- On average, 11 women and girls are raped or sexually assaulted in each of London’s 32 boroughs every week.
- There are 32.3 cases of FGM per 100,000 people in Newham.
- 65% of child protection plans in Newham had domestic and/or sexual violence as a known factor.
Working with local partner London Black Women’s Project (LBWP), Newham borough in London was an area of strategic focus for Sisters For Change 2017 report Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public authority responses to violence against BME women in England. Identified due to its diverse population – 43% Asian, 29% white and 19% black – where only 40% of the local population uses English as a first language, Newham is consistently ranked as one of the most deprived boroughs in England with 41% of households living in relative poverty and 55% of children living in households in poverty. In 2016/2017, Newham had the second highest volume of domestic abuse incidents in London; there were 733 sexual offences recorded by the police and 65% of child protection plans had domestic and/or sexual violence as a known factor. In addition, there are 32.3 reported cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) per 100,000 people.
Sisters For Change also works with a local partner serving Latin American women in South London, supporting the ‘Step Up Migrant Women’ campaign. The campaign was launched by over 30 migrant women and social justice organisations who believe that all women have the right to live free from violence.