action plan which will be part of the council’s Crime Commission work which commits to working with residents to address the crime issues that most concern them on a borough wide basis and in the streets where they live and work.