The 16 days of activism campaign ended on 10th December. But the release this week of the Femicide census by Womens Aid shows why it is still necessary. It contains the horrifying statistic that between 2009 and 2015, 936 women were killed by men in England and Wales. It also details under reporting of this type of crimes by official police statistics.
IC Change is campaigning for the UK to ratify the Istanbul Convention which offers a framework to protect prevent and monitor violence against women and girls. On 16th December a private members bill will be presented and the site is currently seeking support. They have created a great set of #ChangeHerstory paper dolls for campaigners to use.
For those working in the field more practical advice can be obtained from the recently published
ICJ Women’s Access to Justice for Gender-Based Violence: Practitioners’ Guide n° 12 on navigating criminal justice systems for victims and their advocates.
For those seeking background on key legislation supporting womens rights see the Tackling Violence resource from the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which has an easy to understand colour-coded guide to the main provisions of the treaty. It also has a great timeline of key events in the struggle for womens rights.