BWC are committed to keeping the conversation on gender-based violence in the spotlight. Our priority has always been to work to protect and increase the safety of women and girls and we will continue to fight for an end to male violence. This year the panel discussion will focus on women’s safety and in particular how our communities can work together to stop male violence.

Panel Chair: Lisa Dando, Director of BWC


Katy Bourne OBE
Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex and is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex.
The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives.
In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jay Breslaw
Jay Breslaw is CEO of Survivors’ Network, the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex, which supports over 1000 survivors of sexual violence a year. Jay is passionate about working collaboratively to improve outcomes for people who have experienced gender-based violence and abuse and in empowering survivors on their recovery journey. She is an advocate for intersectional feminist leadership and supports the inclusion of all women (including trans women) in women’s services. She sits on the steering group for the Home Office funded Sibling Sexual Abuse Research Project.

Vannessa Crawford
Founder and Project Development Manager at Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project (BMEYPP) in Brighton and Hove

Jessica Leigh
An award winning campaigner, Jess is a keynote speaker and facilitator for Sexual Harassment, aiming to ensure all people are able to understand, prevent and react to Public Sexual Harassment. She works with many different sectors from mental health to participation of young people in services. As a result of her expertise she is a Trainer Consultant at Young Minds as well as the key trainer for Our Streets Now, a campaign aiming to end Public Sexual Harassment through both cultural and legislative change.
Jess uses her own experiences as a LGBTQ+ woman and the medium of storytelling to be able to shape policy, lead workshops and has spoken on the likes of BBC News, Sky News, Houses of Parliament and TEDx. Over the years she has worked with government, schools and given talks all across the globe to ensure participation is at the heart of change and no one gets left behind.


Where: Dome Concert Hall Stage

When: 1:00pm – 2:30pm