An Extraordinary Meeting of Merton Council on Wednesday 21 April backed a Liberal Democrat proposal to help tackle violence against women and girls in the borough.
Merton Liberal Democrats requested the meeting following the hurt and anger expressed by women in response to the news of Sarah Everard’s heinous murder.
The proposals were unanimously supported by all councillors present. Speaking after the meeting Cllr Eloise Bailey, Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group said:
“The topic of this meeting was difficult, but I’m proud of what we achieved. At a time when rape prosecutions are falling, and women are losing faith in the criminal justice system, it’s crucial that we have safe and confidential opportunities to report our experiences. And the Council must work with relevant organisations to ensure that women’s reports lead to real change.”
Cllr Anthony Fairclough, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Merton Council added:
“The stories of the harassment and fear experienced by women and girls on a daily basis highlighted the urgent need to make a safe space to share these experiences, and help ensure that real action to address the concerns raised can be taken.”
“So we are calling for Merton Council to create confidential opportunities for women and girls to share their experiences. This process must inform the work of the Council and other agencies in tackling male behaviour in order to reduce violence against women and girls."
A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4_-qeCotiMI?t=3763