The issues surrounding violence endured by women at the hands of men has been brought sharply into focus over the last two weeks as we have collectively come to terms with the grief of Sarah Everard’s case.
As a result, I have subscribed to a Statement of Opinion in the Senedd as the start of what we can hope is a great deal of progress on this issue in Wales, which says:
a) recognises that women regularly experience harassment, abuse, violence and sexual violence;
b) notes the term women includes all those who identify as such;
c) recognises that men need to change their behaviour to tackle this abuse;
d) encourages men to take the White Ribbon promise and challenge misogyny and hostility towards women amongst their peers;
e) regrets the actions of the Metropolitan Police in policing a peaceful vigil in Clapham for Sarah Everard;
f) believes such policing could undermine women’s confidence to report incidents;
g) Calls on the Welsh Government to encourage individuals and institutions, including the Police, to sign the White Ribbon promise.
If we want to start real change, we must begin these difficult conversations. Let us hope this is the beginning of a great deal of positive change.