Ending violence against women and girls

Incorporation of CEDAW into UK law - sign the petition

Members of NEWN and the CEDAW working group have just returned from Geneva where they were working to ensure that the UK government is called to account against its commitments to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

We are being asked to sign a petition about CEDAW on the Government's website and circulate it as widely as possible:


Breaking Down the Barriers: National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

AVA and Agenda have launched the report Breaking Down The Barriers, with the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The report warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.

Discriminatory 'same roof rule' finally to be abolished

A ban on awarding Criminal Injuries Compensation to crime victims who lived with their attacker is finally set to be scrapped, more than half a century after it was introduced. On Thursday 28th February, Ministers took steps to abolish the 55-year-old so-called 'same roof' rule, following long-term campaigning by Rape Crisis and its partners on behalf of victims and survivors whose valid claims are being denied.

Jobs: Aspire

Aspire is recruiting a Data, Evaluation and Social Impact Lead Officer – National Lottery Community Fund (16 hours/week) Funded till September 2021, salary range £22 – 26k per annum (pro-rata). This part-time position will be responsible for leading the planning, monitoring and evaluation of our Supporting Sisters’ Programme to demonstrate the outcomes, social impact and learning of this important work.

The police response to domestic abuse: An update report

This report is the fourth in a series of thematic reports, which consider the response the police service provides to victims of domestic abuse. In March 2014, the first report in this series was published (Everyone’s Business: Improving the Police Response to Domestic Abuse). Unlike in previous reports, no national recommendations are made to forces. But HMICFRS do comment on progress made since previous reports.

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights activists tell the CEDAW Committee

Activists have told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were among UK women’s rights campaigners in Geneva this week to brief a UN committee of women’s rights experts.

Relationships & Sex Education: Women's groups welcome progress

The Government has published the final version of the compulsory Relationships and Sex Education guidance which all schools (in England) must use from 2020. Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “We are very pleased to see that the Government has listened to women’s groups’ concerns about their initial proposals, and has made significant changes to the statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, including significantly better guidance on FGM, forced marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence.


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