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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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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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