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New government funding plans threaten to dismantle our life-saving national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk.
A Women’s Aid survey of refuge services showed that the proposed new model of funding could force over half of refuges responding to close or reduce their provision - resulting in 4000 more women and children turned away from the lifesaving services they desperately need.
Already there are not enough refuge spaces to meet demand; data from Women’s Aid shows that 60% of total referrals to refuges were declined in 2016/17. When on average two women a week are killed by a partner or ex partner across England and Wales the stakes could not be higher.
Under the new plans, rent money which would have in the past gone straight to domestic violence refuges would instead go to local authorities - effectively forcing refuges to compete for funding with other local services. Refuge managers have warned “if the plans get implemented it will be the end of domestic violence refuges."
Visit the Women’s Aid website to find out more about this campaign.
Are you a women's rights activist? Have you set up a petition or campaign? Write a blog to tell us what you're doing to fight gender inequality, and have it featured on our website. We also want to hear from Fawcett members; tell us why you joined, and inspire others to do the same!
Adrienne wrote about her campaign for gender neutral field names on marriage certificates. She sent a link to her Fawcett blog to the General Registrar Office, and received a reply with a commitment to consider her suggested reform. She says:
"I was so pleased to be invited to write my blog. The post, and tweets from the Fawcett Society generated a lot of signatures – a highly effective way of getting a message across...My own MP has promised to follow up after I contacted him. If you can garner the support and interest of respected individuals and organisations, you can boost the strength of your message whilst gaining more knowledge of the issue."
Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period, wrote this incredible blog for Fawcett, and saw a surge of support for her campaign as a result:
"I was so honoured to be asked to write a blog post for the Fawcett Society, an organisation I have held in high esteem for many years. I gained many new followers after the post, which in term led to a boost of donations of sanitary towels, which are so badly needed by the women we work with."
Click below to see how you can get involved with each of our current campaigns.
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