Wednesday, 13 July 2016 06:36

MEDIA calling notice: cross-party lobby to end violence against women

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SNP MP Gavin Newlands is hosting a cross-party lobby event in Westminster tomorrow (Wednesday) calling for an end to violence against women with the IC Change campaign in partnership with Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Aid, the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), Southall Black Sisters, FORWARD, and White Ribbon.

The event, which is also supported by MPs Maria Miller, Jess Phillips and Tom Brake, aims to raise awareness amongst MPs and peers of the Istanbul Convention -- a European Council convention which legislates for the coordination of policies between government, local authorities and charities working to combat violence against women. Members of Parliament will also have the opportunity to meet with survivors of gender-based violence.

  • WHO Gavin Newlands MP, Maria Miller MP, Jess Philips MP, Tom Brake MP with IC Change (For more information please see ;).
  • WHAT Cross- party lobby in the UK Parliament, calling on members to campaign to end violence against women, and for the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
  • WHERE Committee Room 7, Palace of Westminster.
  • WHEN Wednesday 13th July, 1230- 2pm. A group photo of Scottish National Party MPs will take place at 1245.

Commenting ahead of the event, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“I am delighted to host this cross- party event, raise awareness amongst colleagues in Parliament, and bring together these organisations doing such vital work to stop violence against women.

“While the UK government has taken steps to end violence against women, I am calling on them to ensure there is cooperation between Government, local authorities and charities.”

Rebecca Bunce, co-director of the IC Change campaign, said:

“This law is about women's lives. It is easy to forget when talking about legal technicalities, but ratification is really about women being able to live free from violence and free from the fear of violence.

“With the promise of the Istanbul Convention, we have already seen progress from the UK government with legislation on forced marriage, psychological violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). We can't stop now. With uncertain times ahead it is all the more vital that there is a clear legal framework to help end violence against women. We urge the UK government to finish what they started and ratify the Istanbul Convention."