MADELEINE MOON MP PLEDGES HER SUPPORT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
Madeleine Moon MP for Bridgend has pledged to support an upcoming Bill which would require the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention which would commit the Government to providing a better framework for addressing violence against women and girls. The Istanbul Convention requires Governments to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect women experiencing violence, and prosecute perpetrators.
The Bill has cross party support and if it becomes law would see the UK make a much needed and significant commitment to ending gender based violence and taking the next steps in securing a safe future for women and girls. Two women in England and Wales are killed every week by a current or former male partner.
Madeleine Moon MP for Bridgend said:
“I want to end violence against women and girls in the UK. I worked in this field before becoming an MP and I know this Convention must be ratified in order to prevent violence against women, protect women experiencing violence and prosecute perpetrators. I therefore call on the UK Government to ratify the Convention and would urge other MPs to do the same.”
Jenn Selby, a campaigner and survivor says: “When I think of all the brave women I've met on my way through the system, I wonder how many of them made it. The current legal framework did more to see our perpetrators walk free than to keep us alive. This convention would end this.
Rachel Nye, Co-director of the campaign, says: “We need a strategic plan for addressing violence against women and girls, and the Istanbul Convention has already done the strategizing. We just need to put it into practice.”