A vigil is to be held this weekend at Clapham Common to ‘Reclaim These Streets’ for women feeling under threat following the tragic disappearance of Sarah Everard.
Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, vanished whilst walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on Wednesday, March 3.
The walk from Clapham to her home in Brixton should have taken her around 50 minutes, but Sarah never made it home, which her family described as “totally out of character.”
And as detectives announced the latest development in the case, that human remains have been found in Kent, thousands of people have taken to social media have voiced their own fears about walking home at night.
The upcoming weekend event is advertised as “a vigil for all women threatened on our streets,” with the organisers demanding that streets in London and beyond be safe for woman,
In Clapham this week, Met Police told women not go out at night alone for their own safety, but many have hit back at the advice, saying the response to violence “shouldn’t require women to have to behave differently.”
Those behind the vigil this weekend said “woman are not the problem,” adding that streets should be safe for women regardless of what they wear, where you live or the time of day.
“We’ve all been following the tragic case of Sarah Everard over the last week. This is a vigil for Sarah, but also for all women who feel unsafe, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day.”
The organisers invite supporters to join them at 6pm at the bandstand on Clapham Common at 6pm on Saturday, March 13, to “reclaim these streets and public spaces.”
The vigil is “for and about women” but is open for all to attend, and organisers say it will observe strict Covid-19 safety guidelines including social distancing and compulsory mask-wearing.
Sarah Everard was last seen leaving a friend’s house on Leathwaite Road in Clapham, southwest London, at around 9pm on Wednesday 3 March.
On Tuesday night Met Police announced a serving police officer had been arrested on suspicion of murder, sparking a mass search of his address and the surrounding woodland in Kent.
Last night (March 10), police revealed that human remains had been found.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick sought to reassure the public in the wake of Wednesday’s developments, saying “it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets”.
She added: “But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday: “All women and girls should be able to feel safe on the streets of London at all times and I know how shocked and worried Londoners are by Sarah’s disappearance and the developments in this case.”