Women councillors network meet to discuss the wellbeing of councillors
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Women councillors met on 11 October 2023 to discuss the Community Safety Charter, the wellbeing of women councillors in local (parish and town) councils, and White Ribbon Day 2023.
Co-chair Cllr Kay Wesley of Congleton Town Council), spoke about the Community Safety Charter and why Congleton Town Council signed up for it. The Community Safety Charter aims to involve a broader range of local organisations, charities, businesses, and groups in crime prevention activity and extend the scope of this work towards a goal of eliminating harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation experienced by anyone who lives, works, studies, or visits anywhere in England and Wales.
The network shared their concerns with repeated bullying and harassment of women in their councils, which will be discussed in further detail at a future meeting.
The network was also reminded to write to their MP to sign the Early Day Motion on standards that cover intimidation at community, parish and town councils. The network agreed to more resources and training available to councillors and clerks to ensure good behaviour.
The network has raised their interest in a disabled councillor network and a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) councillor network. Please get in touch with NALC at if you are interested in joining those networks.