UK urged to finish ‘national threat’ of violence in opposition to girls and ladies | EUROtoday

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Concluding a 10-day go to to the nation, Special Rapporteur Reem Alsalem famous {that a} girl is killed by a person each three days within the UK, and one in 4 girls there’ll expertise some type of home violence in her lifetime.

Entrenched patriarchy at almost every level of societycombined with a rise in misogyny that permeates the physical and online world, is denying thousands of women and girls across the UK the right to live in safety, free from fear and violence,” she stated in an announcement summarizing her preliminary findings and observations.

Leadership and inspiration

Ms. Alsalem acknowledged the sturdy authorized framework for selling gender equalitytogether with the Equality Act 2010 and different laws that applies throughout the UK, noting that this framework is complemented by vital laws and insurance policies within the devolved areas, referring to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She stated the UK has been a pacesetter in strengthening its authorized framework to handle present and rising types of violence in opposition to girls and ladies, together with coercive management, digitally facilitated violence and stalking, in addition to bettering entry to justice.

“Many countries will look to the UK for inspiration, as well as examples of innovation and good practice on how to make life safer for women and girls, and accountability for crimes committed against them,” she added.

Translate coverage into motion

However, the Special Rapporteur famous that plenty of realities undermine the UK’s potential to grasp the complete potential of its laws and insurance policies on violence in opposition to girls.

They embrace the dilution of the hyperlink between these insurance policies and the UK’s worldwide human rights obligations; a common vital discourse and positioning on human rights, notably in relation to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees; and the fragmentation of insurance policies on male violence in opposition to girls and ladies throughout devolved and non-devolved areas.

The UK can do more to translate its political recognition of the scale of violence against women and girls into action,” she stated, earlier than providing a number of suggestions, comparable to bringing collectively all legislative and programmatic strands of intervention on the difficulty, upgrading and formalising accountability for discrimination and violence in opposition to girls and ladies in authorities, and anchoring it in human rights commitments.

Grassroots teams struggling

Ms. Alsalem expressed concern about how grassroots organisations and specialised frontline service suppliers working with girls and ladies are struggling to fulfill the wants of probably the most susceptible, each international and nationwide, who fall via the cracks and will not be lined by statutory service suppliers.

These teams “are struggling to survive in an increasingly challenging context of rising living costs, a deepening housing crisis and a critical lack of funding,” she stated.

“The situation of NGOs working on gender equality and violence against women and girls has reached a crisis point and is simply untenable,” she added, urging the UK authorities to revive predictable and satisfactory funding to frontline organisations.

Ms. Alsalem, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence in opposition to girls and ladies, was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Independent consultants who obtain mandates from the Council will not be UN employees and will not be paid for his or her work.

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