United

Cllr Dine Romero, now former Leader of B&NES

Women councillors across Bath & North East Somerset Council have expressed their heartfelt sympathies to the family of Sarah Everard and pledged to work together for greater safety for women.

A meeting of 20 women councillors convened by council leader, Councillor Dine Romero, heard the killing of Sarah Everard had brought the issue of women’s safety, and behaviour towards women, once again to the forefront.

Councillor Romero said: “Women councillors across Bath & North East Somerset Council were invited to a meeting in light of the shocking circumstances of Sarah Everard’s death. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Sarah’s family.

“Sarah’s death has brought women’s safety and behaviour towards women to the forefront. We stand together against behaviour and actions that might cause women to have to modify our own activities in order to feel safe.

“Women should not feel they are to blame if they are attacked or receive unwanted and inappropriate attention. Women should be able to report harassment and be taken seriously.

“As women carrying out public duties many of us have experienced harassment in our roles. We stand together against this behaviour and will report incidences of verbal abuse and intimidation to the police. 

“And we will be urgently looking at the action the council can take to protect women locally and what more the council can do so that everyone understands the impact of what they say, and what they do, can have on women.”