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Sadiq Khan launches £44m investment into tackling violence against women and girls in Camden

PUBLISHED: 12:04 14 March 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to launch his strategy tackling violence against women and girls.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to launch his strategy tackling violence against women and girls.

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has backed the Mayor of London’s commitment to calling out sexist and misogynistic attitudes.

Sadiq Khan was visiting the Eton Avenue school to launch his £44m investment into tackling violence against women and girls in the capital.

Despite describing London as “one of the safest cities in the world for women”, on average 11 women and girls are raped or sexually assaulted in each of the capital’s 32 boroughs every week, while domestic abuse accounts for a tenth of all crimes reported to the Metropolitan police.

The Mayor joined students and staff at Central in a discussion with women who have experienced harassment and now work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women’s group Imkaan.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The safety of all Londoners is my first priority and as a proud feminist I find it unacceptable that any woman or girl in our city should experience these devastating crimes.

“As we mark 100 years since the first women were entitled to vote it is time for every Londoner to call out sexist and misogynistic attitudes wherever they encounter them – in the workplace, at school, on the streets or on public transport.

“My new strategy puts forward a package of measures to intervene and prevent violence against women and girls, to tackle dangerous individuals who pose a risk in our communities, and to improve services for victims who have already suffered so much.

“I want every woman and girl to be safe and to feel safe wherever they are in our great city – and will use all the levers available to us at City Hall to make this a reality.”

The SU has recently led on a campaign launched together with the School – “Central says enough” – to address the issue of sexual harassment and violence on campus by bringing a zero-tolerance commitment to every corner of the institution.

SU president Jake Saunders said: “Central says enough is a truly collaborative, preventative model for tackling sexual harassment and violence on our campus.

“We are working with our institution to implement a number of zero-tolerance practices that we hope will begin to become engrained in life at our school.”

For more information about the campaign, visit centralsu.com.

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