Sheffield branch of Woman’s Equality Party launches Safer Streets campaign

The Sheffield branch of a growing women’s rights party is launching a campaign to fight harassment.

The Women’s Equality Party, or WE, is behind the Safer Streets campaign, which aims to make the city’s streets safer for everyone.

To launch the campaign, a workshop focusing on street harassment will take place at the Union St venue in the city centre from 2pm on June 18.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, VIDA domestic abuse charity and First bus company will be taking part.

The workshop comes after the party’s #WEcount campaign, which asked the public to upload selfies and use an interactive map.

Sheffield branch founder member Charlie Barker said: “Following on from the #WEcount campaign, which started in London, it was very clear that street harassment was an issue our members and the public wanted us to tackle.

“WE believes that equality is an issue that effects everyone, regardless of gender and this is reflected in the growing number of male and female members and supporters across the country.

“The Sheffield branch of WE currently hosts around 100 members and 300 registered supporters, who’ve been working hard to put together our Safer Streets campaign.

“WE invites everyone who wants to help raise awareness and tackle these issues head on, in the company of the South Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner, invited local businesses and support groups.”

The aim of the workshop is to outline what street harassment is and how or why it occurs.

It will also explore what people want to see done to make Sheffield’s streets safer.