Women’s safety has very much been at the forefront of our minds throughout the last year with the tragic murders of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and Aisling Murphy, receiving lots of media attention. We must not forget that there have also been around 100 other women who lost their lives due to male violence and we owe it to them too, to bring an end to violence against women.
We all have a right to feel safe in all aspects of our lives – at home, in our communities, in our workplaces and importantly, when we are travelling. That is why I fully support Unite the Union’s “Get Me Home Safely” campaign which is calling on employers to ensure that those staff working anti-social hours or potentially lone working, are as safe as possible.
The campaign launches this week and in the spirit of social partnership I will be working with my colleagues in the Welsh Government, to support trade union colleagues and businesses to make tangible changes to ensure that people across Wales feel they can get home safely.
I’ll be sharing information about the campaign on my Facebook page – Hannah Blythyn MS – so please get involved.
I am also supporting North Wales Police’s “Street Safe” initiative where they are inviting communities across North Wales to highlight where they feel less comfortable in public spaces. Though not designed to report experiences, the information can be used to work with Flintshire County Council and other partners to improve our public spaces so that every one can feel comfortable, as they should be able to. You can find out more at www.northwales.police.uk/notices/street-safe
Many Leader readers will know that I have always been a keen supporter of businesses and work hard to engage and support them as much as possible. Last week I had the opportunity to call into Nice-Pak in Flint to hear about their journey to reduce their carbon footprint and to become as plastic free as possible. On Global Recycling day they shared with me how they have changed their packaging to ensure that as much as possible of their products can we recycled, making their business more sustainable and protecting our planet for generations to come.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Burns Commission on transport here in North Wales tasked with exploring a connected approach to improving transport infrastructure and services in our corner of the country. The Welsh Government has now announced a team of six commissioners, all with experience and expertise in transport policy and delivery, to join Lord Burns in hearing evidence about the issues we face here in North Wales.
As ever I will do my best to ensure that the voices of our communities are heard by the commission and that the necessary steps are taken to improve transport to meet the needs of the people of North Wales.
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