Virendra Sharma MP from Ealing, Southall has pledged to support an upcoming Private Member’s Bill (PMB) which would require the UK Government to legally commit to providing a better framework for addressing violence against women and girls, by making the Istanbul Convention law in the UK - if successful. This legislation requires the UK to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect women experiencing violence, and prosecute perpetrators.
This Bill has cross party support and if it becomes law would see the UK take a proud commitment to ending gender based violence and taking the next steps in securing a safe future for women and girls.
This legislation is needed because on average, two women in England and Wales are killed every week by a current or former male partner.
Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing, Southall said:
There is still much more to be done in the fight for Women and Girl’s safety. I want to end violence against women and girls not just in the UK, but worldwide, I therefore support the Istanbul Convention becoming UK law, and I urge other MPs across the world to do the same in every nation.”
Jenn Selby, a campaigner and survivor says: “When I think of all the brave women I've met on my way through the system, I wonder how many of them made it. The current legal framework did more to see our perpetrators walk free than to keep us alive. This convention would end this."
Rachel Nye, Co-director of the campaign, says: “We need a strategic plan for addressing violence against women and girls, and the Istanbul Convention has already done the strategizing. We just need to put it into practice.”