London murder reignites fears about women’s safety – world peace organization

On the evening of September 17, 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa was murdered while walking through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, London. The murder opened the national women’s safety movement in the country and sparked the debate on violence against women. The conversation comes to attention six months after the tragic death of Sarah Everard, whose life was taken by a police officer.

According to the London Metropolitan Police Service, Sabina was meeting a friend at a local bar less than 10 minutes from her home and was assaulted around 8:30 p.m. Police found her dead in Cator Park the next afternoon, about 24 hours later, near a nearby community center. On Thursday, a 38-year-old man was taken into police custody and is being investigated for murder. However, police are currently considering other potential perpetrators and have released photos of another man linked to the case. Joe Garrity, the investigating detective inspector said, “[W]We know the community is rightly shocked by this murder – as are we – and we are using every resource at our disposal to find the individual responsible.

The murder has led to increased demand to tackle what is known as an “epidemic of violence against women in the world. [United Kingdom]said Emma Kay, co-founder of an app called WalkSafe. The app implements safety measures focusing on protecting women in public places. Kay says a significant number of women have been killed by men in the UK since the murder of Everard by a police officer stunned the nation. Everard was 33 when she died. Wayne Couzens, 48, has pleaded guilty to his murder and should receive its verdict on September 29.

A non-profit organization called Counting Dead Women has set up a tool to track feminicides in the UK. Their data shows that at least 108 men have been killed so far in 2021. Emma Kay said the country needs to put in place a police and justice system women are protected and are actively working to prioritize the safety of women. women, such as free transportation systems or other ideas that will help prevent violence. “[E]that’s enough, ”she told Al Jazeera. “British women are calling for action. We must be able to return home safely and live free from violence in our own homes. “

Despite overwhelming calls to action in the wake of the Everard tragedy, Andrea Simon, director of End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), said it was “devastating” that little was done to address the issue. against male violence against women. She said the criminal justice system was too slow to respond to violence against women and cases of rape and domestic violence were often overlooked. She also believes that funding for support services should be increased. “[W]We must not risk viewing these murders as isolated incidents. Violence against women is so deeply normalized that women must constantly do personal safety work – assessing our surroundings, finding the safest route, carrying the keys in our hands and sharing our location with friends ” Simon told Al Jazeera. “[W]We need an approach that addresses the root causes of male violence against women and the attitudes that minimize and condone abuse.

The government has said women’s safety is a high priority and is taking action to address violence against women. Political leaders specifically point out its plan to combat violence against women and girls which was implemented in July. However, actions speak louder than words, and more needs to be done to protect women.

Mara R. Wilmoth