I had a message this morning from a young woman, in Wales, who wants to know what action we are taking to ‘Reclaim Our Streets.’ As a mother of a daughter and sons, sister to sisters and brothers, and woman whom has also been a victim, I want to say, enough is enough! After the horrendous murder of Sarah Everard, whilst she was walking home, and the social media outpouring of women across Britain, sharing their everyday experiences of abuse and assaults, it is time to wake up in Britain and really address the epidemic of violence against women and girls. Enough is enough!
Please watch this national speech titled ‘Save Lives- Protect Domestic Abuse Refuges from Closure,’ that I delivered in 2019, in Telford International Centre that explains the scale of abuse against women. My speech led to Labour Party and union support for Domestic Abuse Leave in Employment Law.
I had previously performed a similar speech at the Welsh Labour Conference, in Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and met with our Welsh Equalities Minister. My action was instrumental in securing millions of pounds of support from our Welsh Labour, Welsh Government to protect domestic abuse refuges from closure and to build new facilities to accommodate victims with disabilities and older male children.
It is so shocking, but we need to take time to reflect that THREE women a week are murdered by men. Terribly, one in four victims are men, and this is also unacceptable. The majority are women. More often than not, the perpetrators are husbands, partners, sons, brothers, uncles, colleagues and friends. When we take into account deaths after hospital stays and women taking their own lives, the figure reaches TEN women every week, DIE due to domestic abuse.
Additionally, FOUR women are RAPED in Wales, every day.
Enough is enough!
As domestic abuse has soared during the pandemic, we must now have URGENT discussions about toxic masculinity and do all that WE can, in ALL the spheres possible, to improve aggressive attitudes towards women and girls.