Sisters For Change is proud to present this unique series of video vignettes of four pre-eminent women whom we are working with on law reform initiatives across Asia, the Pacific and beyond. Selected to represent what we consider to be the four critical constituencies involved in law reform – civil society, legal experts, advocacy champions and government – these four incredible women narrate the personal and professional struggles they make every day to ensure laws don’t discriminate against women and girls.
Marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence constitute acts of gender-based violence prohibited under international human rights law. Sisters For Change is calling on governments across the world to criminalise marital rape as a crime of sexual violence. Almost half of all Commonwealth countries require legislative reform to remove the marital rape exemption – a colonial era law which makes it lawful for husbands to rape their wives.
Sisters For Change has been working to strengthen support structures around women and girl domestic workers in Indonesia by empowering them with knowledge of their rights and domestic laws to prohibit violence and harassment at work.
Sisters For Change is working to support Commonwealth Governments to reform legacy or outdated laws that discriminate against – or fail to protect – women and girls and LGBT people, or to draft new legislation that ensures equality and equal protection of the law for all.
Since 2015, Sisters For Change has been campaigning for improved UK Government responses to violence against black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) and migrant women in England, and greater funding of BME VAWG frontline service providers.
Since 2015, Sisters For Change has been working with partners in India to combat political violence against ‘scheduled caste’ or Dalit women and girls. Dalit women and girls are targeted specifically as a result of both their lower social class (defined by caste) and gender.