Following the success of our first alternative Jack the Ripper tour, The Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets, we’re running the tour again on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. This historical walking tour remembers and celebrates the lives of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper – Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. Rather than visit the places where the women were murdered, we take you to the streets where they lived, talk about their lives, and discuss the links through to women’s lives in Tower Hamlets today.
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If you couldn’t make it to our Alternative Jack the Ripper tour or the Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets event – or if you just thought it was that brilliant that you want to see it again – we’ve now put the audio up on Soundcloud and created a Storify to highlight the main issues from the evening and share some pics.
More Alternative Jack the Ripper tours are planned soon, watch this space!
- Lisa Young from Eaves will present findings from their research with women leaving prostitution about what support they need to exit
- Clare G is an author and a survivor of prostitution
- Rebecca Perry manages the Safe Exit project at Toynbee Hall, supporting women to exit prostitution
- Amy Doyle is from the Chrysalis Project, providing accommodation and support for women in prostitution
- Fiona Dwyer is the Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy Manager at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and will talk about their approach to tackling this issue.
Thanks to the 45 residents and Tower Hamlets professionals who attended our public meeting last week. We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss this important local issue together and especially encouraged to hear that Tower Hamlets council are committing to tackling prostitution as a form of violence against women and girls.
We’ll have a more detailed blog post up shortly, but in the meantime, here’s our Storify of the event.
LOCAL RESIDENTS MEET TO PRESENT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR PROSTITUTION
ONE MONTH BEFORE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY, RESIDENTS HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ASKING POLICE AND COUNCIL TO CHANGE APPROACH
We have collected nearly 200 signatures on our petition which appeals to the local authority and the local police to change their current approach to the policing of women in prostitution in the borough. Now, exactly one month before the Olympic Opening Ceremony, we are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 6:30PM at St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green to present the petition to local councillors and discuss an alternative, borough-wide strategy to prostitution in the borough.
Since the campaign launched in April, local police have increased arrests of kerb-crawlers in areas affected by street-based prostitution in the borough and along with other residents, we are now asking for an approach that improves support for women involved in prostitution.
Speakers at the event include Councillor Rania Khan, Marta Dapenda Calvo of Toynbee Hall’s Safe Exit project, a survivor of prostitution and Lily Islam of the Flower & Dean Estate residents group. A representative of the Residents Solidarity Campaign will also speak. All local residents interested in this issue are welcome to attend the event.