• Skye Williams

Women invited to safety event

WOMEN in Hillingdon have been invited for tea and a chat, in the bid to support those affected by a range of issues.

The council has offered for women in the area to join them on October 19 at the ‘Women’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing event’, which will focus on conversations surrounding topics ranging from mental health, victim support to the issue of domestic abuse.

It comes amid concerns that women across the city are feeling increasingly unsafe on the streets of London, following the murder of Sarah Everard, and more recently, the death of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa. Both women were killed near their homes.

Alongside Hillingdon Women’s Centre, national organisation Refuge is also taking part in the council’s event. Refuge CEO Ruth Davison said: “I stand alongside Sarah’s family, alongside the family of Sabina Nessa, and alongside the families of every woman who has lost her life to male violence. I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling.”

Another organisation for women, Solace Women’s Aid, made a statement regarding the recent killings.

On its website, Solace wrote, in reference to the death of Sarah Everard: “The sentencing of Wayne Couzens does not mitigate the trauma and the shockwaves this horrific crime has created.”

The statement regarded violence from men as an ‘epidemic’, adding that it “has to end, both on our streets and in our homes”.

The event is being held at Claretian Oasis Hall (next to Botwell Church), Botwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 2AB between 10am and 2pm on October 19.


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