Organisation calls for Panic Alarms to be Given to all Women

A women’s refuge organisation in Birmingham has called for panic alarms to be given to every woman amid the spate of violent crimes.

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"we don't want to live in fear of being attacked"

A women’s refuge organisation based in Aston, Birmingham, has called for all women to be equipped with panic alarms.

They also said that abuse and harassment against women should be treated as hate crimes.

The women at Saathi House came together to discuss their experiences of harassment, abuse and violence suffered at the hands of men and why more needs to be done.

Following the tragic deaths of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard, women in the UK have been feeling increasingly unsafe on the streets.

Members of Saathi House highlighted the cultural differences in domestic and emotional abuse, the lack of reporting in cultural communities and the ways women can feel safe.

Shamsun Choudhury has partnered with community groups such as Legacy West Midlands and Aspire & Succeed to work with Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women across Handsworth and Lozells.

She said: “Many of the women felt worried to leave the home after the deaths of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard.

“They had to walk in groups or pairs to feel safe.

“We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders every time we all go out, we don’t want to live in fear of being attacked when we’re alone in the streets in broad daylight or at night.”

The women carried out a protest in George’s Park, Lozells. During the protest, West Midlands Police handed them panic alarms.

Shamsun told Birmingham Mail:

“There needs to more refuge spaces for women in Birmingham and the panic alarms should be given to every woman.”

“We demand greater safety and protection, and need reassurances that men who intimidate, attack and abuse women will be charged with a hate crime because that’s what this is.”

Saathi House has commissioned local artists to create visual artworks and signposting along a three-mile stretch of the canals in Perry Barr in a bid to make spaces safer for women.

Faraisai Dzemwa is a domestic violence survivor who wrote about her experiences in a book.

She lives in Wolverhampton having fled Zimbabwe.

She explains: “My motive to fight this has been fuelled by my own lived life experience that damaged my life so much that what I had established as a coping mechanism ended up working against me.

“We need to encourage men to get involved in these conversations. We don’t want to create a revolving door – it wastes time.

“There are a huge number of cases and incidents that go untold and unaccounted for which means there are a huge number of perpetrators that go free and prey on vulnerable people across the board.”

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”