The WI movement once again showed their solidarity with survivors by attending the Million Women Rise march. The day began with a pre-march panel event where attendees heard from Shadow Secretary of Women and Equalities, Anneliese Dodds MP, Lizzy Dobres, Policy and Practice Manager from Women’s Aid England, and Dr Hannana Siddiqui, Head of Policy and Research at Southall Black Sisters.
No More Violence against Women
We are raising awareness and taking action to end the scourge of violence against women.
For the year ending March 2019, an estimated 1.6 million women across the UK experienced violence, including domestic violence, rape, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse and harassment. Launched in 2019, our No More Violence against Women campaign encourages WI members to take action to end the scourge of violence against women.
Tackling domestic violence has been a longstanding concern for the WI. Throughout our history, the WI has campaigned to make sure that women and girls can live the lives they choose, free from the fear of abuse.
The WI campaigned for the funding of refuges in every county in 1975, to make sure that domestic violence survivors were able to access justice through the courts in 1988 and to adequately define domestic violence under the law in 1993.
No More Violence: WI Walk with Women
On Friday 19 March 2021, WI members and friends joined #WIWalkwithWomen to show their support for all women who have experienced abuse and harassment. Between 6 pm and 7 pm, members walked down the streets in their local areas with a candle or lantern to raise awareness of violence against women and stand in solidarity with survivors. Head over to My WI to view our gallery of some of the WIs and members who took part.
We are asking WI members to use our template letter and email their MP on this issue. For a copy of the letter and for more information on the No More Violence campaign, get in touch with us at PA@nfwi.org.uk.
How you can get involved
- Find out more about our campaign by downloading our campaign action pack here.
- Take part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with us from 25 November to 10 December every year.
- Download and share our sources of support document here.
If you are a WI Member or Supporter Plus, we have more ways to get involved on My WI. Find out more here.
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