On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (White Ribbon Day), Labour launched its contract for a safer Brighton and Hove at the Dialogue Centre in Brighton. Purna Sen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion, and Councillor Emma Daniel, the Labour and Co-operative Group safeguarding spokesperson, affirmed Labour’s commitment to work towards a city where everyone can live free from violence and the threat of violence.
Purna Sen, the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion, said:
Today we are observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence that is based on gender and sex is the most dangerous form of inequality that women and girls experience worldwide. We recognise that all people can be victims of violence.
We are pledging to make Brighton and Hove safe for all by pledging to work together with groups in the city that prevent, support and advocate for those at risk. We want to build a culture of belief in victims and survivors. We will support community-led efforts to eradicate all forms of violence including Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage and 'honour' based crimes.
Councillor Emma Daniel, the safeguarding spokesperson for the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:
We want to make Brighton and Hove a safer place for all, and want our residents to be safer both at home and on the streets. We are making a pledge to the city today to work to eliminate all forms of violence against women, to increase the safety of children, to safeguard against child sexual exploitation, to ensure that Brighton and Hove is a safe place for all to live in and to make cleaner streets a priority.
At a time when local government budgets are facing severe cuts, it is important to emphasise that victims of violence and crime will not be neglected and will not become second-class citizens. We are pledging zero tolerance for hate crimes against members of the LGBT, BAME and faith communities who have the right to live free from the fear of crime.
We will also establish a cyber-safety project and work closely with the police for Brighton and Hove to tackle the rising threat of cyber-crime, which includes stalking, fraud and theft online. One in six people in the UK have been victims of cyber-crime, and it is important that we get ahead of the game and tackle the problem now.
It is also vital that we work to reduce the levels of rough sleeping in the city and to tackle anti-social behaviour from the street community and towards the street community.
Safer at Home, Safer on the Streets – Labour’s values and pledges for a safer city:
We will work to eliminate all forms of violence against women
- Secure the maximum possible funding for groups which prevent violence, support and advocate for those at risk.
- Build cultures of belief in victims and survivors, look at expanding council employment policies to provide support and leave for staff experiencing violence.
- We will support community-led efforts to eradicate all forms of violence including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and 'honour' based crimes.
We will increase the safety of children
- By supporting external reporting by specialist children’s advocacy and engagement charities, and ensuring that the Chief Executive continues to sit on the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
- We will commission a report on children’s services in our city.
- We will work to promote support for all survivors of abuse.
- We will build a climate of safety in our schools, public spaces and children’s centres.
We will work to ensure the city is a safe place to live for all
- Zero tolerance for hate crimes against members of the LGBT, BAME and faith communities, and to help older people live free from the fear of crime. We will challenge extremism and prejudice and promote community cohesion.
- We will establish a cyber-safety project for Brighton and Hove to equip individuals and communities to feel safe online.
- We will work with businesses and partner agencies involved in the night-time economy, looking at using licensing powers, the use of taxi marshals and safe spaces as well as ensuring street lighting and public spaces are designed and maintained to promote safety.
- We will ensure that public transport remains safe and accessible for all.
- Work with universities so they provide a better service to deal with anti-social noise in neighbourhoods, and take action against irresponsible landlords through our landlord licensing scheme.
We will make cleaner streets a corporate priority
- We will enforce existing laws and reduce anti-social behaviour, including dog fouling, tagging, vandalism and fly tipping.
- We will work to reduce the levels of rough sleeping in the city and anti-social behaviour and crime both from the street community and towards the street community. No-one should be vulnerable to harm through poverty in our city.