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Society calls on TUC to back an end to violence against women

The CSP called on trades unions to campaign for a worldwide end to violence against women and girls at two key TUC conferences in April.

CSP representatives forwarded motions at both the TUC Black Workers’ Conference in London and the Scottish TUC Congress in Perth calling for an end to violence against women and for women’s rights to be given a higher priority by trade unions and governments.

The motions were prompted by the gang rape and murder in India of Delhi student physiotherapist Jyoti Singh Pandey. Both were carried unanimously and received huge support from fellow delegates.

Rekha Soni, a specialist physiotherapist in respiratory care at the Whittington Hospital in north London, proposed the motion at the TUC Black Workers’ Conference.

She told delegates that the UK government had signed up to an optional element of the UN convention on discrimination against women, which allowed women to take their cases to a special UN committee.

‘But we know progress is not being made as we witness the cuts being made to essential services that support women who have experienced violence,’ she said.

‘Black and ethnic minority specific services, which tend to be smaller, are particularly vulnerable to cuts,’ she added.

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