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EVAW Bulletin, April 2016

5 May elections: what pledges are candidates making to end abuse of women and girls?

 

Parliament to examine sexual violence in schools

 

EVAW has moved, and will be recruiting soon

 

ICYMI: Powerful short film on racialized sexual harassment

 

5 May elections: what pledges are candidates making to end abuse of women and girls?

EVAW and our member Imkaan launched a joint manifesto on ending violence against women and girls for the London Mayoral elections and sent this to candidates asking them to sign up. We are tracking candidates’ responses and comments on violence against women and girls issues here, and are pleased to have received considered responses from Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan as well as other Mayoral hopefuls.

 

The parties all sent representatives to our violence against women and girls hustings on 12 April which was attended by more than 100 people (and generously hosted by Freshfields). Sky News journalist Afua Hirsch brilliantly probed Stephen Greenhalgh, Stella Creasy, Sian Berry, Annabel Mullin and Sophie Walker on exactly what they would do to prevent abuse in the capital.

 

Across England and Wales, EVAW and our members are also lobbying Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, who now have significant victims’ services commissioning powers as well as powers over the police. We’re asking them to pledge to make violence against women and girls a priority, to improve police performance in response to these crimes, to ensure local specialist women’s support services are enabled to survive, to act cautiously in regard to ‘restorative justice’, and to review policing responses to and support services for prostitution. You can petition your PCC candidates using our materials here.

 

Parliament to examine sexual violence in schools

EVAW warmly welcomed the Women and Equalities Select Committee announcement this month that it is holding an inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. An alarming BBC FOI investigation last year revealed that around 200 rapes in schools are recorded by police every year, and many surveys, including our own in 2010, have shown sexual harassment to be endemic.

 

Also this month, EVAW spoke at Shadow Preventing Abuse Minister Sarah Champion MP’s Round Table in Parliament on the need for compulsory Sex and Relationships Educations alongside many others.

 

EVAW has moved, and will be recruiting soon

EVAW has moved. We are now at 3rd Floor, Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT. We will also be recruiting in early June. Please watch this space and share this with anyone you know who might like to join our team.

 

ICYMI: Powerful short film on racialized sexual harassment

EVAW and Imkaan launched this powerful film in March, at the beginning of the long election campaign, to get a conversation going about young Black women’s experiences of abuse in public places. Please share it and join the conversation.

 

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We are very grateful for the support of all our supporters and funders, including Esmée Fairbairn, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Trust for London, the Coutts Foundation, and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

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