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The Murder of Sabina Nessa Amplifies Calls to End Violence Against Women

When we think about meeting up with our friends, we think about the laughs we’ll have together, the food we’ll eat and the memories we’ll make. But for 28-year-old Sabina Nessa from London, she never got to the chance to see her friends.

On September 17th, Sabina was brutally killed. During her five minute walk to meet friends, she was targeted in what has been confirmed as a random yet planned attack on a Muslim woman.

A teacher in South East London, Sabina was adored by all that knew her. Her sister Jebina Yasmin Islam described her as “an amazing, caring, beautiful sister, who left this world far too early”.

Jebina Yasmin Islam speaks at a candlelight vigil for her sister on 24 September 2021

Thousands of people have posted tributes on social media with the tag #SayHerName, with her friends describing Sabina as the “kindest and sweetest woman” they’d ever met.

Several vigils and demonstrations have been set up in her honor, with others placing candles on their doorsteps as a symbol of remembrance.

According to a UK charity, over 105 women have been murdered in cases where a man is the prime suspect. A figure this high means calls are being made to improve women’s safety, not just in the UK, but worldwide.

According to a UK charity, over 105 women have been murdered in cases where a man is the prime suspect.

Questions have also been raised as to why there has been a significant lack of media coverage and pleas to the public, compared to the death of Sarah Everard, a white woman who was abducted and raped before being killed six months prior to Sabina’s passing.

Women internationally are asking for equal attention and support for those from BAME communities in these situations. Others have begged for the safety and protection of women to be prioritized, as up till now, it hasn’t been.

A BBC news correspondent expanded on the killing of Sabina Nessa, saying “Women are not attacked because of our route home; we are not attacked because our walk was not ‘purposeful’ enough, or because of what we were wearing,” she explained. “If a woman is murdered by a man she doesn’t know, it is because he wanted to murder her. There is no other reason.”

We hope that sooner rather than later, women around the world feel safer when walking on the streets, day or night, whether they are black or white, and regardless of what they are wearing.

We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Sabina Nessa, and all those who have lost loved ones in similar heartbreaking situations.

May we all be reunited in Jannat, In Sha Allah.