A UN Special Rapporteur has visited Greater Manchester to better understand how Greater Manchester is delivering leading work to tackle gender-based violence through its 10-year Gender-Based Violence strategy

Reem Alsalem met with the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Kate Green, to discuss the 10-year Gender-Based Violence Strategy and hear how the city-region is taking a whole-system approach to tackling gender-based violence, by bringing its services and partners together – from the police to health and to education and the VCSE sector who work with victims and survivors.

She also held talks with a range of Greater Manchester partners and services that have helped to define and deliver the Gender-Based Violence Strategy, including representatives from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the University of Manchester, Greater Manchester’s Gender-Based Violence Lived Experience Panel, and services from across the city-region that offer specialist support for people affected by gender-based violence. This included a visit to Greater Manchester’s new Lotus Hub, which supports women impacted by having no recourse to public funds.

Kate Green, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, said:

“We recognise that gender-based violence is a significant concern not just for us, but globally too. We are proud to be able to share the successes and challenges we’ve had in delivering our Gender-Based Violence Strategy, and to help define how international efforts can tackle what remains an endemic issue for all women and girls worldwide.

“Here in Greater Manchester, we have made tackling gender-based violence a major priority. Through our strategy, we have made real progress to support our services and improve access, so that more women can get the help they need. We also continue to challenge men and boys to do more to help stop gender-based violence happening in the first place.

“We remain committed to ensuring that the voice of all victims and survivors is at the heart of our work, recognising that anyone can be a victim, and to addressing inequalities that are a barrier to some victims getting the support they need.”


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