Harrow Council has signed a pledge to ensure London is a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night.
It is one of hundreds of organisations, and several Local Authorities, to sign up to the Women’s Night Safety Charter in response to too many women saying they feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night in London.
The charter is part of the Mayor of London’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative.
It contains several pledges (listed below) that the Council will encourage businesses in Harrow to ahhere to.
Cllr Peymana Assad, responsible for Community Cohesion, Crime and Enforcement, said: “The safety of women and girls on our streets has been at the forefront of our minds following the murders of Sarah Everard, Biba Henry and Nicole Smallman – and we want to do everything we can to reassure our residents that they can travel, work and go out here without looking over their shoulder all the time.
“We are committed to taking simple but important steps to making women and girls feel safe in Harrow.
“As lockdown restrictions ease and we support our night-time businesses in welcoming people back, this seems the ideal time to join the hundreds of other organisations in the capital that have signed up to the charter.”
To support the Women’s Night Safety Charter, organisations that operate at night agree to some simple pledges:
- Nominate a champion in your organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety
- Demonstrate to staff and customers that your organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign
- Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling
- Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of your communications campaign
- Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed
- Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to
- Design public spaces and work places to make them safer for women at night