Leeds Girls Hub focus on Safety
The Leeds Girl’s Hub, coordinated by Getaway Girls part of the Leeds Women and Girl’s Hub and the Leeds City Council Equalities Assembly met on Thursday 15th March at the John Lewis Community Hub. 15 young women from across Leeds attended the Forum.
The focus for the Hub has remained on safety, as the last forum was looking at safety in a relationship the young women looked at safety in school, in Leeds city centre and within their local area.
The young women firstly wrote what they wanted to get out of attending the forum , some of what was said by the young women; “meeting new people” and “sharing ideas”
The young women identified what makes them feel unsafe in the above areas and then looked at how they can stay safe in these areas.
The aim around looking at safety in these key areas was for the young women to look at creating a tool kit in the form of a short book giving tips on how it is possible to stay safe as a young woman whilst in a relationship, in the city centre, school and in your local area.
At the end of the forum the feedback from the young women who attended
“I enjoyed the games and getting to know new people”
“ I liked the way we all came together and were able to communicate about important issues to girls”
“ The forum was very welcoming and I felt my opinions were heard without any judgement”
“I liked the fact we were able to have the forum without any adult in put”
Some of the peer educators will be meeting with someone from the sexual health service to discuss some of the concerns that were raised in a previous forum around young girls attending the sexual health clinic in the city centre, as this is a long term change this is a very positive start to looking at making changes around how young women can access this service without feeling uncomfortable or judged.