A shocking 97% of respondents to our survey said that simply ‘being a woman’ affects their personal safety in Leeds. And 73% of the women who identified as Black/Black British, Asian/Asian British or mixed heritage thought that their personal safety was also affected by their race or culture.
The three main priorities that emerged from this survey were as follows:
- Tackling the attitudes and behaviour which underpin violence against women and girls.
- Making city environments safer
- Increasing reporting and improving responses
The responsibility for addressing these lies with a wide range of organisations and individuals. All need to play a role but none can achieve change on their own. We need a whole societal approach to raise the profile and awareness of the issue of safety for women and girls. We need to give all citizens the tools to take action and give a clear message that Leeds takes a zero-tolerance approach.
View the report below