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Reclaim the Streets

In the wake of news about the disappearance of Sarah Everard in London and the subsequent arrest of a police officer, many women are sharing their own experiences of walking alone at night and the steps they take to make themselves feel safe.

Published: 12 March 2021 | 4:58 PM Updated: 16 March 2021 | 12:08 PM
Photograph of a well lit London street at night, standing empty.
We've been reflecting on the experiences of our members who work at night and have no choice but to travel home alone, on foot or on public transport. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Men have also taken to social media to express solidarity and ask what actions they can take as allies to make women feel less threatened.

We've been reflecting on the experiences of our members who work at night and have no choice but to travel home alone, on foot or on public transport. Employers and engagers will rarely cover the cost of a taxi, which could reduce risk though not remove it altogether. We know that some individuals will go beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of others, but that is not enough. More needs to be done to make sure no-one feels unsafe.

The MU supports the TUC’s statement demanding safety, justice and equality, and that Ministers must take urgent action.

What can we do to make our members feel safer travelling home at night?

If any members would like to share their experiences and make suggestions for our work, please get in touch via safespace@theMU.org.

The MU will also be hosting a special meeting of the Women Members Network chaired by MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl to talk about what more the MU can do to ensure women’s safety and practical measures that the MU can take to employers and engagers. Sign up to our Women Members Network to find out more.

Covid safe, socially distanced vigils for Sarah Everard and all women threatened while walking home are being held across the UK on Saturday 13 March. Find one near you, or how to get involved from home, via Reclaim the Streets on Facebook and Twitter.

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