I was delighted to accept an invitation to Northwood College for Girls and to attend a session on sexual harassment and strategies for dealing with it.
It was an insightful and thought-provoking session, particularly hearing about individual experiences and encounters with sexual harassment. More needs to be done to help women feel safer in public spaces, and we discussed some really interesting ideas on how both local and national government can help shape policy to make this a reality. These ideas included 'Ask for Angela' schemes, increased staff on public transport, street lighting to make certain areas less threatening and a local network for young people to share their experiences so that we remove the embarrassment that is often, wrongly, associated with being a victim of sexual harassment.
I look forward to looking into these ideas in more detail and will ensure that I work at both a local and national level to help women feel safer.