FOR 16 straight days, charity worker Rebekah Cheung will run a half marathon. Each will be dedicated to the memory of a different woman killed since Sarah Everard.

The feat will see Cheung stride across more than 200 miles to raise funds to combat male violence towards women and girls.

The list of names she’s chosen is harrowing. But perhaps even more affecting are the strategic gaps left in the schedule. These will be used to honour women killed during the course of her challenge.

Cheung, who works for anti-male violence charity White Ribbon Scotland, hopes her efforts will raise awareness of the grim toll of femicide.

“I asked friends how many women they thought had been killed in the UK since Sarah Everard and a lot of them said 20 or 30,” she says. “It’s at 80-plus but not a lot of people seem to know that.”

Sarah Everard was abducted, raped and murdered by off-duty police officer Wayne Couzens, a stranger, while walking home in London in March in a crime that sent shockwaves across the UK.

The National: Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service. Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, will appear at the Old Bailey in London, on the first day of a two-day sentence hearing after pleading guilty to

Geetika Goyal, and Imogen Bohajczuk, both 29, were stabbed to death at home by their partners in separate incidents in Leicester and Oldham on the same day. And the day after that, 16-year-old Wenjing Lin was strangled to death at her family’s takeaway in Wales by a man who, his trial has heard, “wanted revenge on her mother”, to whom he owed money.

The first day of Cheung’s run is dedicated to Goyal and Bohajczuk, the second to Lin.

The 16-day challenge starts on November 25 and coincides with the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that’s been running since 1991 and goes from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women until Human Rights Day on December 10.

On day one, Cheung, who is raising money for White Ribbon Scotland, will run on the concourse of Glasgow Central Station. The rest of the challenge will be completed on a treadmill at her gym for safety reasons, given the dark nights of November and December. While she’s identified women for almost each day, the final two days have been kept open. December 9 will be dedicated to one woman who loses her life to violence in November, with the last saved for “all the women that died over the 16 days”.

“As femicide is so prevalent, we are in no doubt that there will be some women killed at the hands of a man during this period,” Cheung says.

Many of the women who will be remembered in her action are from minority backgrounds, and few received significant public or media attention following their deaths. That is partly down to a culture that fails to recognise the extent of femicide, Cheung says, but also due to the media’s selection of cases to cover. The lack of headlines over violence inflicted upon those from minority ethnic communities masks the fact that so many suffer such brutality, she says, explaining that “we wanted there to be a particular focus upon women from a BME background as they are disproportionately victims of violence against women and girls.”

The 24-year-old has been working for the Glasgow-based charity for three years and says that while general awareness of male violence has increased, there’s still too little understanding of its full impact and the factors behind it. The run, she hopes, will “catch people’s eye”.

She’s done a couple of half-marathons before, but never like this. “We’ll see how it goes,” she says, but she’s determined to finish and is engaged in training, watching old episodes of game show Taskmaster on her iPad to combat the boredom at the gym. It takes her three shows to cover the equivalent of 13.1miles.

“It’s some feat but it will be getting done, by hook or by crook,” she says.

White Ribbon Scotland is part of an international drive that works with men and boys to challenge culture and behaviour that leads to abuse or violence against women and girls.

The movement began in the 1990s in Canada and spread to the UK in 2004.

Going into schools, workplaces and communities, it supports local women’s groups and encourages “reflection and discussion” between males that leads to personal and collective action for change.

To donate to Cheung’s fundraiser and support its work, visit

The names of the women Rebekah is running for

NOV 25: Geetika Goyal and Imogen Bohajczuk, both 29 and killed on March 4.
NOV 26: Wenjing Lin, 16, killed on March 5. 
NOV 27: Stacey Knell, 30. Murdered on March 19 by her partner, who also killed his mum and himself.
NOV 28: Egle Vengaliene, 34. Found dead in a lake on April 9. Her partner was charged.
NOV 29: Mayra Zulfiqar, 26. Killed on May 3. She rejected the proposal of a man charged.
NOV 30: Svetlana Mihalachi, 53. Died on May 12, six weeks after an axe attack. 
DEC 1: Agnes Akom, 20. Disappeared on May 9 and her remains were found on June 14. 
DEC 2: Dedicated to the unidentified women who have died since Sarah Everard. 
DEC 3: Gracie Spinks, 23. Stabbed on June 18 while she looked after her horse.
DEC 4: Patricia Holland, 83. Last seen alive on July 24. Her lodger was charged after partial remains were recovered. 
DEC 5: Maxine Davison, 51, and Kate Shepherd, 66. Shot dead on August 12 by incel Jake Davison. 
DEC 6: Sabina Nessa, 28. Murdered on her way to meet a friend on September 17. 
DEC 7: Terri Harris, 35. Killed with her two young children and their friend on September 19.
DEC 8: Jekouki Jaboa, 31. Stabbed to death on October 2 before her boyfriend killed himself. 
DEC 9: Dedicated to one named woman killed this month. 
DEC 10: Dedicated to all of the women who die in the 16 days.