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Making the domestic abuse bill work for survivors - Women's Aid

Currently, the domestic abuse bill is silent on this issue of unsafe family courts and child contact.This is where we come in.

Our Child First campaign is calling for the bill to deliver safe child contact arrangements for children in cases of domestic abuse, and new protections to make the family courts safer for survivors. We keep survivors at the heart of our work and campaign to ensure their voices are heard. Read more about our work on the domestic abuse bill and keeping children safe below.

Girls not Brides calls for ban on child marriages in Britain

A global campaign to end child marriage is focusing on Britain, where campaigners say the law fails to protect under-18s.

The legal age for marriage in England and Wales is 18, but children aged 16 and 17 can marry with parental consent. Activists believe consent can mean coercion.

Girls Not Brides, a global partership of more than 1,000 organisations seeking to end child marriage, is calling for weddings of under-18s to be made illegal. Its proposals would include all cases where either party is British or lives in the UK.

Make it mandatory for employers to take steps against workplace sexual harassment – Young Women’s Trust

Young Women’s Trust has joined forces with the TUC to call on the Government to end workplace sexual harassment by making it mandatory for employers to take preventative steps. The coalition of charities and trade unions is petitioning the minister for women and equalities, Penny Mordaunt, to put a legal duty on employers to take proactive action to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces. 

Young Women’s Trust media manager Bex Bailey said:

Help Stop Women Being Denied Justice After Rape

Women and girls across the country are discovering that if they are raped, there is very little chance of the man who raped them ever being brought to justice.

The catastrophic drop in rape prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service requires immediate action - we're mounting a legal challenge, with End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), against the CPS and we need your help.

Tommy Robinson: women’s groups reject euro election bid – EVAW

Anger at far right leader’s pledge of MEP salary to rape victims – women call out racism and misogyny

Reacting with fury against so-called ‘Tommy Robinson’s’ candidacy in the Euro elections, and his outrageous use of campaigning messages related to child sexual abuse, 43 women and women’s organisations have written an open letter to voters and community leaders in the North West region, rejecting his vile claims and calling out his racism and misogyny.

Pay back the Tampon Tax to women's sector

Money collected from VAT on period products known as the Tampon Tax was pledged for women's health and support charities in November 2015. Most of the money has instead been awarded to other charities that are not focused on women's health and support and local women's charities are missing out on money which was pledged for them.

Honour the promise and make sure the Tampon Tax money is dedicated to women's charities.

Vivienne Hayes of Women's Resource Centre says:

Support Southall Black Sisters & Latin American Womens Rights Service #ProtectionForAll

Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting #ProtectionForAll: Domestic Abuse Bill and Migrant Women on the 18th of March in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the Domestic Abuse Bill and put forward amendments which uphold migrant women’s human rights to safety and justice.

SBS and LAWRS are calling for:

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