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Matthew Barber marks IWD

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Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “Today is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the achievements of women and accelerate women’s equality.

“I was pleased to hear the Home Secretary recently made tackling violence against women a top priority. This will further strengthen policing’s response to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), which forms a key part of my Police and Criminal Justice Plan.

“In the Thames Valley, I am supporting a range of initiatives to make streets safer and tackle VAWG. This activity includes better street lighting and CCTV, the development of a schools-based programme to focus on the safety of women and girls, and additional activity focused on street harassment, stalking, sexual assault, rape, and predatory behaviour as part of our Project Vigilant.

“Later this month, we will be launching the Do the Right Thing campaign in the Thames Valley, which encourages men to call out misogynistic behaviour, violence and abuse from their peers.

“We will continue our work to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls in any way we can, and to promote equality in Thames Valley Police so that women are given the recognition they deserve.”