Women’s safety: has anything changed since Sarah Everard? Listen to a special episode of the Uncovered Podcast

One year on from the murder of Sarah Everard, we ask if anything’s changed when it comes to women’s safety, in the latest episode of Uncovered.

<p>Sarah Everard’s death sparked a national outcry - but has anything changed for women?</p>

Sarah Everard’s death sparked a national outcry - but has anything changed for women?

In this episode we look at the campaigning that has taken place and some of the practical tools being introduced that are designed to make women more safe.

On the evening of 3 March 2021, Wayne Couzens used his handcuffs and warrant card to snatch Sarah Everard as she walked home from visiting a friend in Clapham, south London. A court has since heard that he accused her of breaking the Covid-19 lockdown in a “false arrest”.

In June 2021, Couzens pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard and in July 2021 pleaded guilty to her murder.

In September, he was given a whole life order - meaning he will never be released from prison.

Her murder sparked national outcry and started a wider conversation around the safety of women on the streets and sexism at large.

We speak to campaigner Patsy Stevenson about her experience since she was arrested at a vigil held for Sarah Everard in the days after her murder.

Emma Kay tell us about the WalkSafe app she’s developed following her personal experiences of fearing for her safety.

Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse tells us about her efforts to create a transformation in culture towards women.

Alice Jackson founder of the ‘Strut Safe’ initiative, which aims to help women get home safely, tells us how the idea was born in the days following Sarah’s murder.

Founder of Catcalls of London, Farah Benis also joins us on the podcast to talk about how she is working for change, emphasising the importance of education in tackling this issue.

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