These issues may seen unrelated but their causes and some of their solutions are interconnected. I have always tried to look at the bigger picture.
Since our inception we have had the invaluable pro bono support of human rights lawyers, the generosity of academics who donate their expertise and volunteers who give their time. I cannot express my gratitude strongly enough to those who have helped the Foundation along the way. When the international community convened in to establish the MDGs, they left out this critical target.
They failed to address violence against women and girls. We are campaigning to raise awareness of the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, to identify where the law fails to protect women.
We are calling for reform of legal mechanisms to ensure the protection of women from all forms of violence and sexual violence and to end to the culture of impunity.
The BJHRF educates the public about discrimination, promotes gender equality, and campaigns to rid our social and legal institutions of bias. We denounce legislation in countries which deprive women of their basic human rights. We raise awareness of cultural and social norms which perpetuate the perception that women are inferior.
We are calling for equal opportunity and equal pay legislation in all countries and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in political, economic, public and private life and in the media.
Violence against Women and Girls The statistics regarding violence against women and girls indicate a culture of impunity, of tolerance of violence against women all across the world - sometimes sanctioned by the state.
In some countries women can still be punished for the "crimes" of adultery, or sex outside marriage by beheading, stoning and hanging under Sharia law. The state-sanctioned murder of women must be stopped The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one in every three women in the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused. In some countries the rate is as high as 70 per cent.
Globally, violence is a greater threat to women aged than cancer, traffic accidents, malaria and war combined.
This violence against women must be stopped. The prosecution of perpetrators over FGM is urgent and long overdue. FGM must be stopped The developed world is not exempt from gender based violence, rape and sexual assault. Approximately 85, women are raped on average in England and Wales every year, over , women are sexually assaulted each year.
One in five women aged 16 to 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of But shockingly, in , less than 16, rape cases were reported to the police and only 2, perpetrators were prosecuted in court. The Istanbul convention is the first European treaty specifically targeting violence against women and domestic violence. It sets out minimum standards on prevention, protection, prosecution, and services. Countries ratifying must also establish services such as hotlines, shelters, medical services, counselling, and legal aid.
Only 36 of the 47 Council of Europe member states have signed the Convention, and only 14 have so far ratified it. Environmental Protection and Climate Change The BJHRF recognises that climate change is the most urgent threat of our time; a critical human rights issue impacting every aspect of our lives: We raise awareness of the catastrophic effects of climate change, calling for corporations to be held accountable and urging governments to fulfil their pledges to reduce carbon emissions.
Bianca Jagger is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a great believer in the power of social media, and tweets regularly.