More funding needed to end violence against women epidemic
On the International Day (MON NOV 25) for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, Young Women’s Trust calls for urgent action to halt and address the endemic sexism, abuse and violence that girls and young women face, and for the specific needs of young women to be recognised in all policies on this issue.
Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker, said:
“We hear regularly through our contact services from young women who detail how domestic abuse and other forms of violence against them have such an adverse impact they cannot move on with their lives. This is a national tragedy. Secure and sustainable funding is needed for the vital work of specialist services responding to this epidemic.
“This annual important day of recognition falls during the General Election we hope political parties will be motivated to take decisive action. Young Women’s Trust in coalition with other women’s charities have launched a manifesto for women and girls that calls for a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Bill that will fully ratify the Istanbul Convention.
“The Manifesto recognises that we need to create ‘a future free from violence and abuse for girls and young women’ including ‘high quality relationships and sex education, tackling the endemic sexual harassment and violence in schools and sexism in society.’.
“Our own research – to be released this week on Wednesday Nov 27 – has shown that 64 percent of young women see sexism as a major problem in the UK. They are facing sexism, abuse and harassment at home, school, work and on the street and this is having a devastating impact on their mental health as our report will show.
“And in the new year, Young Women’s Trust will be working with Surviving Economic Abuse to look at the particular impact of economic abuse on young women. Together as activists and allies, we will not rest until we stop all forms of violence against women and girls and restore their fundamental freedoms.”
Notes to Editors
Young Women's Trust CEO Sophie Walker is available for interview. To arrange and for more details about the forthcoming Sexism and Mental Health report, contact Interim Media Manager Peter Simpson. Tel: 020 7837 2019 / 07495 981142 07803 051 848.