With ASICS London 10k taking place on 10 July, UN Women UK, Stylist Strong Women and LimeLight Sports Club have teamed up to campaign for security, change and freedom in London.
UN Women’s Safe Spaces Now initiative in the UK aims to redesign public spaces and people’s behaviors to free them from sexual harassment. Supporters of the campaign will take to the streets of Westminister to raise the funds needed to provide educational programs to inspire change.
Already, solutions are being deployed on public transportation, festivals, educational facilities and online platforms to learn the changes needed to prevent bullying, but the problem faced by women who are afraid to exercise outdoors has yet to be addressed.
Strong stylist women are flooded with comments from their readers about experiencing street harassment when running alone. Together with LimeLight Sports Club and UN Women UK, they are trying to make it safer for women to exercise in public. The goal is to shift the conversation from ‘what women can do to stay safe’ to how we can bring about changes in behavior as a society.
UN Women in the UK aims to train 10,000 people this year in schools, universities and local communities to prevent sexual harassment in public spaces, tackle the underlying cause and improve society’s understanding of gender-based consent and violence. LimeLight Sports Club will donate £ 5 from the sale of each ASICS London 10,000 ticket to the Safe Spaces Now cause. Participating runners will also be able to raise funds.
“I’m very inspired by the passion and power of the thousands of people in the Safe Spaces Now community who are making this change possible. It will bring people together to take back the paths they deserve to feel safe in and to gain the attention of decision-makers who together have the power to influence. ”- Claire Barnett, Executive Director of UN Women MB.
For more than 10 years, UN Women has worked in some of the most dangerous cities to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, with a mission to make public spaces inclusive for all.
Sexual harassment is related to unwanted behaviors that include sexual touching, abusive language about one’s gender, sharing clear clear images without consent, sexual assault, and rape. According to the survey, seven in 10 women in the UK have been sexually harassed and only 3% of 18-24 year olds said they have not been sexually harassed.
The Mayor of London signed up and vowed to change these statistics through the ‘Women overnight Safety Charter’, which has prompted businesses to commit to doing more. However, UN Women MB saw an urgent need to scale these commitments and provide guidance and monitoring to create successful long-term solutions. Attending ASICS London 10k aims to further raise awareness and make this possible.
ASICS London 10k
9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2022
105 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NJ
Hashtags: # ASICSLDN10K #safespacesnow
Social traits: @ thelondon10k @unwomenuk @strongwomenuk
If you are affected by or have been a victim of sexual harassment or abuse and are struggling, talking to a counselor or therapist can be really helpful.
To contact a counselor, visit the Counseling Office.