Women call on Council to turn the spotlight on making streets safe
Women on the march in Alexandria to have streets made safe for them.
By Bill Heaney
Women in West Dunbartonshire marched through Alexandria’s dimly-lit streets to campaign for more protection for women after dark.
Since they had a similar Reclaim the Night demonstration two years ago, there has been a 51% rise in sex crimes in West Dunbartonshire.
“This is unacceptable in an area where poverty dominates much of the landscape for women,” said Louise Robertson, one of the women in the protest march.
Emma McKerry added: “This event will give us a chance to make our voices heard and to force the council and Scottish government to reverse all austerity measures that endanger our lives disproportionately.
“It is a scandal that women in West Dunbartonshire live five years less than our counterparts in East Dunbartonshire, in towns such as Milngavie and Bearsden.”
The participants met at the top of Mitchell Way before marching along Main Street then Stephen Street, Gray Street and Susannah Street.
This was near to where an attack on a 49-year-old woman took place in August 2016.
Louise Robertson said: “Let’s say NO to sexual harassment in the work place, in our homes and on the streets.”