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At the end of March the Stop Violence Against Women campaign comes to an end. However, this isn’t the end of the road for Amnesty campaigning on women’s human rights. The Demand Dignity Campaign has integrated this work into the three strandads of Corporate Accountability, ‘Slums’ and Forced Evictions, and Maternal Health. The Maternal Health theme is about preventing maternal deaths which are almost always preventable and kill one woman every minute. Amnesty International as part of a coalition of NGOs and professional associations have produced a Manifesto for Motherhood to increase political and financial support for maternal and child health in developing countries. This will be part of our campaigning at the forthcoming General Election and we are asking activists to send to card (by post or email) to the Party Leaders in time for Mother’s Day. For further information on the Maternal Health work and this action see www.amnesty.org.uk/dignity .
I support the same rights for everyone regardless of who they are. To discriminate in terms of arbitrary factors is wrong. Amnesty’s recent Stop Violence Against Women campaign has been one embodiment of this. Just because violence against women often occurs in private situations doesn’t make it acceptable and i’m proud that Amnesty have worked with others to ensure that human rights apply in all spheres of life.
Stop Violence Against Women Campaign Success #4
Amnesty International UK alone has received over 30,000 signatures showing solidarity with the women struggling for equality in Iran. To find out more and add your own signature go to http://bit.ly/oa9B
The Guardian online did a short film of the No Recourse lobby and spoke to one of the women affected by it. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2009/nov/06/domestic-violence-amnesty-no-recourse-to-public-funds
I attended the Amnesty International UK ‘No Recourse’ lobby earlier. The aim is to persuade MPs to ensure there is funding for shelter and support available for all women who have experienced violence including those whose immigration status is insecure. I lobbied John Spellar MP who is my local MP. He understood the issues but was quite non-commital and on balanced minded not to support our campaign. However, he did give me the courtesy of engaging in debate on the issues concerned, but ultimately felt the potential to attract further illegal immigration meant that he couldn’t fully support our campaign. However, he did feel it right to do something in genuine cases of domestic violence. Overall 60+ MPs were engaged by hundred of AI activists with the exercise a really positive experience. All parties have already made supportive gestures and we are optimistic they will ultimately back this campaign. For further information see www.amnesty.org.uk/norecourse
On Saturday 31 October between 10:00 and 15:00 the Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International group will be holding a women’s issue campaign on in Leamington Spa outside the Library/Pump Rooms. The two major issues being addressed will be: i) ‘No Recourse to Justice’: Battered but barred from help – the women UK law traps in a cycle of violence and, ii) Women in conflicts. For more information see http://midwarwickshire.amnesty.org.uk/