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    The British government is facing allegations of complete failure in protecting women and girls rights for the last 10 years, recent findings claim.

    Under the leadership of David Cameron's Tory Party, the country seems to not have taken women rights seriously as it has showed no progress in preventing it or punishing men for violence towards women and girls. The report, which covers cases from 2005 to the present, mentions "critical frontline failings" as the main reason of a lack of initiative on the part of the UK government towards protecting women and girls.

    A lack of educational policies has further created a hole in protecting rape victims as violence "still goes unchecked," according to the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition. The association also stresses that services for abuse victims are on the brink of closure.

    Liz Kelly, co-chair of EVAW, said, "Education policies are failing to protect girls from abuse now, and are not working towards the prevention of future abuse."

    England's Children's Commissioner claimed last week that at least 225,000 children a year have become victims of sexual violence but only one-in-eight children reported the crimes to the police. The statistics have prompted campaigners to claim that British authorities have simply been turning a blind eye and have waited for sexual abuse to be disclosed by the children themselves.

    ​Despite recent attempts by the Crown Prosecution Service to achieve justice and recognize the rights of rape victims, the report outlines the unfair division between domestic violence services and rape crisis centers as they are not equal in terms of funding.

    There is still a room for improvement in the protection of the rights of women and girls, activists say, as more than a hundred English and Welsh women are still killed by a partner or former partner annually. Last week, the case of Tomasz Kocik who was imprisoned for 18 years after the court accused him of his girlfriend's murder, is further confirmation such domestic violence is on a dramatic rise in the UK.

    Labour MEP for the North West of England Theresa Griffin echoed the horrible figures saying on Twitter that two women in the United Kingdom are killed by a partner or ex-partner every week.

    ​Marai Larasi, the chair of the EVAW and executive director of the black feminist organization Imkaan, added: "If, as a society, we really cared about the survivors of abuse, we would ensure there were enough support services in our communities that they could seek support at any time. This is not happening and these services are now precarious."

    According to the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), 8.5 percent of women reported having experienced some type of domestic abuse in the last year, compared to 4.5 percent of men.

    In general, 28.3 percent of women have suffered some kind of domestic violence since the age of 16, constituting apotential 4.6 million female victims in the UK, the Office for National Statistics quoted the CSEW as saying.

    Saturday marks the third day out of 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence which promoted the idea of ending violence against women and girls worldwide.

    What is sexual violence? Learn more from SayNO — UNiTE to End Violence Against Women for #16days of Activism against Gender Based Violence: http://ow.ly/UqybP #orangetheworld

    Posted by UN Women on Saturday, November 28, 2015


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