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EVAW Coalition monthly bulletin
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EVAW Bulletin, #16days 2014
New commitments to protect vital women’s support services
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this week (25 November) there were key announcements on funding for specialist women’s support services.
The Government announced a new £10m fund to support refuges across England, and are set to announce new grants for grassroots groups working to end FGM.
On the same day the Labour Party announced that it would set aside a £3m fund to protect the national network of refuges and to continue support for rape crisis centres.
We welcome these steps in the right direction and look forward to detail about exactly what the spending commitments will look like when they're fleshed out.
The commitments follow intense campaigning activity by EVAW members including Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis, IKWRO, Imkaan, Womankind and many others. It is good to see Government and Opposition attending to the urgent funding crisis in specialist women’s services at the end of a year that has also seen high level attention to girls’ rights and the continuing Home Office-led Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
Before the end of the year EVAW and Everyday Sexism will publish the responses from party leaders to our letters asking them to commit to making Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory as a key measure to prevent abuse of women and girls. Watch this space.
Compulsory SRE is one of five key pledges EVAW and our supporters are asking all candidates for election next May to make in our Women’s Safety Manifesto which was made available with to activists with a toolkit this week.
EVAW staff news
Director Holly Dustin is now on maternity leave. Her colleague Sarah Green, EVAW’s Campaigns Manager, will be Acting Director in her absence. You can contact any of the EVAW team here.
And finally – who’s your #Sexist2014 ?
Last year’s winner Robin Thicke will be reluctant to relinquish his crown (which he inherited from George Galloway who had it for 2012), but it is time to nominate your sexist of the year – will it be a singer, a politician, someone in business? A football club or a TV company? Let us know by tweeting with hashtag #Sexist2014 or emailing email@example.com with ‘sexist2014’ in the subject box.
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Make SRE Compulsory in Schools - Petition
Schools Safe 4 Girls
Women's Safety Manifesto - General Election 2015
Media Sexism & Pornography
We supported our member Rape Crisis South London in their successful #banrapeporncampaign to criminalise the possession of pornography depicting rape.
We worked with members Imkaan and Object on Rewind+Reframe, supporting young women to speak out against racism and sexism in music videos and calling on the music industry and regulators to take action.
Protecting Women's Services
We support our members in lobbying and campaigning to ensure that specialist VAWG support services are available for all women and girls who experience violence.
We have also published research exposing the patchy provision of specialist women's support services.
Our Women's Safety Manifesto is calling for commitments from politicians to back these services when they stand for election in May 2015.
Women’s and human rights groups from across the UK came together in 2005 to form the EVAW Coalition and to campaign for a joined up approach to ending all violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Our joint campaigning has led to joined up strategies to end VAWG in Westminster, Wales, London as well as several local areas. We have exposed the postcode lottery of women's support services in the Map of Gaps campaign, given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about media sexism and made sure governments keep their promises to take action on VAWG. In the last 12 months we have called for the UK to sign up to the new European Convention on Violence Against Women, which the PM recently committed to doing.
We work creatively to expose and challenge attitudes that tolerate violence against women – for example publishing surveys revealing the scale of sexual harassment in schools and beyond.
Our influences reaches the highest levels, including Downing Street (see our Co-Chair Marai Larasi with the PM on International Women's Day below), and is drawn from the experience of our members at the grassroots.
More on our impact here.
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