We have a few updates for you:
In case you missed it: On the 27th April The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill was signed off by the Queen and became a UK law! This was extremely exciting and a massive step for the campaign made possible by the hard work of all our amazing supporters, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP and all the fantastic organisations we work with.
However, this is not the end of the road for the IC Change campaign as this law simply means the Government must put in place a timeframe for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and annually report on the progress they are making towards this. We are going to need your help to get to the finish line!
Planning next steps
The 8th June will mark 5 years since the Government signed the Istanbul Convention. We had plans for a campaign action on this date but it is now the General Election day, we have decided to postpone this. In the run up to the General Election, the IC Change Campaign will appear quiet as behind the scenes we reflect on the campaign so far and next stages.
IC Change leadership
We also want to let you know about are changes to the leadership of the campaign. Rachel is now stepping back from her role as co-director and from the campaign in general. This has been planned for some time to allow her some down time before her world travels. She is incredibly proud of the team and the IC Change supporters for everything they have achieved over the past few years. We will miss her greatly!
Becca and Robyn are working with volunteers to ensure that a new generation of leadership for the campaign comes through.
We will update you with the next phases of the campaign in the coming months via this blog, the change.org petition, and social media but you can still contact us via info[ @] icchange.co.uk in the meantime.
Action (you didn’t think you’d gotten away that easily, did you?)
We wouldn’t be a campaigns team if we didn’t include an ask in our emails…
Could you contact your election candidate?
As mentioned, as well as being the General election, the 8th June will mark five years since the UK government signed the Istanbul Convention. To help us keep up the pressure for the life-saving Convention, please ask your MP candidates if they will be a champion for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women if they are elected. You can also use Tweet Your Candidate.
With much love and gratitude, we are signing off for the last time as RRR,
Rachel, Rebecca and Robyn