Jess Phillips, Labour MP and shadow minister for domestic violence, has named in the House of Commons women who have been killed by a man who has been charged or convicted in the UK.
Every March Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, reads out the names of every woman killed in an act of violence during the week of International Women’s Day.
However, in 2021 there was more focus on her speech than usual after the death of Sarah Everard, 33, who disappeared while walking home in South London. Her remains were found in woodland in Kent.
Wayne Couzens, 48, a serving police officer, has been charged with her kidnap and murder. This has sparked fear and anger across the UK.
Mrs Phillips said that “killed women are not vanishingly rare. Killed women are common.”
Here are some of the women from the West Midlands named by Mrs Phillips:
Marie Gladders, 51, who was murdered in Stockland Green, Birmingham in November 2020 by Mark Masefield.
Kimberley Deakin, 29, from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent who was murdered by a police officer in 2020.
Christina Rowe, 28, from Worcester, who was murdered in February 2021 by Charles Byrne.
Kerry Woolley, 38, was found dead at her home in Solihull.
Mrs Philips named more than 100 women in total.
“I am angry at the fact that these women were killed by the hands of men who thought it was okay to behave in such a manner”.
Simron Jakhu, from Wolverhampton, expressed her concerns about the women who were named in the Commons.
She said: “I’m angry at the fact that these women were killed by the hands of men who thought it was okay to behave in such a manner.”
She added: “It’s scary, as a woman, to be walking at night because you don’t know if this could happen to you or not. We have to always have our guard up. We’re scared in case anything happens because you never know who could do what to you at any time.”
The video of Jess Philips reading out the names of the women killed by men was posted by on YouTube and received more than 8,000 dislikes.
Simron Jakhu said: “I’m angered by the fact that this video has that many dislikes. I don’t understand why anyone would want to dislike a video that is addressing such an important situation. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.”
Mrs Phillips said: “Let’s pray every day and work every day to make sure nobody’s name ends up on this list again.”