Leeds Women’s Hub – July Meeting
The Leeds Women’s Hub meets quarterly to allow women and girls to influence decision making and shape services across the city. Our most recent meeting focused on safety, one of the hub’s agreed priorities.
The conversation was split into three topics: safety on transport, safety in the city at night and safety in the local community. Women highlighted issues such as harassment and inappropriate attention from strangers, lack of reliable and safe transport, lack of support for vulnerable groups and the fear of different situations such as walking alone.
Women identified a number of things they’d like to see changed, such as more female taxi drivers, better safeguarding of passengers on buses and trains, more schemes like ‘ask Angela’ in bars and clubs, and better community facilities. The point that came up in every topic was the importance of education and awareness-raising – including education for staff in bars and on public transport, in transport companies, for community services and for children in schools. The women emphasised the importance of teaching everyone about safety, personal boundaries and the impact of your behaviour on others.
Although safety on transport was a specific conversation, it came up repeatedly in the other topics of conversation. At the next hub, on the 25th of September, will focus on transport and what steps we can take next to make Leeds safer for women.