We Pledge to help End Violence Against Women1 December 2020
During these 16 days of action to end violence against women, we continue to raise awareness of the pervasive nature of male violence against women in our society. We also pledge to continue to offer our unstinting support to the women who come to us for help.
The centre for Crime & Justice Studies published the rather grim statistic that, “Over the ten years from 2009 to 2018, at least 1,425 women were killed by men in the UK. This means that a man killed a woman every three days.”
“This is the stark reality of male violence towards women, as explained by the Femicide Census, published on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
On the same day, the ‘Counting Dead Women’ project, commemorated UK women and girls killed by men in the previous twelve months, by naming them on Twitter, one at a time, every five minutes. It took nine hours to commemorate all those killed.
Two-thirds of those women killed by men were killed by a current or former partner. One third had children under 18 years of age. Little has changed in the past decade, and more, with women being killed by men at depressingly regular intervals.
Naming the problem and acknowledging its scale will not, of itself, make it go away. It is, though, an important first step.”
Let us continue to do our part to support women by letting them know that they do not have to suffer in silence and ensuring that they know where to get help.