Our thoughts after the EU Referendum

Following the result of the EU Referendum in June, two things are clear: that we need to fight to ensure women’s rights are not rolled back in the aftermath of the Brexit vote; but also, most immediately, that we need to come together to ensure that our communities feel safe.

The EU Referendum encouraged a level of engagement in politics that we haven’t seen for sometime, and this can only be a positive thing. We now need to build on this engagement and do more to ensure that our elected representatives are truly connected to the people they serve – especially our young people, who again saw the lowest turnout of the vote overall.

There is also a real possibility that we may see a women leading one, if not both, the major political parties in England as we begin to shape our future. A future which must include the protection of the vital legislation that has been built to preserve women’s rights and human rights for everyone.

We are gravely concerned about the reported rise in hate crimes since the referendum and the impact that this is having on people from all backgrounds. Regardless of how we individually voted, we need to stand together. There is no place for hate in Nottinghamshire, or in modern Britain.

These are uncertain times and the last few weeks have been bruising for many of us, with the referendum coming only days after the murder of Jo Cox and the massacre in Orlando. We understand that some of us will not feel very safe in our communities right now. We are committed to ensuring that Nottingham Women’s Centre continues to be a safe space where all women are welcome, including women of colour, women of different nationalities, women who are seeking asylum, lesbian and bisexual women, and trans women. We value the diversity of our staff, volunteers and centre users and are committed to challenging hate in all its forms. Our door is open to you if you need a safe place in the city.

If you have experienced hate crime (including hate because of your gender), you can report it to the Police by calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency) or by visiting your local police station. You can also report hate crime online via the True Vision website.