On International Women’s Day, the Green Party Candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner calls for more support for women from Sussex Police.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. But it also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity – a call echoed by the Green Party Candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Kahina Bouhassane.
Recent figures indicate that less than one third of Sussex Police officers are women. This falls to less than one fifth at Inspector level .
Misogynistic hate crimes have risen sharply across the county in recent years, yet conviction rates remain shockingly low.
· 1,540 rapes were recorded in Sussex in 2019, yet only 58 resulted in a conviction 
· There were 21,000 reports of alleged domestic abuse offences in Sussex in 2020, with a local conviction rate of only 4% 
· Sussex Police recorded 2,020 stalking incidents in the year to March 2020, yet – during 2020 – only 29 Stalking Protection Orders were issued 
The Green Party Manifesto is clear on the issue of combating hate crimes against women, setting out policies that would be implemented under Green Party leadership :
· Make misogyny a hate crime across the UK.
· Develop and implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle gender-based violence.
· Increase police capacity to deal with domestic violence and misogynistic hate crimes.
· Increase funding to support the prevention and prosecution of all hate crimes.
· Put funding for Rape Crisis Centre services on a sustainable footing.
· Roll back the cuts to domestic violence support centres and women’s refuges.
· Provide further training for police officers in this area.
Green Party Candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Kahina Bouhassane, says:
“While it’s great to see that three of the very top ranks in Sussex Police are held by women, there are twice as many men as women in the force as a whole, and – at Inspector level – men outnumber women by four to one.
Addressing this gender imbalance would help to provide better support to women across the county, who are clearly being failed by the current system.
It’s truly shocking to think that – for victims of rape, of domestic abuse or of stalking – fewer than one in twenty of the offences reported will result in a conviction.
I urge you to vote Green in the upcoming Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections on May 6th. Greens can win in Sussex. With your vote, I can help protect women and ensure Sussex Police are Police for the People.”