Will your MP turn up and Change Herstory on 16 December?
This December there is a chance that MPs could vote for the strongest law the UK has ever seen to tackle violence against women and girls: the Istanbul Convention.
What’s so important about the Istanbul Convention?
The Istanbul Convention is the most comprehensive legal framework that exists, outlining minimum standards for a State’s response to violence against women and girls. It covers prevention, protection, prosecution and monitoring.
Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread in the UK. The Istanbul Convention would guarantee urgently needed change to prevent and tackle violence against women. For example, it would protect funding for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centres, and 24/7 helplines; ensure education on healthy relationships in schools; and guarantee awareness-raising campaigns.
The UK Government has been promising to make the Istanbul Convention law since 2012. It has taken steps in this direction but it’s 2016 and we’re still waiting.
How can your MP make Herstory on 16 December?
On 16 December, we have a unique opportunity to make sure the Government fulfils its promise to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
It’s an opportunity to Change History, or rather, Herstory for all women and girls in the UK - and to change the individual stories of women and girls across the UK who face violence every day.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) which would require the UK Government to make the Istanbul Convention law in the UK - if successful.
A Private Member’s Bill is a proposal to change the law, and like any other Bill it needs to be agreed by Parliament. This means that other MPs need to attend a debate about it and vote to support it.
If 100 MPs turn up and vote on 16 December, it will pass to the next stage.
However, the 16 December is on a Friday morning - a time when many MPs would normally be in their local constituencies. That’s why it’s essential for each of us to contact our MPs and tell them why it’s so important to show up and support the Bill on 16 December.
Will you contact your MP and ask them to show up and Change Herstory on 16 December?