Received from: CSP
Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, affecting one in three globally. It is a crisis driven by misogyny and women’s inequalities.
Women and girls face many forms of abuse, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and sexual exploitation. Progress falls severely short of where society needs to be.
We are extremely concerned about the decision to separate domestic abuse from the government’s 2021 Violence Against Women and Girls strategy – this displays a lack of understanding that the two are connected and could prevent women from receiving specialist help.
Within the workplace, violence is an intersectional issue. In healthcare, Black women, younger and older women, women with a minority sexual orientation and women with other protected characteristics experience workplace violence at at a disproportionately higher rate.
Congress calls on the TUC to campaign for the government to:
i. ensure sustainable support for victims of abuse, and ring-fenced funding for BME, disabled, older and LGBTQIA+ survivors
ii. implement a duty to fund and provide safe accommodation for those experiencing abuse, including migrant women
iii. ensure sustainable funding to invest in perpetrator interventions and specific funding for working with young men and boys
iv. meet all commitments necessitated by ratification of ILO Convention 190.
Recognising the need for a worker-led solution to violence in the workplace, Congress calls on the TUC to extend its Leadership Programmes for LGBT+ and disabled workers and to include new programmes for women, younger and older workers.
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