International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Women Of The World Unite! (And Men Too)

Jemma Wayne | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

But we have come too far to go backwards. We have woken to the notion that consent and respect must be entrenched in the way we treat both girls and boys from the very beginnings. And whether it is in media, in schools, in our homes, or on the streets, we must all speak out loudly against the small, 'harmless' transgressions that ultimately put women at risk. We must not return to slumber.

Despite A Trump Victory, I'm Still Hopeful About Eliminating Violence Against Women

Emma Fulu | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Fulu

I believe in the profound strength and wisdom of the women and girls, men and boys around the world who are leading this charge. They work tirelessly to challenge the harmful norms and beliefs that drive violence; to respond with compassion and care to survivors; and hold perpetrators to account.

We Will Bring Down Rates Of Violence Against Women

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Patricia Scotland QC

As the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I stand with millions of men and women around the world to say NO to violence! We will not accept that violence is a part of culture. We reject any suggestions that women and girls are mere possessions to be used and abused.

One Clear Action Our Government Can Take To End Violence Against Women: Closing Yarl's Wood

Sarah Cope | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

Today, as people across the globe will come together for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, there is one very clear action our Government can take to show it is serious about rejecting Trump's attitudes to women - closing Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.

Violence Against Women And Girls Is Not Inevitable

Kate Osamor | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Osamor

Today is marked by activists and survivors with rage and disbelief, and ultimately a sense of frustration. Another year has passed and across the globe millions more women and girls have been brutalised or killed at the hands of predominately male perpetrators. Violence against women and girls continues to be at epidemic proportion. Returning to this day, year on year only to feel aghast and ashamed at the sheer scale of gender-based violence will do little to change the plight of women and girls across the globe. What we need to do is prevent the violence from happening in the first place.

Why Isn't Every MP Wearing a White Ribbon Today?

Clare O'Neill | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

With the Chancellor's autumn statement in parliament today, there is enough to distract us from the small white ribbon on Jeremy Corbyn's lapel. The r...

Ending Violence Against Girls and Women: What Hope for the Future?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

According to the United Nations, globally 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence and often at the hands of a partner or family member. This is not just something happening somewhere else, in somebody else's family. It is everywhere and everybody needs to be concerned about it.

Women and Children Are Still Dying - I Can't Walk Away From That

Ceri | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK

Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I commend any campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence, but for me - this is my every day. Each year there are 100,000 victims at high-risk of being seriously injured or killed in the UK. And those are the ones we know about. And that is why I do the job...

We Will Live in a World Where Women and Girls Can and Will Live Free From Violence

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

We now have, for the first time, explicit targets to eliminate violence against women in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These demand accelerated action. When more than 70 world leaders took the podium in New York at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment on 27 September 2015, the majority named ending violence against women and girls as a priority for action. It is indeed a priority. I believe that if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world--a Planet 50-50--where women and girls can and will live free from violence.

Jessica Elgot

This Man Treated 30,000 Victims Of War Rape - He's Worried About Europe | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG -- Rising anti-immigration rhetoric in Europe is a "worrying" trend that could lead to more discrimination, the Congolese winner of the Eur...

A Force for Change in Women's Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Lee Webster

Violence against women isn't confined to one country, culture or way of life... To tackle it, we need to dig down into the root causes - the unequal power relations between women and men, and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours which condone and promote violence. These don't change overnight, the world has been built on male privilege...

Why I am Supporting International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Karen Ruimy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

It's a sad fact that violent abuse is more often than not suffered behind the closed doors of the family home, indeed HALF of all women who die from homicide are killed by a current or former partner... This has got to stop, and yes, we do have the power to help our sisters through education and support.

UK Asylum System Puts Women at Risk of Violence

Maurice Wren | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

While the government is taking important steps both here and abroad to address violence against women, its harsh asylum policies are still leaving thousands of women a year exposed to unacceptable levels of violence here in the UK. This is a well documented problem which has existed for far too long.

Why Do We Need an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ann-Marie Wilson

A total elimination of all violence against women and girls may be hard to imagine but each day I think about saving one girl from FGM. This means she is spared from a painful, traumatic and potentially fatal procedure.

Voice of a Woman

Dr Scilla Elworthy | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Scilla Elworthy

Today we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Two weeks ago on Armistice Day we remembered those who died in the wars of last century and this. In just over two weeks' time the Nobel Peace Prize will be presented in Oslo to three women. The connection is this. A century ago 80% of the casualties in war were soldiers, 20% were civilians; today that ratio is reversed. In war zones such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, the death toll has reached more than 5 million - the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II - where one of the main weapons of war is rape.