The death of Sarah Everard sparked a rising movement in the UK seeking recognition that violence against women must be addressed at a societal level. We need answers, action, and a place to connect, reflect, share experiences and try to understand what everyone can do to support change.
Sarah was reported missing at the start of March after walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham. She left her friend at around 9pm, on a route down well-lit streets, but never made it home.
For Sarah, and all the other people who’ve faced violence, we wanted to have a conversation alongside our colleagues and sister brands at Bauer Media. Providing a forum to discuss what needs to be done. We want everyone to be able to walk the streets without fear and be at home without fear.
Safety and protection is important, but we need to focus on the cause and preventing the violence and abuse.
Follow the discussion and show your support with the hashtag #IWalkWithWomen
Watch the stream here:
How can I watch the 'We Need To Talk About Women’s Safety' discussion?
You can watch our discussion on women’s safety and what we can do to implement change on Closer's YouTube channel. The full discussion is also embedded in this article.
Trigger warning: You might find subjects in this discussion distressing. If you need any help and support you can call the Samaritans on 116 123.
Meet the 'We Need To Talk About Women’s Safety' panel:
Alongside experts in women's safety, the below members of the Bauer Media family join the panel.
I walk with women panel
Bauer Media presenter Lucie Cave on why she's taking part: "Like most women, Sarah's death bit me to the core. I used to live in Clapham and walked down the same streets as she did, often alone, often late at night. It's such an important dialogue and has sparked so much outrage and soul-searching. We can't change the world in one discussion, but we can come together to reflect, connect and show that this is about everyone playing their part to drive societal change."
Hits Radio presenter, singer and TV star Fleur East on why she's taking part: "I'm excited to take part in such an important event. We need to raise awareness and open up conversations about issues that affect so many women on a daily basis. Hopefully we can do that by sharing our experiences."
KISS Radio presenter Tyler West on why he's taking part: "The news this month has highlighted how important it is for us to be open and talk about women's safety. It's not just their fight – as men we need to do our part and understand what we can do to help and actively continue the conversation. I'm so honoured to be a part of this event, learn more and make sure I'm the best ally I can be."
Empire Magazine's Terri White on why she's taking part: "With a woman being murdered every three days in the UK, only 1.4% of rapes being prosecuted and 97% women having reported being harassed, we are living through an epidemic of violence against women. The conversation we're having now is long overdue and only by lifting our voices and sharing our stories, will we start to face the truth scale of these issues"
What time will the 'We Need To Talk About Women’s Safety' discussion be available to watch?
The event was streamed on Closer's YouTube, and will remain there, so you can continue to watch the event now it has been broadcast.
Where can I go if I need help or advice?
Here are some ways to support women’s issues and crimes against women: