Increased Safety for Women in Kilburn

21 January 2020

Pubs and clubs across Kilburn – one of the borough’s biggest night time economies - have pledged to keep their female customers and staff safer in the lead-up to a busy year for Brent.

Licensees are being encouraged to sign up to the Women’s Night Safety Charter to provide staff with extra training to spot and deal with any safety issues.

Brent is to play host to several large-scale events kicked off by the spectacular RISE event (January 18) held outside Wembley Stadium as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020.

Later on this year, Kilburn will host a mile-long street party called The Kilburn High, along High Road which is London’s oldest, longest and liveliest road, on Saturday, July 11.

Brent Council is supporting licensees with free training and Brent’s Chief Executive, Carolyn Downs, will champion the cause.

She said: “Women’s safety is a key concern for us as we enter a very busy and exciting time for our borough. Ensuring women have the confidence to enjoy the celebrations is essential to Brent playing host to such big events in the future as a community where everyone feels safe and welcome.”

Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, urged all licensees to get involved.

He said: “Brent will become a magnet for business over the next year with thousands of extra visitors and local people who are expected to join in the celebrations and businesses should feel the benefit in terms of increased sales.

“Our aim is to keep women feeling as safe as possible on a night out and help them feel confident about fully engaging with our chance to shine as a borough.”

Businesses that would like to get involved can email:  community.safety@brent.gov.uk

More information on the Women’s Night Safety Charter can be found: Women’s Night Safety Charter, or alternatively: the Mayor’s website.

Once signed up, businesses will receive a window sticker recognising that they have signed up to the Charter and that they take women’s safety at night seriously.

Other Councils to sign up include: Hackney, Havering, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Waltham Forest