Last November, to mark the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2015, Mothers’ Union held a conference entitled, “Beyond the 16th Day: Moving Forward to End Violence Against Women and Girls”. This brought together a number of excellent speakers to highlight the different forms of violence experienced by women and girls across the world.
They have now shared a summary of the conference report, highlighting the findings from the day, and summarising the excellent input from panellists and participants. Each speaker presented a wealth of insight into issues such as online abuse, violence against older women, the role of sex and relationships education in preventing abuse, law enforcement and the justice system, perpetrator programmes, and the role of faith groups; in both UK and international contexts. The day finished with a workshop session that provided participants with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences, as well as identify policy and practice recommendations for ending violence against women and girls.
In their work across 83 countries through 4 million grassroots members, Mothers’ Union continues to support and advocate for those affected by gender-based violence around the world. In the UK they are currently calling for the Government to drop the charges for using the Child Maintenance Service to arrange and collect maintenance payments, for those affected by domestic abuse. Please see their petition around this, which can be found and signed at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stopcharges (further details can be found on Mothers’ Union’s website at: http://www.mothersunion.org/end-child-maintenance-cost-vawg-survivors).
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