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Zero Tolerance supports ICchange campaign demanding David Cameron ratify the Istanbul Convention on VAW

Zero Tolerance joins ICchange in calling on David Cameron to ratify the Istanbul Convention and demonstrate that his government see preventing men’s violence against women as a priority – not as something that can put off for a more ‘convenient’ time.

by Zero Tolerance Co-director, Laura Tomson

 

by Zero Tolerance Co-director, Laura Tomson

Zero Tolerance has worked for over 20 years to end violence against women by challenging the attitudes and structures that sustain it.

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, holds member states that have ratified it legally responsible for preventing violence against women (VAW) and supporting survivors. No other framework is as robust or specific. The UK signed the Convention in 2012, but has yet to ratify it.We know that violence against women will not end until enough resources and energy are put into prevention activities including challenging gender stereotypes, updating the legal system, engaging boys and men in prevention, and empowering women – all work required by the Istanbul Convention.

Some of this work is happening already, but it is under-resourced, piecemeal across the country and often misunderstood by the key agencies that could make real change.

Although the Scottish Government has a good track record on violence against women and has said it will make prevention – the kind of work Zero Tolerance does – a priority, resources and commitment to prevent VAW and support survivors are very much reliant on the priorities of whoever is in government, regionally and nationally.

When at least one in four women in the UK are victims of men’s violence at some point in their lives, the status quo isn’t good enough.

If ratified the Istanbul Convention could provide a driver to ensure that prevention of VAW and support for survivors is taken seriously and implemented consistently.

In the three years since David Cameron signed, but failed to ratify the Convention, then, over 400 women have been killed by men in England and Wales alone. Many more have been raped, harassed, exploited and abused.

Zero Tolerance joins ICchange in calling on David Cameron to ratify the Istanbul Convention and demonstrate that his government see preventing men’s violence against women as a priority – not as something that can put off for a more ‘convenient’ time.

To read our statement in support of the ICchange campaign, please visit their Supporting Organisations Page.

 
 

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