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Where Next For the ‘Stop Violence Against Women’ Campaign?

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 .

Amnesty Helps To Protect Women Fleeing Violence

SVAW Success #3

On 4th November last year 200¬†Amnesty activists lobbied their MPs in support of an exemption to the ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’ rule in the case of domestic violence. Seventy-five MPs were lobbied and their was an overwhelmingly positive response. Since the lobby the government has announced a pilot which offers women 20 days of upfront funding to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Domestic Violence Rule, she may then have another 20 days funding for the government to make a decision on her status. This pilot which runs till the end of February is imperfect but a welcome step. To find out more see www.amnesty.org.uk/norecourse

SVAW Campaign Success #1

As the Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW) campaign comes to an end I am going to highlight the key successes. One of these is the Anti-Trafficking Convention ratified in the UK. This entitles victims of trafficking, for the first time, to a recovery period, specialist care, accommodation and other services. You can find out more at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?newsId=17992