Joanne Payton, long-time volunteer for IKWRO, blogs about the new bill passed by the Welsh Assembly yesterday.
Yesterday in the Welsh Assembly, Members unanimously passed the new Violence Against Women bill. This landmark act almost failed at the last moment, however, when women’s rights campaigners threatened to block the bill unless it included provisions to integrate schools into the country-wide scheme to prevent gender-based violence, calling for each school to have a person with the training responsible for dealing with issues of violence and abuse in the home, and for healthy relationships to be part of PSHE classes.
How you can help us get MPs behind making every school every school “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM safe
The Right To Know campaign got a huge boost last week when the Education Select Committee published its report Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools which states that young people “have a right to information that will help keep them healthy and safe” and concludes that the Department for Education should “develop a workplan for introducing age-appropriate PSHE (Personal Social Health and Economic education) and SRE (Sex and Relationships education) as statutory subjects in primary and secondary schools”.
We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), are delighted to announce that our campaign to stop proposed amendments to the Serious Crime Bill to criminalise sex selective abortion, which would have endangered women, has succeeded.
Last night, Monday 23 February 2015 MPs voted against the proposed changes MPs voted by 292 to 201.
Why IKWRO oppose the proposed amendments to the Serious Crime Bill to criminalise sex selective abortion
We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), stand for equality. We oppose patriarchy and all forms of gendercide, including through non-medically motivated sex selective abortions. In order to prevent gendercide, we work to end patriarchy and to change the mind-set of practicing communities that value females less than males.