Joint letter in response to racist attack on Selma Taha, CEO of Southall Black Sisters

Dear Commissioner

We are writing in solidarity with and support of Selma Taha, CEO of Southall Black Sisters, following the sickening racist abuse she experienced on the 29th September 2023.

We are horrified at this vile racist attack and disgusted that one of our colleagues was subject to this hatred. It is deplorable that a Metropolitan Police Officer stood by and failed to de-escalate the situation, intervene and do their duty.

We are writing to you in our full support of Southall Black Sister’s call for accountability, and to demand appropriate action is taken with regards to the attacker and the police officer. We continue to see a chasm between the Met’s commitments to culture change and the institutional racism and misogyny which continue to undermine safety and justice for Black and minoritised women.

We look forward to hearing from you as to how you will address this chasm.

Yours sincerely,

Farah Nazeer, CEO, Women’s Aid Federation of England

Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition

Harriet Wistrich, Solicitor and Director, Centre for Women’s Justice

Sue Coleman, CEO, West Mercia Women’s Aid

Paula Nolan, CEO, Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service

Elaine Langshaw, CEO, Newcastle Women’s Aid

Shaminder Ubhi, Director, Ashiana Network

Sara Britnell, CEO, Wycombe Women’s Aid

Vicky Bunnage, CEO, Crossroads Derbyshire

Ursula Lindenberg, CEO, VOICES

Hayley Brewer, Manager, Independent Choices Greater Manchester

Shigufta Khan, CEO, The Wish Centre

Jo Gough, CEO, RISE

Yasmin Khan, Director, The Halo Project

Rebecca Radcliffe, Director, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services

Surwat Sohail, CEO, Roshni

Sawsan Salim, Director, Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO)

Jan Tasker, Co-CEO, Collaborative Women UK

Aneta Mackell, CEO, Opoka,

Hannah Ashford, CEO, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)

Valerie Lolomari, CEO, Women of Grace UK

Saskia Lightburn-Ritchie, CEO, MyCWA

Sarah Dagley, CEO, NIDAS

Nik Peasgood, CEO, Leeds Women’s Aid

Sarah Hill, CEO, IDAS

Yasmin Khan, CEO, Staying Put

Suzanne Jacob, CEO, SafeLives

Elaine Yates, CEO, Coventry Haven

Nicky Harkin and Jodie Woodward, Co-Chairs, Rape Crisis England & Wales

Colette Byrne, CEO, Broxtowe Women’s Project

Kathryn Hinchliff, CEO, Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership

Constanze Sen, CEO, Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid

Claire Johnson, CEO, Bexley Women’s Aid

Mary Wakeham, CEO, Refuge4Pets

Heidi Riedel, CEO, Woman’s Trust

Caroline Phansi, CEO, Contento Social Homes

Shonagh Dillon, CEO, Aurora New Dawn

Charlotte Kneer, CEO, I Choose Freedom

Anna Walsh, CEO, CHADD

Carey Philpott, CEO, SATEDA

Richinda Taylor, CEO. EVA Women’s Aid

Beverley Jones, Chief Executive, Next Chapter

Souad Talsi, Interim CEO, Al-Hasaniya Morroccan Women’s Project,

Hollie Venn, Chief Executive, Sheffield Women’s Aid

Denise March-Palmer, Interim CEO, Stepping Stones Luton

Tori O’Callaghan-Lake, CEO, Springfield Domestic Abuse Support Service

Donna Cullimore, CEO, Finding freedom from abuse

Angie Herrera, Director, Latin American Women’s Aid

Niki Scordi, Chief Executive, Advance

Samantha Fisher, CEO, Trafford Domestic Abuse Services

Sharon Howard, CEO, Safe in Sussex

Salma Ali, Manager, Preston Domestic Violence Services

Priya Chopra, Chief Executive, Saheli

Mandy Green, Head of Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid

Gaby Price, CEO, Women’s Aid in Luton

Angie Stewart, CEO, Cambridge Women’s Aid

Charlotte Almond, Chief Executive, Staffordshire Women’s Aid

Gail Heath, CEO, Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women’s Aid

Debbie Hughes, Chief Executive, Living Without Abuse

Claire Lambon, CEO, Stop Domestic Abuse

Sophie McGoff, CEO, Women’s Aid Leicestershire

Hannah Ashford, CEO, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

Maureen Connolly, CEO, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid

Fran Ellis, CEO, Rising Sun Kent

Sue Burke, CEO, MK-Act Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

Sahdaish Pall, CEO, Sikh Women’s Aid Nicola Miller, Chief Executive, The Dash Charity,

Jodie Woodward, Chief Executive, NIA

Gisela Valle, Executive Director, Latin American Women’s Rights Service

Estelle du Boulay, Director, Rights of Women

Jasmine Mohammad, Director, Safety4Sisters

Gurpreet Virdee, CEO, Women and Girls Network

Diana Nammi, Executive Director, IKWRO

Leni Morris, CEO, Galop

Medina Johnson, Chief Executive, IRISi

Dhriti Suresh Eapen, Senior Project Manager, AVA

Jo Todd, CEO, Respect

Suky Bhaker, CEO, Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Janet Dalrymple, CEO, Safer Places

Nahar Choudhury, CEO, Solace

Tania Woodgate, CEO, Changing Pathways

Elizabeth Matthews, CEO, West Cornwall Women’s Aid

Jatinder Chana, CEO, Asha Projects

Ellen Miller, CEO, Refuge

Stephanie Grimshaw, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Welsh Women’s Aid

Leyla Buran, Campaigns & Policy Manager, White Ribbon UK

Natasha Rattu, Executive Director, Karma Nirvana

Kyla Kirkpatrick, Director, The Drive Partnership

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, CEO, Surviving Economic Abuse

Karen Hague, CEO, Vida Sheffield

Ruth Davany, CEO, Behind Closed Doors

Caroline Grant, CEO, The First Step

Cath Jago, CEO, South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Service

Monica Tuohy, Interim CEO, Jewish Women’s Aid

Alix Simpson, CEO, Berkshire Women’s Aid

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