The march will honour women killed and harmed by men. Image: Ben Terrett/Flickr
A symbolic march to commemorate the lives of women killed or harmed by men will start at Clapham Common, near where Sarah Everard was kidnapped while walking home.
Friday’s march comes as the first anniversary of Everard’s murder is marked, with her parents saying this week they had been “overwhelmed” by public support.
Women are being invited to gather at Clapham Common for the “Walk Her Home Lambeth” event, which organiser Freya Papworth said will “allow the community a chance to come together and heal” following Everard’s murder and other attacks and killings of women.
“We [the organisers] are a group of women from Lambeth who were incredibly affected by what happened to Sarah and at the vigil afterwards. We wanted to do something to commemorate not just Sarah but all the women who have suffered since,” Papworth said.
The march will begin on Clapham Common at 7pm and end in Brixton, with women coming together from “all backgrounds and political parties”.
Though the event is titled “Walk Her Home”, Papworth is keen to stress that for many women, “home might not be a safe place”. She added that although Everard was walking home when she was kidnapped, “it wouldn’t have mattered what she was doing – it should never have happened”.
Everard lived in Lambeth, and following her murder in March 2021, a vigil was held on Clapham Common. Police were criticised over their heavy-handed policing of the event, with officers pinning women to the floor under the justification that the vigil broke coronavirus regulations at the time.
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