Cabinet Member statement on 3rd August vigil for Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman
A message from Cllr Lucia das Neves, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Well-Being:
Vigils are taking place across London today to remember the lives of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, sisters who were tragically murdered last year.
Unfortunately, crimes of this nature are far too common.
These occurrences of violence against women and girls are a stark reminder of the vast amount of work that needs to be done to ensure that women everywhere can feel safe in public spaces but also in their own homes.
Approximately 2 women are killed every week in the UK. This is not the reality we want for women today and in the future. We want them to feel safe, to be believed and to be valued.
To make Haringey safer for women and girls and to create a brighter future for our young people, we need to continue advocating for change and gender equality.
As the Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing I will do everything within my power to ensure that we continue in the fight against male violence and to champion women’s rights. We support survivors from all communities and we will continue to work in an intersectional way.
As a tribute to Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, and to show our support for the movement, we have changed the colours on our social media platforms to orange, and Alexandra Palace will also be illuminated orange in alliance.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to their family. And we join with them in seeking justice and change.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of violence, then please seek help. More information is available on our website.
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