We have all been moved and saddened by the brutal killing of Sarah Everard.

She was a daughter, a friend, a colleague and she had her life ahead of her. It feels so unfair that she should choose to walk and never return home. The apparent randomness is painful and worrying – she could have been our daughter, our friend, our colleague.

Since this tragedy many other women have spoken up as they have also been subject to abuse or harassment. It was a stark reminder that 118 women and girls have been killed by men in the UK this year and their names were read out in Parliament this week to remind us of this. This should not be what is considered normal in 2021.

Women should not feel unsafe going about their daily business – or bear the responsibility for attacks based on their gender. This is unacceptable and we want you to know we stand in solidarity with you.

As a council we offer a range of services and support to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

We encourage our residents to report any incidents of harassment or violence to the police.

The planned vigil in Clapham has been cancelled and a fundraising page set up instead to donate to women’s charitable causes on behalf of #ReclaimTheseStreets on JustGiving

It’s only natural that after a tragedy we want to come together. However we are still in the middle of the pandemic and in person gatherings are still not allowed due to the risk to public health. We know that feelings are naturally strong.

This evening at 9.30pm we wholeheartedly support people across the country in a doorstep vigil, standing on our doorsteps and shining a light – a candle, a torch, a phone – to remember Sarah Everard and all women affected by and lost to violence and using the hashtags #SarahEverard #Reclaimthesestreets

John Biggs – Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Cllr Asma Begum – Deputy Mayor

Cllr Rachel Blake – Deputy Mayor

Cllr Sirajul Islam – Deputy Mayor

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