Since Friday we’ve been overwhelmed with the support for our campaign to save our Human Rights Act. We’ve had a flood of new members – more than we can ever remember in just one week – and many messages of support both publicly and privately. People from all walks of life and political persuasions are queuing up to defend our Human Rights Act from Government plans to scrap it.
Last week the latest batch of police statistics were quietly released – among them, the stop and search figures for 2013/2014. As the cacophony of campaigning and political point-scoring reaches fever pitch, it’s perhaps unsurprising that they scarcely made a ripple in the press. But, once again, they make for a troubling read.
On Wednesday, after a long parliamentary journey, the Modern Slavery Bill passed – sans vital protections for overseas domestic workers. Since visa changes in 2012, migrant domestic workers have been tied to one employer upon entering the UK. A change that failed in its purpose (reduce immigration), but was successful in increasing the abuse of vulnerable women in this country. Which is an odd definition of success.
It's a sad fact that women disproportionately suffer certain types of crime precisely because they are women. Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape – of course men suffer these crimes too, but it remains a terrible truth that the overwhelming majority of victims are female.