Following the abduction of Sarah Everard, women have shared their experiences of street harassment by men on social media, with movements like #ReclaimTheNight advocating for improved safety for women and girls at night.
Women and girls are all too often subjected to male harassment and violence while they go about their daily lives, particularly after dark.
We believe everyone has a right to be safe in the streets and public spaces of the UK.
In our work, we see the impact of gender inequality in safety on the streets. Women facing homelessness often have to choose between dangerous or unstable housing options in which they may be vulnerable to abuse or violence and sleeping rough. Those who do sleep rough have reported abuse, violence and stigmatisation.
We support calls for increased safety on the street, and all women campaigning for it.
We also support calls for men to acknowledge the disparity in their experiences, and to take action.