Petition signing: How are Black, Brown and Migrant Women' Murders being Investigated?
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We call for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure all investigations involving black, brown and migrant women and girls are properly conducted.
We are all affected by the tragic killing of Sarah Everard. All women deserve to live in safety and without fear. The disparity between the way Sarah Everard's disappearance and death and that of Blessing Olusegun's was reported and investigated speaks to another issue - the invisibility of Black, brown and migrant women.
Blessing Ayomide Adetutu Olusegun was found dead in Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex, September 18th 2020, just hours after speaking to her boyfriend on the phone. Blessing was on a one-week work placement as a live-in carer for elderly people as part of her studies.
When sisters, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were reported missing in 2020, there was no immediate response from the police, resulting in their mother conducting the initial search. When the sisters were found dead in Wembley Park, officers dehumanised the women by taking photos of their bodies and sending the photos onto friends.
Sadly, it has been shown time and time again that the abuse and murder of Black, Brown and migrant women are not treated the same. All women deserve to be seen and recognised, regardless of race, religion and creed, all of our stories and experiences matter.
We call on our allies to step forward and speak out for all women.
We all have a responsibility to amplify the voices of the voiceless. This message is a call to action to protect all women and girls.
We stand with all families who have lost their daughters, sisters, mothers, aunties and friends to acts of senseless violence.
The amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords called for the introduction of a non-discrimination clause to ensure that all women who experience domestic abuse receive equal and effective protection. However, more needs to be done.
WE CALL FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- The statistics on the murders and violence against black and brown women should be appropriately recorded and readily available - Better reporting of the murders, rape and violence against black and brown women and girls within the media - We call for conscious and unconscious bias training for the police and better investigations in cases involving black, brown and migrant women and girls - We call for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure all investigations involving black, brown and migrant women and girls are properly conducted - MPs, local councillors, council officers, stakeholders and community leaders must champion this cause.
“...Whatever effects one directly, affects all indirectly.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Please sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/ActionforBlackBrownMigrantWomen