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Take Action and Change Herstory

Ask your MP: Will you commit to attending the Second Reading of the Istanbul Convention Bill on 16th December and vote in favour of it? If your MP commits to attending, please let us know so we can thank them and you via info[at]icchange.co.uk

REMEMBER: MPs are more likely to be persuaded by a small number of personal interventions - a tailored email, a handwritten letter, or even better - a supporter attending their MP surgery - so it’s best if they can be creative and personal for impact!

Tweet your MP

Tweet your MP to tell them why it’s important to support the Private Member’s Bill on the Istanbul Convention.  You can use this website to help you find your MP on Twitter.

Make sure you include the hashtag #ChangeHerstory, our Twitter handle @ICchangeUK, the link to the MP invite below, aaaand the Change Herstory image (click on image to download):

will-you-show-up-to-change-herstoryExample Tweet:

Hi [YOUR MP'S TWITTER HANDLE], will you #ChangeHerstory and support the #IstanbulConvention Private Member’s Bill on 16 Dec? http://icchange.co.uk/mpinvite/ [INSERT IMAGE]

Write to your MP

You can write to your MP and tell them why you want them to support this Bill. We have drafted a template letter that you can download here which sets out reasons you might want them to support this bill but we would encourage you to make it personal.

The ask for your MP: Will you commit to attending the Second Reading of the Istanbul Convention Bill on 16th December and vote in favour of it? 

Meet your MP

Setting up a meeting with you MP is a great way to tell them why you think they should support the Bill. Arrange to go to the next surgery in your area by calling or emailing your MP. You can see our top tips for your meeting with your MP here.

The ask for your MP: Will you commit to attending the Second Reading of the Istanbul Convention Bill on 16th December and vote in favour of it?

Organise a local craft session with our #ChangeHerstory paper dolls

We have a created a variety of template paper dolls that you can download here and print off for a local Change Herstory craft session.

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The idea is that you get together with others in your local constituency to decorate the dolls and add messages for your MP about why making the Istanbul Convention law matters to you. You don’t always have to use words either - images can speak loudly. Make sure each doll has the name and address on the back of the person who made it so the MP knows they are each from their constituents and can write back to each person.

Once everyone has finished their paper doll, link them together so that you can create a paper doll chain.

Then send the paper doll chain to your local MP with a covering letter that you can base on our template MP letter here.

Even better, deliver the paper doll chain to your MP in person. Arrange to go to the next surgery in your area by calling or emailing your MP. See our top tips for ‘Meeting your MP’ here.

Other ideas:

  • Before you send it to your MP, why not hang it up somewhere public so people can ask questions and get involved too?
  • Share pictures on social media using #ChangeHerstory and @ICChangeUK on Facebook or Twitter to help build support.
  • Why not tell the local press about your event and ask them to feature your story and feature the image of your huge paper doll chain? You can do this by writing a letter to the Editor or contacting their features desk. If you need support with this, please get in touch with us.

Invite your MP to your local women's service

If you are work for a local women's organisation focused on tackling violence against women, why not contact your MP and invite them along to show them the work you are doing and how the Istanbul Convention is important to this? Please contact us if you would like more information or support with this by emailing us at info[at]icchange.co.uk