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16 March 2021

Joint union statement

We demand safety. We demand justice. We demand equality.
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Accord signs joint statement

As trade unionists, we stand united against the epidemic of male violence. We also stand against the disproportionate threat of male violence faced by women, by Black and migrant communities, by LGBT+ individuals and by disabled people.

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Violence against women and girls is rooted in structural inequalities and power imbalances between men and women. Women’s experience of violence is shaped by other factors such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, immigration status and disability. Experiencing intersecting inequalities compounds the threat of violence women face.

Male violence threatens women in all areas of their lives - in our homes, workplaces, and in public and digital spaces. Institutional and systemic failings enable and empower perpetrators and deny women safety and justice.

In the UK:

Women are not responsible for the actions of men.

We stand with survivors of male violence. With the families of Sarah Everard, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry and countless others who have lost a loved one to violence.

Government must act now to dismantle institutional sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination.

To start that work, we call on Ministers to:

We demand safety. We demand justice. We demand equality.

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