Rape ‘decriminalised’ as only 1.4% of reported attacks prosecuted in England and Wales

Official figures show 42,000 fewer offences charged for every type of crime. Written by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent Authorities have been accused of “decriminalising” sex attacks after official statistics showed that the proportion of reported rapes prosecuted in England and Wales has fallen to 1.4 per cent. Alleged victims are dropping out of investigations in 40…

Next government urged to make ‘systemic’ changes to tackle violence against women

‘BME and migrant survivors are frequently forced to choose between remaining in a violent situation, or accessing a public service which might trigger immigration enforcement action,’ says campaigner. Written by Maya Oppenheim, The Independent Lead organisations supporting black and minority ethnic survivors of domestic abuse have urged Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to take the chance…

Beijing +25 Review: Civil society and youth from the Arab States review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Over 70 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and youth advocates from across the Arab States region met in Amman, Jordan on 26 and 27 November, to conduct a parallel review and discussion on the progress and lessons learned in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in the lead up to…