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Vigil held in Harlow to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

News / Mon 27th Nov 2023 at 03:10pm

A VIGIL was held at the Obelisk to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 109 women were killed by men in the UK in the last year. The youngest was 15; the oldest 92.

We now know that the number of women (especially those aged 60 and over) who are killed by sons and grandsons has increased alarmingly since 2016. Younger women are more at risk from their partners or ex-partners. 

Knowing the result of the government’s sentencing review of domestic homicide could inform necessary measures but it’s only part of the challenge. Education, our cultural values and the willingness to act are all essential if we want change. 

That over 100 women are killed every year in our country is the current reality. Every 2.6 days, a woman is killed. 

In Italy, women screamed for an hour on 25 November 2023 in an effort to bring attention to the horror of the current situation. In Harlow, we read 109 names aloud. How many will we read next year? 

The killing has to stop.

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