Shoe protest for Sarah Everard and Doncaster murder victims to be held this weekend

A protest is to be held in Doncaster this weekend to remember Sarah Everard and Amy Leanne Stringfellow as well as dozens of other female murder victims.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:00 pm

People are being asked to leave shoes bearing the names of the pair – as well as other female victims of violence - outside Doncaster courts to demonstrate how women have been failed by the justice system.

The shoes will be to represent the life of a woman lost.

Amy-Leanne was brutally murdered at a house in Balby last summer by Terence Papworth who later killed himself in jail before he could be put on trial over the killing.

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Amy Leanne Stringfellow and Sarah Everard.

Meanwhile, a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with kidnap and murder after Sarah went missing while walking home from a friend's house on 3 March.

A spokesman for Women’s Lives Matter said: “Do vigils for murdered women, be it shoes, flowers or tears change anything? No.

“But does trying to build a movement across all areas of society to push and fight for change? Yes.

“But how do you build a movement? You start a conversation. You start with some action, something that says 'we see what is going on, we see the injustice and we won't stand for it'.

“We are a political campaign that demands services to help women to leave abuse, we demand democratic control of the police and courts, we demand higher benefits and higher pay so that women can afford to leave abusive situations. These practical things are what will help to protect women.

"A vigil, a show of strength and opposition, that is merely the starting point.”

People are asked to lay shoes outside the courts on College Road between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday to remember the pair as well as all the other women across Doncaster and the UK who have been victims of domestic violence during lockdown.

A spokesman added: “Remember this is not a gathering.This is something you can do on your legal daily walk. Drop off your women’s shoes with murdered women’s names on. Drop off your flowers. Drop off your posters saying Not one woman more.“Women’s lives matter.”