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EVAW Bulletin, October 2014


UK Parliament & European support for our campaign to prevent abuse of women and girls

 

There is growing support for our #Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign to prevent sexual, domestic and other violence especially through schools with Bills in Parliament on Sex and Relationships Education and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education tabled by Diana Johnson MP and Caroline Lucas MP. We were delighted that Education and Women & Equality Minister Nicky Morgan MP strongly backed our Factsheet for Schools on BBC Woman’s Hour on 1st October.

 

Disturbing victim-blaming, threats and harassment towards the young woman raped by footballer Ched Evans, recently released from prison, show we need to urgently address sexual consent and misogyny. Please sign and share our #SREnow joint petition on compulsory SRE in schools with Everyday Sexism. We have written to all Party Leaders to urge action.

 

EVAW’s Co-Chair, Professor Liz Kelly, gave evidence alongside other experts, to MPs and Peers on the Joint Committee on Human Rights about the need for all Government Departments to join forces on tackling harmful attitudes and behaviours and a sexist culture that enables abuse.

 

Our ground-breaking report, A Different World is Possible, published in 2011 has been  included in papers on prevention for the new European Convention on Violence Against Women and Girls – yet to be ratified by the UK.

 

Success for Rewind&Reframe - age ratings on music videos

 

EVAW welcomed a new pilot age rating music videos online on 1 October and the introduction of age-ratings on music videos sold in shops. This follows the high profile Rewind&Reframe campaign against sexism and racism in music videos by EVAW, Imkaan and Object and our briefing on this issue prepared by Dr Maddy Coy.

 

Wales Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Bill strengthened

 

Congratulations to EVAW members in Wales who have lobbied to strengthen the Bill going through the Welsh Assembly. More here.

 

Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

 

EVAW and our members welcomed publication for the first time of NHS statistics on women subjected to FGM being treated in English hospitals. But we were also deeply saddened to learn of the death of pioneering FGM campaigner and founder of FORWARD, Efua Dorkenoo.

 

EVAW at Party Conferences and General Election 2015

 

EVAW distributed 100s of copies of our Women’s Safety Manifesto and spoke on fringe events on violence against women and girls at Labour Women’s Conference and at a joint event with the Conservative Women’s Organisation at Conservative Party Conference.  Download the manifesto here and tell the Parties how YOU want them to commit to action on women’s safety and equality for the General Election 2015

 

Who is your #Sexist2014?

 

George Galloway’s remarks on rape won it for him in 2012, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines won it for him in 2013. Who’s your Sexist of the Year for 2014? Vote using #Sexist2014 on Twitter or emailing admin@evaw.org.uk. Winner and prize announced in December!

 

EVAW Co-Director news

 

And finally, we say a temporary goodbye to our Co-Director, Holly Dustin, who is going on maternity leave next month. You can contact Co-Director Liz McKean or any of the rest of the team via admin@evaw.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

Please support our campaigning for a safer world for women and girls by making a donation. Every penny helps so many thanks!

 

We are very grateful for the support of all our supporters and funders, including Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Rosa, JMG, Trust for London and Amnesty International UK.

 

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For more information about EVAW seewww.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk