UK Faith Leaders Launch Call For UK Government To Take Critical Action On Violence Against Women

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Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu faith leaders gathered in the House of Lords to launch a joint call for UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on violence against women – and for MPs to support the Istanbul Convention Private Member’s Bill (PMB) by voting for it on 16 December.

The gathering, hosted by Lord McColl and organised by the IC Change campaign for the Istanbul Convention, Restored and Faith Action, follows on from faith leaders’ declaration against domestic abuse launched in 2015.[1]

This call from faith leaders comes as, on average two women in England and Wales are killed every week by a current or former male partner and 85,000 women are raped and more than 400,000 sexually assaulted each year.[2]

Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread in the UK. The Istanbul Convention is the strongest tool in the box that the Government has to respond.

The Convention – aptly described as ‘the best thing you’ve never heard of’ – is a set of life-saving minimum standards on tackling violence against women for a State’s response to the epidemic.

If the UK Government ratified the Istanbul Convention, it would bring unprecedented positive change for women and girls – supporting those experiencing violence, ensuring a stronger prosecution system, and stopping violence from happening in the first place by dealing with its root causes. It would protect funding for domestic violence shelter, rape crisis centres and ensure education on healthy relationships in schools.

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The Government promised to make the Convention law over four and a half years ago and it still has not happened.

That’s why faith leaders have united to call on the UK Government to demonstrate its commitment to ending violence against women by making the Istanbul Convention UK law.

More immediately, faith leaders are calling on MPs to attend a debate on 16 December on a life-saving bill for women that would require the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention – and to vote in its favour. And they are asking people across the UK to write to their MPs to ask them to do this. Please find details below on how you can get involved!

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, says: ‘Violence against women is an injustice and a violation against the dignity of human beings made in the image of God that the Church must speak out on. The Istanbul Convention provides a strong, practical framework to help us tackle the issue comprehensively in a way that has never been done before’.

‘As faith leaders it is our duty to combat the menace of domestic abuse in our society. We must show unity to call our leaders to do whatever it takes to protect the most vulnerable people in the society,’ Abdullah Hasan, Imams against Domestic Abuse.

This December we have a rare opportunity to change the individual stories of women and girls across the UK who face violence every day and secure this vital protection from violence for them.

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan, adds: ‘We urgently need a stronger framework in which to combat such evils, to make people more aware, to enable us to combat it, to prosecute the perpetrators and prevent its recurrence. This is exactly what the Convention provides’

Faith leaders are calling on people to support this bill by writing to their MP and asking them to go to the debate and vote for the bill.

So what can you do to get involved?

We need to make sure that 100 MPs turn up to Parliament to support it so that it can pass on to the next stage.

However, the 16th December is on a Friday morning – a time when many MPs would normally be in their local constituencies. That’s why we need your help to it’s essential for to contact your MP and to tell them why it’s so important for them show up and support the Bill.

Please write to your MP or arrange to meet them to ask them to attend the debate on 16 December and vote in favour of the Istanbul Convention bill.

You can find all the resources you need here on the IC Change website, including a template letter to help you write to your MP and top tips for meeting your MP. Let IC Change know at info@icchange.co.uk if your MP says yes.

@ICchangeUK I #ChangeHerstory #IstanbulConvention I www.icchange.co.uk/pmb

 

 

[1] http://www.restoredrelationships.org/news/2015/07/16/press-release-house-lords-interfaith-meeting-stop-domestic-violence-uk/

[2] http://icchange.co.uk/about/violence-against-women/

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2 responses to “UK Faith Leaders Launch Call For UK Government To Take Critical Action On Violence Against Women”

  1. James says:

    Write anything in favour of women and you are guaranteed ratings. Reality is very different.

    Government Sponsored Sexism

    1) Real sexism is almost no shelters for male victims of domestic violence.
    2) Real sexism is men getting harsher punishments for the same crime.
    3) Real sexism is countries with compulsorily military service for men.
    4) Real sexism, courts that takes children from fathers based on gender.
    5) Men cannot even vote or get citizenship without enrolling for the draft.
    6) Real sexism is numerous government departments dealing with women’s issues but none dealing with men’s issues.
    7) Male infant circumcision/genital mutilation is legal and performed widely and even completely socially accepted but female genital mutilation is not.
    8) A young boy raped by a woman can be forced to pay child support to his rapist if she gets pregnant, that’s real sexism.
    9) Many countries do not even recognize female on male rape. It can maximally only amount to “sexual assault” that’s real sexism.
    10) Real sexism is having no special laws like VAWA to protect men, even though men are the majority of victims of violent crime.
    11) There are drives to fill quotas for women for the high paid roles but not in the dangerous jobs dominated by men, thats real sexism.
    12) In the army, police, fire service or any other position women have to meet much lower physical standards than men.
    13) Real sexism is services for men only given a fraction of the funds that services for women are given at a government and a social level.
    14) For the same crime, irrespective of the gender of the offender, the perpetrator gets more punishment if the victim is female rather than male.
    15) Most divorce laws are skewed against men, men can lose half his properly, money and children to a woman who decides to leave him.
    He is expected to pay for this betrayal, especially if he has already provided for and supported her, this is real sexism.

    Social sexism against men

    16) Real sexism is being mocked when raped because you’re a man.
    17) Men are expected to not show emotion and remain stoic at all times.
    18) Victim blaming is acceptable ONLY when men are the victims and women the perpetrator. This is real sexism.
    19) Real sexism is having your gender stereotyped by society as being violent, abusers, etc.
    20) Men’s lives are given less value in any emergency situation.
    21) Male children are often given harsher punishments by teachers for the same level of mischief as girls.
    22) Young boys are given less care and attention by parents than girls and beaten over twice as often as girls by parents.
    23) Violence against men by women is much more socially acceptable.
    24) Affirmative action for women only in jobs, education, grants, etc.
    25) Men enrolled in are often given tougher, more dangerous tasks to perform than women in the same post (in a job) This is real sexism.
    27) Males who complain about being objectified are shamed as being “mentally fragile” or their sexuality is questioned. This is real sexism.
    28) Men do not have the privilege of showing affection to each other in public as women without people questioning their sexuality.
    29) Men are expected to ask women out, pay for dates, decide on the venue – if she rejects him he is often labelled creepy or needy.
    30) If a man slaps a woman, he is an abuser and a monster, If a woman slaps a man, “he must have done something to annoy her”
    31) When a man breaks up with a woman, he is called a “jerk”. When a woman dumps a man, “he must have failed her somehow”
    32) Men are excluded from many positions such as babysitters, etc.
    33) Young men having to pay higher car insurance is acceptable but the idea of women having to pay more for health insurance is not.
    34) Despite the fact that the real victims of sexual discrimination are men the term sexual discrimination usually excludes men and the vast majority of surveys and news stories about sexual discrimination dont include men.
    35) Our culture and media makes the assumption of men as guilty, violent offenders where as women are given special treatment at every turn.
    36) In modern movies and TV violence against men is glorified but violence against women is regarded as especially horrific.
    37) Many news reports will read the number of people killed and then highlight women and children as more tragic than male death.
    EG: “37 people were killed in a bus crash including 17 women”
    38) Men are expected to carry heavy things for women, give up their seats for women, shovel snow, mow gardens and do any other job involving manual labour, that women do not wish to perform.
    39) Real sexism is a society where men are taught that a man’s role is to work, provide, pay and die in order to ensure a woman’s happiness.
    40) Real sexism is the fact that men working longer hours in harder more dangerous jobs to earn more money to pay for women’s choices is being turned into a weapon against men.

  2. James says:

    Men are being discriminated in education, the law, society, losing children, dying and having lives destroyed because of real sexism. Sexism against women in the western world results in hurt feelings, sexism against men destroys lives and is often lethal.

    Men are 97% of combat fatalities.
    Men pay 97% of Alimony
    Men make 94% of work suicides.
    Men make up 93% of work fatalities.
    Men make up 91% of all war deaths.
    Men lose custody in 84% of divorces.
    80% of all suicides are men.
    77% of homicide victims are men.
    89% of men will be the victim of at least one violent crime.
    Men are over twice as victimized by strangers as women.
    Men are 165% more likely to be convicted than women.
    Men get 63% longer sentences than women for the same crime.
    Court bias against men is at least 6 times bigger than racial bias.
    Males are discriminated against in school and University.
    Boys face vastly more corporal punishment than girls.
    80% of the homeless are men.
    Women’s Cancers receive 15 times more funding than men’s
    At least 10% of fathers are victims of paternity fraud.
    One third of all fathers in the USA have lost custody of children, most are expected to pay for this.
    70% of domestic violence is against men however less than 1% of domestic violence shelter spaces are for men.

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