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Sabina Nessa: What Must Change To End Violence Against Women

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Sabina Nessa was walking through a park to meet a friend at a bar, on a journey that should’ve taken five minutes, when she was killed a week ago.

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said a 38-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the 28-year-old teacher.

A vigil is being held for her on Friday night at Peglar Square in Kidbrooke Village, southeast London, close to where her body was found.

Sadly, Sabina’s death is not out-of-the-ordinary. Around 200 women were killed last year in Great Britain, according to official figures.

But what’s being done to make sure women are protected?

Violence against women and girls (known as VAWG) in the UK is a “shadow pandemic”, according to sexual harassment lawyer Deeba Syed. She is calling for drastic change to attitudes, policies and policing so women can feel safe.

A sense of ‘urgency’

Syed believes violence against women and girls is “much more common” than people think.

“So many women have died in similar circumstances, there’ve been the high profile cases of Sarah Everard, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, and now this. But there have been so many cases in between that many people haven’t heard of.

“There’s not enough urgency in the way it’s being tackled and there’s not enough understanding of the ways that this impacts women. It impacts on all women, but particularly women of colour who are at a higher risk of violence.”

Syed questions whether measures such as more plain-clothed police officers and more street lighting – which have been proposed by the authorities – are really going........

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