Sisters Uncut support the Istanbul Convention campaign (#ICchange)
Sunday, April 19, 2015
In June 2012 the coalition government said they were serious about ending violence against women.
They promised to drastically change the lives of women in the UK by committing to a global convention that would legally bind them to prioritise women’s safety and end gender-based violence.
The Istanbul Convention would go a long way to protect and support survivors of domestic violence in the UK. It guarantees shelters, helplines and specialist support services for survivors and requires that governments allocate appropriate financial resources to domestic violence services.
If the UK government had already ratified this convention, as promised, their fatal austerity cuts to domestic violence services would never have happened.
Sisters Uncut urges the UK government to make women’s safety a political priority by ratifying the Istanbul Convention and restoring the women’s support services that have been cut.
Women’s safety is a human right, and the government must act to ensure all women in the UK can live a life free from violence.
We’re demanding the next government commit to this and make the IC law within the first 100 days after the election.