Woman rights: Our society must change

It’s about women’s safety in public, and why we naturally make sure that our girlfriends are home safely. 

Copenhagen Photo by Olivia Yderholm

By Olivia Yderholm

The debate about how unsafe it can be walking alone at night as a woman has been discussed worldwide inrecent weeks after 33-year-old Sarah Everard was killed on her way home from her friend’s house in London.

According to the latest safety survey, conducted by Trygfonden, 16.2% of women in Denmark are afraid to walk in their neighborhood at night. 

We talked to some females in the streets of Copenhagen about how they feel and act when walking alone at night. 

“I always call my mother, and when I lived at home, she always looked out of the window till I was home.” Sofie Bang explains.

“I do not want to wear a hood in the night, even if it is raining, because I don’t have the same ‘view’ and that makes me anxious.” Sara Lystbæk says. 

“Always avoid walking to and from the station and generally being at train stations at night, because they feel unsafe”. Sigrid Fransen tells. 

“I use the trick with the keys between my fingers when I feel insecure. For example, if I’m not feeling comfortable with a person walking close to me.” Amalie Hanson explains.

Train Station Photo by Olivia Yderholm 

Many similar stories and reactions have been shared on social media lately and is clearly a general issue in our society that must change. 

Briton, Stuart Edwards, who lives close to the place where Sarah Everard disappeared, has asked online what he and other men can do to make women feel more secure. You can read some of the answers below.

This is written for an audience in Denmark and could be published on DR.