Remember their names

Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant (Kim), Delaina Ashley Yaun González and Sarah Everard.

Today, on the last day of Women’s History Month, we remember the 8 women, shown in the media, who had their lives cut short by violence.  These women will not remain a nameless statistic, they are not faceless victims.

Soon Chung Park was a hard-working mother of five, providing for her children in Korea. Yong Ae Yue loved sharing her home-made Korean food and karaoke with her loved ones. Xiaojie Tan was a business owner, who in a few days was planning to celebrate her 50th birthday. Daoyou Feng a committed worker, who was quiet and kind. Hyun Jung Grant an ex- elementary school teacher in Korea, who loved to be the life of the party and adored dancing. Sun Cha Kim was a caring grandmother to a big family, who called her granddaughter every week to tell her to ‘stay strong in life’. Delaina Ashley Yaun González was a devoted mother who recently got married with a 9 month old baby girl and son by her side. And Sarah Everard, an intelligent and young marketing executive, who had studied human geography at Durham University.

They were all incredibly strong and kind.

Violence against women and hate crimes continue to be a systemic issue; there is the omnipresent misogyny that we are reminded of every time we hear these stories. These incidents occurred in London and Atlanta, in two of the most privileged countries on the globe. They were innocent women, murdered whilst going about their daily lives. It is a struggle that we must overcome. For every woman, hearing this story of brutality is harrowing. It is a reminder of the collective experience of women, every unsolicited touch, every uncomfortable gaze, and every disturbing comment.

So today, we remember these names with all of our might and loud voices. We stand in solidarity against this senseless violence, with every named or unnamed women who have been lost. We must demand change. To ensure every single woman’s safety on a legislative, educational, local, and individual level. May they rest in peace, in the knowledge, we will fight endlessly to ensure this never happens again.

Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant (Kim), Delaina Ashley Yaun González and Sarah Everard.

Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant (Kim), Delaina Ashley Yaun González and Sarah Everard.

Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz is the sole survivor of the Atlanta attack, still remaining hospital care. Finally, Rest in Peace, Paul Andre Michels, the last victim of the Atlanta attack.

Links to the GoFundMe pages to donate if you have the means:

  • https://uk.gofundme.com/f/memorial-for-yong-yue-and-family
  • https://uk.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-sun-cha-kim
  • https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-husband-of-soon-c-park-victim-of-spa-shooting
  • https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-and-family-financial-support
  • https://uk.gofundme.com/f/support-family-of-xiaojie-tan-slain-spa-owner
  • https://uk.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-hyunjungkim-to-support-my-brother-i
  • https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/reclaimthesestreets

– Hannah (English and History)

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