Local MP Jo Swinson is supporting International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November) in order to raise awareness about the still shocking levels of violence experienced by women around the world.
This International Day will kick-start 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
Commenting, Jo said:
“1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual or physical violence, and some national violence studies suggest the figure is as high as 70% of women - a truly shocking statistic. Violence against women (VAW) is a violation of human rights and is both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted inequality between women and men.
“As Minister for Women I am committed to tackling violence against women and girls. That’s why I am proud that in Government we have taken significant steps to tackle this problem including allocating more than £28million for specialist services to tackle VAW, providing funding for new rape crisis centres, criminalising forced marriage and making stalking a criminal offence.
“VAW is an international problem, which is why we opted into the EU Directive on Human Trafficking, a vital step in increasing the protection available to the victims of trafficking and in helping them to achieve justice.
“Additionally, my Lib Dem colleague Lynne Featherstone was appointed as the Government's Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women Overseas and thanks to her efforts the taboo of Female Genital Mutilation is being challenged with Lynne announcing last year a £35milion programme to end FGM worldwide.”