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GREEN MEP VISITS STRATFORD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVICE SURGERY

November 21, 2011

Jean Lambert, Green MEP  for London and Jenny Jones, Green London  Assembly Member, have today visited the dedicated one-stop shop for sufferers of  domestic violence at the Stratford Advice Arcade, Newham, to see the  comprehensive support on offer for local residents who are suffering from abuse  at the hands of their partners. 

The surgery, which first  opened its doors in May 2011, aims to help vulnerable women, and in some cases,  men, in dealing with threatening situations before they result in physical  abuse.  Visitors to the drop-in sessions can meet with representatives of  Newham’s police community safety unit, Asian Women’s Aid, East London Black  Women’s Organisation, Newham Action Against Domestic Abuse and TV Edwards  Solicitors to access the help and advice they  need.

Today’s visit coincides  with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an  annual event which seeks to raise awareness of violence against women and girls  across the world.  In London alone, there have been some  46,000 incidents of domestic violence over the last twelve months, with domestic  homicide accounting for over 25 per cent of murders in the capital  [1].

Speaking during the  visit, Jean, a strong campaigner against domestic violence, said: “On average, two women are killed every week in  England and  Wales by a current or former  partner.  On average, one incident of domestic violence is reported to the  police every minute. Yet despite these devastating statistics, research by  Women’s Aid reveals that 60 per cent of refuge services are now operating  without a single penny of council funding, significantly reducing lifesaving  services for those who experience violence in the home.  Furthermore, the  Government’s draconian spending cuts have withdrawn crucial support for some  70,000 vulnerable women and children [2]. 

“We  know that women are at greater risk of domestic violence and abuse during times  of economic recession.  The Government has responsibility to ensure that  vital support services, such as the domestic violence surgery at the Stratford Advice Arcade,  are adequately funded, prepared and able to cope with incidents of emotional and  physical abuse that can have such a shattering impact on people’s lives.   We should all be able to live a life free from violence and  abuse.”

Jenny said: “Organisations like this do very valuable work in our  city, providing vital support to those most in need. The priority for those in  government is to do far more to decrease abuse in all its  forms.

“There  must but a concerted effort to raise levels of education about these issues and,  crucially, to focus on creating opportunities for work, housing and childcare  within the capital.”

Notes  to Editors

  1. For   further information on domestic violence statistics in London, visit: http://www.met.police.uk/csu/domestic_violence.htm
  2. Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up   to 250,000 women and children every year.  For more information on public   spending and domestic violence services, visit: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-violence-press-information.asp?itemid=2599&itemTitle=Women%92s+Aid%92s+survey+reveals+fear+that+over+half+of+refuge+and+outreach+services+could+face+closure&section=0001000100150001&sectionTitle=Press+releases

Jean  Lambert is one of eight MEPs  representing London and one of two UK Green representatives  in the European Parliament. Jean was first elected Green  Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections and  was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

For an  interview with Jean or for further information please contact: Anna Rutter,  Media & PR Officer to Jean Lambert MEP: 020 7250 8417 / 07917 881648 / media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk 

www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

New equality rights in workplace come into force

October 2, 2010

New rules aimed at banning discrimination by employers, covering areas such as age, disability and pay, have come into force across Britain.

The Equality Act covers many workplace areas and draws nine separate pieces of legislation into a single Act.

Equalities Minister Theresa May says it will now be easier for firms to comply with anti-discrimination rules.

However, some business groups argued the new legislation will impose a heavy burden on employers.

The new law applies in England, Wales and Scotland.

The new law restricts the circumstances in which employers can ask job applicants questions about disability or health prior to offering them a position, making it more difficult for disabled people to be unfairly screened out.

“In these challenging economic times it’s more important than ever for employers to make the most of all the talent available,” said Ms May.

There are also new powers for employment tribunals.

The Act will also stop employers using pay secrecy clauses to prevent employees discussing their own pay, which means men and women can compare pay.

But the Act will not make employers reveal how much they pay men compared with women, as had been planned by the Labour government.

Some campaigners argued that this revision undermined the new legislation.

“Rowing back on the requirement for big business to publish and take action on any differences in pay between men and women employees is tantamount to endorsing the shocking gender pay gap,” said Ceri Goddard, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality.

Business cost

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “Everyone is protected by the new law.

“It [the Act] covers age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex (meaning gender) and sexual orientation.

“Under the act people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person because they belong to a group that the Act protects, they are thought to belong to one of those groups or are associated with someone who does.”

But some business groups argued that the new rules place an extra burden on companies at a time when they are still trying to recover from the recession.

“Businesses are really concerned,” Abigail Morris from the British Chambers of Commerce told the BBC.

“The government’s own impact assessment shows that this is going to cost £190m just for businesses to understand the legislation, and this at a time when we really need them to be concentrating on creating private sector jobs and driving economic recovery.”

During the summer there were some concerns about the new rules expressed by shipping companies.

Some claimed the laws could force them to quit the UK because they would have to pay UK rates to foreign-based seafarers who do not have the burden of British living costs.

Source – BBC

Womens Issues

May 5, 2010

We believe in a healthy democratic society is based on voluntary co-operation between empowered individuals, free from discrimination, whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin, or any other prejudice. The legitimate interests of all people are of equal value, and we accept the need for social institutions to protect the interests of the powerless against the powerful.

In recognition of gender equality we support the empowerment of women in terms of their participation, representation and leadership. We strive towards the transformation of gender relations to a total equality between the genders and a non gender specific society through the elimination of any form of women’s subordination, and freedom from all forms of oppression, exploitation and disrespect. We will ensure that women have economic, social and political equality with men.

Northants Green Party challenges the sexual objectification of women which takes place through the normalisation of pornography and the sex industries by many methods including lads’ magazines, advertising, lap and pole dancing.  We therefore wholeheartedly support the current campaign to re-licence lap dancing clubs as sex encounter establishments. Throughout Northamptonshire lap dancing or ‘adult entertainment’ establishments should have the strictest conditions placed on their licences, including no full nudity, no contact rules, and restrictions on their advertising.

Northants Green Party condemns all forms of domestic violence including physical, sexual, psychological and financial, and recognises the requirement of providing sufficient support services for those women and children who have experienced any form of domestic violence.  We believe better support services should be put in place to support women who have been raped or sexually abused.  Reported rapes are on the increase and yet conviction rates are at an all time low. This needs to be urgently addressed.