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EVAW Bulletin, May 2016

  • What will our new Police & Crime Commissioners and new Mayors do to end Violence Against Women and Girls?
  • Queen’s Speech: Human Rights Act must not be watered down
  • Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Media Awards launched

 
What will our new Police & Crime Commissioners and new Mayors do to end Violence Against Women and Girls?
EVAW has welcomed the new Police & Crime Commissioners and new Mayors elected on 5 May. Police & Crime Commissioners and Mayors have enormous power to transform the response to abuse of women and girls in all its forms. EVAW wrote to all PCC candidatesbefore the elections and we look forward to seeing how those elected will work with local specialist support services to end and prevent abuse in the first place. In London new Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to renew the city’s pioneering violence against women and girls strategy, look into the funding of specialist support services and ensure housing policy in the capital is responsive to the needs of women and children facing abuse.
 
Queen’s Speech: Human Rights Act must not be watered down
EVAW responded to the Queen’s Speech this month and welcomed the commitment to introduce age checks on pornography websites whose impact on young people has been widely documented. We were deeply concerned, however, to see the government push ahead with its plan to replace the Human Rights Act. We expressed grave concern that the human rights legislation we have – which is essential in ensuring access to justice for women and girls who experience violence – is at risk just as we are starting to see it used to challenge engrained poor practice.
 
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Media Awards launched
Also this month, on Press Freedom Day (3 May), we were delighted to launch the inaugural ‘Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Media Awards’. Chaired by author and journalist Joan Smith, these new UK Media Awards aim to encourage greater investment in stories about violence against women and girls that are informed, accurate, sensitive and fair, and that help to ‘set the agenda’ and create public debate and change. Details of what we are looking for and more are available here and questions and nominations are welcome and can be sent to us at:media.awards@evaw.org.uk. Winners will be announced on 25 November 2016, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
 
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