Duchess of Cornwall pays tribute to women’s lives ‘brutally ended’ and calls for end to violence against women


The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to women whose lives have been “brutally ended” and implored that their names should “never be forgotten”.

In a passionate speech on the reception for the Shameless! Festival on the Wellcome Collection in London, Camilla known as for motion to stop violence against women.

She acknowledged a quantity of women who’ve died in violent circumstances, together with Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke.

Camilla recalled a sufferer affect assertion learn out in court docket by Sarah Everard’s mom, Susan, describing it as “searing”, and mentioned that every of the women she named “endured unimaginable torment”.

“Together, today, let us resolve to support survivors to be ‘shameless’ and not to take on misplaced feelings of stigma,” she mentioned.

“Through speaking up about our experiences, we break the wall of silence that allows perpetrators to go unpunished and increases the feeling of isolation that so many survivors describe.”

She additionally urged for males to get entangled within the motion, saying they want to be “on board” to deal with violence against women.

“Because how many more women must be harassed, raped or murdered before we truly unite to forge a violence-free world?” Camilla added.

She mentioned {that a} crime survey for England and Wales confirmed that 144,000 women have been victims of rape or tried rape within the final yr, which equates to roughly 16 each hour.

Camilla mentioned she hoped the upcoming Shameless! Festival – a collaboration between the WOW (Women of the World) Foundation, of which she is president, and Birkbeck, University of London’s SHaME (Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters) undertaking – would assist create the world free from violence against women.

Ahead of the reception, Camilla met with Jude Kelly, founder and director of the WOW Foundation, and Julia Gillard, chairwoman of Wellcome, which is supporting the competition.

Other visitors on the occasion included Carrie Johnson, members of the WOW Foundation and representatives of Birkbeck’s SHaME undertaking.

The Shameless! Festival will happen at Battersea Arts Centre on November 27, the place it goals to “bring together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence”.

Camilla has beforehand been an advocate for stopping and addressing the difficulty of sexual violence and harassment.

In 2017, she labored with Boots to launch the Wash Bag Project, a scheme that gives a wash bag of toiletries to sexual abuse survivors throughout the UK.

In September, the duchess was named patron of the Mirabel Sexual Assault Centre in Lagos.

Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy, who additionally was on the occasion, mentioned: “I think this is such a powerful, potent, and timely festival that they’re organising.

“I was blown away by what the Duchess of Cornwall said. I think it shows that there is a revolution taking place where women are not going to take it anymore. I think this festival could be a powerful part of that.”

Additional reporting by PA

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