CURRENT CAMPAIGNS WE SUPPORT
MWR International Women’s Day petition
MWR believes that a national bank holiday in the UK on International Women’s Day celebrating the achievements and contributions of women will strengthen our societies commitment to ending violence towards women. IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
SET HER FREE: end the detention of refugee womenEvery year, hundreds of women who have come to this country seeking refuge from persecution are locked up in detention in the UK.
In January 2014, we launched the Set Her Free campaign to speak up for these women.
You can follow the progress of the campaign below and join it by following @4refugeewomen on Twitter or Facebook
SHUT DOWN Yarls Wood - Asylum for Women NOW
Keep Apna Haq open in Rotherham
Save Apna Haq, Rotherham’s only ethnic minority women’s violence against women support group and the best chance some women in Rotherham have of getting to safety and freedom
Why is this important?
In 1994 a group of local ethnic minority women set up what started as a domestic violence support service called Apna Haq - which means “My Rights”. More than 2,000 women and children have been helped by Apna Haq – to escape and overcome domestic and sexual abuse, so-called ‘honour-related’ abuse and forced marriage, and sexual exploitation. Many women have been so empowered by their experience at Apna Haq that they have gone on to become volunteers and workers there too, sharing their knowledge and experience to help new service users.
Keep Apna Haq open petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-apna-haq-open-in-rotherham
We are Sisters Uncut. We stand united with all self-defining women who live under the threat of domestic violence, and those who experience violence in their daily lives. We stand against the life-threatening cuts to domestic violence services. We stand against austerity.
Reclaim the Night
Since 2004 the Reclaim the Night march has said no to rape and male violence and demand justice for survivors. The UK rape conviction rate is still at its lowest ever, just over 5%. The march takes place each November as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women and demands the right to live without the fear or reality of rape and male violence.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that was started by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991. The 16 Days runs from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women to December 10, International Human Rights Day to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights. WOMANKIND works internationally to reduce violence against women.
End Violence Against Women coalition
EVAWC is a coalition representing 7 million individuals and organisations across the UK who believe a world free from the threat and reality of violence against women can and must be created. EVAW is calling for a cross-government strategy, similar to the Scottish approach, on violence against women.
No Recourse to Public Funds
Southall Black Sisters has campaigned relentlessly for the abolition of the no recourse to public funds rule. The rule means that women coming to the UK to join their spouse must remain in the marriage for at least two years before they can apply to stay here permanently and are not entitled to welfare benefits, council housing or other public funds during that time. The ‘two year rule’ traps hundreds of BME women in violent relationships and destitution and allows abusers to remain unaccountable for their actions.
Crisis in Rape Crisis
The Women’s Resource Centre and Rape Crisis (England and Wales) are campaigning for a firm political commitment to providing adequate, sustainable and long-term funding. Rape Crisis centres are closing at an alarming rate because of a lack of funding. In 1984 there were 68 Rape Crisis centres in England and Wales – today there are just 38 centres.
The World March of Women
World March of Women is an international feminist action movement connecting grass-roots groups and organisations working to eliminate the causes at the root of poverty and violence against women. WMW campaigns against all forms of inequality and discrimination directed at women. In October 2008, the Co-ordinator of MWR, Sabrina Qureshi, attended the WMW conference in Vigo, Spain.
Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign to defend and extend women’s rights and access to safe, legal abortion. Abortion Rights opposes any attack on the 1967 Abortion Act including any attempt to lower the abortion time limit. The defeat in May 2008 of attempts to begin restricting rights by lowering the abortion time limit was a huge victory for women.
Object Challenging Objectification
Object challenges ‘Sex Object Culture’ – the objectification of women, particularly the normalizing of the porn and sex industries, through lad’s mags or lap dancing.
Object opposes the harmful attitudes this promotes about women’s status and value and about women’s – and men’s – sexual identity. Stripping the Illusion campaign calls for lap dancing to be licensed, regulated and recognised for what it is.
Justice for Rape Victims
This campaign, led by the Fawcett Society, is calling for the Government to invest in support services without delay and take immediate steps to ensure that real improvements are made in the criminal justice system.
Stop the War
The Stop the War Coalition was formed in 2001 and campaigns to stop the war currently declared by the United States and its allies against ‘terrorism’. Global war and conflict perpetuates violence against women and children as witnessed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Congo and Sudan.
Demand Change! is a joint campaign by Eaves and OBJECT which aims to promote an increased understanding of the myths and realities surrounding prostitution and calls for prostitution to be seen and widely understood as a form of violence against women. The Demand Change! Campaign achieved a major victory for women exploited by the sex industry in November 2009, as Clause 14 (formerly 13) of the Policing & Crime Act was passed, putting the rights of exploited women over those of pimps and punters.
‘We Can End All Violence against Women’ (‘We Can’ for short) is an international campaign that seeks to end gender-based violence. We are building a broad social movement that challenges and changes the attitudes and beliefs that support and perpetuate violence. The time to act is now!
FreeMovement: Say No to deportation and Removals
‘Freemovement’ provides ‘Signposting’ to any one in the UK subject to UK immigration controls and does not want to leave the UK, for whatever reasons.
Women in Black
Women in Black… is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these things in different ways in different regions of the world, we support each others movements. An important focus is challenging the militarist policies of our own governments. We are not an organisation, but a means of communicating and a formula for action.
Coalition of Resistance
The Coalition of Resistance is a broad united national campaign against cuts and privatization in our workplaces, community and welfare services, based on general agreement with the Founding Statement issued by Tony Benn in August 2010.
Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp
AWPC is calling for an end to the production of nuclear warheads at Aldermaston, the decommissioning of the current stockpile, and AWE’s expertise to be used for worldwide nuclear disarmament.
The Why Women? campaign is speaking up for women’s organisations, which do great work for women and society as a whole, but are under threat from lack of funding. The campaign is calling on the government to put gender back on the agenda by acknowledging the systematic disadvantage women face because of their gender, and publicly recognising the essential services and expertise the women’s voluntary and community sector provides.
Women Against The Cuts
Women Against the Cuts is a group of women from diverse backgrounds who have come together to fight the government cuts from a feminist perspective. Some of us are active in organisations and campaigns, in unions or in local groups. Some of us are members of political parties. Some of us are non aligned individual women. We have joined together as women to independently organise to highlight the impact of the cuts on ALL women and we invite all women who oppose the cuts to join with us. WAC will work with other organisations fighting the cuts and we will create actions and give voice to women’s opposition to the cuts as being discriminatory, unfair and unnecessary.
Women Asylum Seekers Together
Sharing experiences, empowering and supporting each other, fighting for rights, raising awarness about the issues that force women to seek international proctection and the effects of the injustices of the UK immigration system.