With International Women’s Day in full swing this weekend, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is calling for greater support of those who suffer from abuse and discrimination.
“Whether it’s sexism on the football field or in the boardroom, domestic abuse behind closed doors – and I know that includes male victims as well – or the fear of going out alone at night, too many women experience physical or emotional harm on a daily basis,” he said.
“My hope is that events like International Women’s Day will raise the awareness necessary to stop such injustices and lead to greater support of fairness and equality – and the right to feel and be safe from harm.”
Commissioner Charles has championed a number of different causes in support of tackling abuse of women and girls. His national conference on forced marriage raised awareness of the problem in this country, and he has supported domestic abuse groups in helping survivors find a way forward for themselves. He has also made his voice heard loud and clear to raise awareness of sexual exploitation of young women and children, human trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM).
“This year’s international event is about ‘making it happen’ and promoting change,” he said. “That means supporting women who are being abused in whatever shape or form.
“What I would like to see for starters is a Mexican wave of support for women officials at football matches. That would be a good place to make a stand, cheer them on and call for justice all round.”
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Posted on Saturday 7th March 2015