Safe Spaces Now: running for safety, for change, and for freedom

LimeLight Sports Club has partnered with UN Women UK and Stylist Strong Women ahead of the world-renowned ASICS London 10K on 10th July to create: A solidarity campaign inviting people to take to the streets of London to run for safety, for change and for freedom.

Supporters of the campaign will run alongside thousands of others through the streets of Westminster for the only closed-road 10K in London this Summer. The team will run united past the Houses of Parliament to call for our public spaces to be safer and more inclusive for all. Vital funds raised will go towards delivering the educational programmes needed to inspire behavioural change through partnership with UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now initiative.

Launched by UN Women UK in 2020, the aim of the Safe Spaces Now initiative is to make the design of public spaces, and the behaviour within them, free from sexual harassment. Solutions are being implemented by partners in public transport, festivals, nightlife, workplaces, educational institutions and online spaces.

“This partnership with UN Women UK and Stylist Strong Women will help to educate, raise awareness and empower our runners to feel safer whilst exercising outdoors,” said James Robinson, CEO LimeLight Sports Club.

Limelight Sports Club will be donating £5 from the sale of each Stylist Strong Women x Safe Spaces Now ASICS London 10K ticket to the Safe Spaces Now initiative. Runners taking part will also be given the option to fundraise for the cause.

UN Women UK is aiming to train 10,000 people to prevent sexual harassment in public spaces this year. Funds raised will help the charity deliver training in schools, universities and local communities to tackle sexual harassment and abuse from the root by improving understanding of consent and gender-based violence.

“I am so inspired by the passion and the power of the thousands of people in the Safe Spaces Now community who are making this change possible. This project will not only bring people together to reclaim the streets that they deserve to feel safe in a moment of protest against the status quo and celebration of a new era of focus, but it will gain the attention of decision-makers who together, we have the power to influence,” said Claire Barnett, Executive Director of UN Women UK.

“We have been inundated with feedback from our readers about the fear of street harassment when running alone and are striving to make the changes needed to help women exercise safely in public. We feel strongly that this isn’t a problem for women who are fearful to solve, but to work in solidarity with all aspects of community to make our public spaces safer. Which is why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Limelight Sport for the ASICS London 10K and the UN Women UK Safe Spaces Now initiative, to celebrate the power of community and moving the conversation from being about what women can do to stay safe while running, to how, as a society, we can inspire behavioural change,” said Miranda Larbi, Editor, Stylist Strong Women

9.30am Sunday 10th July 2022
105 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NJ

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Hashtags: #ASICSLDN10K #safespacesnow
Social Handles: @thelondon10k @unwomenuk @strongwomenuk

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