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Notice of Motion given by Councillor Nikki Bond

That this Council:

 

(a)       welcomes the campaign of the United Nations Secretary General to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on the 25th of each month;

 

(b)       further welcomes that 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also marks the start of 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence;

 

(c)        believes an International Day to End Violence Against Women is important because:

 

(i)         violence against women is a human rights violation;

 

(ii)        violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women;

 

(iii)       violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security;

 

(iv)       violence against women and girls is not inevitable; prevention is possible and essential; and

 

(v)        violence against women continues to be a global pandemic; up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime;

 

(d)       supports the efforts of One Billion Rising – Sheffield, to raise awareness of violence against women and support them with their plans for a flash mob in the Peace Gardens on 14th February 2015;

 

(e)       welcomes the decision of the Labour Party to appoint a Shadow Minister for Violence against Women and Girls and a commitment to include a Violence against Women and Girls Bill with national standards for tackling the issue in the first Queen's speech if they are elected to Government in 2015;

 

(f)        thanks the efforts of Sexual Health Sheffield in their community engagement work in educating young people on issues of consent and healthy relationships, which no doubt link to violence against women and girls and recognises that Sheffield is the only city with a Sexual Health Champion;

 

(g)       urges everyone to take responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls; and

 

(h)       calls on all Councillors to sign the petition by the European Women’s Lobby calling on the future European Commission President to establish 2016 as the European year to end violence against women and girls.

Minutes:

 

Violence Against Women

 

 

 

It was moved by Councillor Nikki Bond, seconded by Councillor Nasima Akther, that this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       welcomes the campaign of the United Nations Secretary General to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on the 25th of each month;

 

(b)       further welcomes that 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also marks the start of 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence;

 

(c)        believes an International Day to End Violence Against Women is important because:

 

(i)         violence against women is a human rights violation;

 

(ii)        violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women;

 

(iii)       violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security;

 

(iv)       violence against women and girls is not inevitable; prevention is possible and essential; and

 

(v)        violence against women continues to be a global pandemic; up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime;

 

(d)       supports the efforts of One Billion Rising – Sheffield, to raise awareness of violence against women and support them with their plans for a flash mob in the Peace Gardens on 14th February 2015;

 

(e)       welcomes the decision of the Labour Party to appoint a Shadow Minister for Violence against Women and Girls and a commitment to include a Violence against Women and Girls Bill with national standards for tackling the issue in the first Queen's speech if they are elected to Government in 2015;

 

(f)        thanks the efforts of Sexual Health Sheffield in their community engagement work in educating young people on issues of consent and healthy relationships, which no doubt link to violence against women and girls and recognises that Sheffield is the only city with a Sexual Health Champion;

 

(g)       urges everyone to take responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls; and

 

(h)       calls on all Councillors to sign the petition by the European Women’s Lobby calling on the future European Commission President to establish 2016 as the European year to end violence against women and girls.

 

 

 

Whereupon, it was moved by Councillor Sue Alston, seconded by Councillor Penny Baker, as an amendment, that the Motion now submitted be amended by the re-lettering of paragraphs (f) to (h) as new paragraphs (g) to (i) and the addition of a new paragraph (f) as follows:-

 

 

 

(f)        welcomes Liberal Democrat Minister, the Rt. Hon. Lynne Featherstone MP’s work opposing female genital mutilation (FGM), including measures to identify and prevent FGM in the UK and the securing of a £35m programme expected to reduce FGM by 30% in at least 10 priority countries within 5 years.

 

 

 

On being put to the vote, the amendment was carried. 

 

The original Motion, as amended, was then put as a Substantive Motion in the following form and carried:-

 

 

 

RESOLVED:  That this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       welcomes the campaign of the United Nations Secretary General to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on the 25th of each month;

 

(b)       further welcomes that 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also marks the start of 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence;

 

(c)        believes an International Day to End Violence Against Women is important because:

 

(i)         violence against women is a human rights violation;

 

(ii)        violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women;

 

(iii)       violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security;

 

(iv)       violence against women and girls is not inevitable; prevention is possible and essential; and

 

(v)        violence against women continues to be a global pandemic; up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime;

 

(d)       supports the efforts of One Billion Rising – Sheffield, to raise awareness of violence against women and support them with their plans for a flash mob in the Peace Gardens on 14th February 2015;

 

(e)       welcomes the decision of the Labour Party to appoint a Shadow Minister for Violence against Women and Girls and a commitment to include a Violence against Women and Girls Bill with national standards for tackling the issue in the first Queen's speech if they are elected to Government in 2015;

 

(f)           welcomes Liberal Democrat Minister, the Rt. Hon. Lynne Featherstone MP’s work opposing female genital mutilation (FGM), including measures to identify and prevent FGM in the UK and the securing of a £35m programme expected to reduce FGM by 30% in at least 10 priority countries within 5 years;

 

(g)       thanks the efforts of Sexual Health Sheffield in their community engagement work in educating young people on issues of consent and healthy relationships, which no doubt link to violence against women and girls and recognises that Sheffield is the only city with a Sexual Health Champion;

 

(h)       urges everyone to take responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls; and

 

(i)         calls on all Councillors to sign the petition by the European Women’s Lobby calling on the future European Commission President to establish 2016 as the European year to end violence against women and girls.