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Women's Night-Time Safety Champions appointed to tackle violence against women

Two new Women’s Night-Time Safety Champions have been appointed in Tower Hamlets to actively promote women’s night safety and help to make more women feel confident in the borough after dark. 

Cllr Amina Ali and Cllr Bex White have taken up shared ownership of the role, which forms part of the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, a London-wide response to the fact that too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out for the night. 

As part of the Charter, the council has committed to a series of pledges around Violence Against Women and Girls to improve safety. 

These include making sure people in Tower Hamlets know what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling; encouraging reporting by victims and bystanders; offering training to ensure that all women who report are believed; and designing public spaces and workplaces to make them safer for women at night.  

Cllr Amina Ali said:  

“We want women to feel safe in our borough whatever time of day or night it is. We know that unfortunately this is not always the case, which is why we’ve introduced the Women’s Night-Time Safety Champions in Tower Hamlets.  

“I feel very passionate about addressing misogyny and gender-based violence and I look forward to championing the needs of women and making sure our voices and concerns are heard and prioritised.”   

The announcement comes during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, a global initiative tackling violence against women and girls. Over the next two weeks, Tower Hamlets Council is working alongside its partners to raise awareness of gender-based violence and the support available for victims, offering training, events and information sessions. 

The council marked the start of the 16 Days by holding a stall in the London Muslim Centre with Solace, the leading domestic and sexual violence charity. The East London Mosque led with a sermon on gender-based violence and a White Ribbon stall, asking men to wear a white ribbon and sign the pledge to never commit or remain silent about male violence against women.  

Cllr Bex White, said: 

 “I’m really pleased to take on my role as Women’s Night-Time Safety Champion. This is a new role but one which is vitally important as we continue to witness tragic incidents of male violence against women.  

“No woman should ever feel unsafe, but we know that too often this is the case, especially after it gets dark. 

“We’ll be working together to make sure that women’s safety is front and foremost of the conversation and to make our borough somewhere where women feel confident at night.” 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:  

“Our new Women’s Night-Time Safety Champions will give us the opportunity to promote the work we’re doing to tackle violence against women and girls, and will also shine a light on the areas where we still need to do more work.  

“I know that Cllrs Ali and White will give this role the attention it needs and I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”   

For more information on what the council is doing to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and information on how to get involved, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/16DaysOfActivism  

Get help and support if you are experiencing abuse: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/domesticabuse

Posted on Tuesday 30th November 2021