Recent priorities for EVAW have included: campaigning work related to Covid-19; campaigning for justice and real social change in response to sexual violence and harassment; ensuring legislation is fit for purpose and is genuinely responsive to women and girls needs and experiences, with a particular focus on Black, minoritised and migrant women; influencing work towards change in education policy so that schools are safe and equal for all girls; and campaigning to protect independent women-led support services.
We are undertaking a significant programme of work to improve our anti-racism analysis, employment practices and campaigning. This is all centred in making the case to Government, policy makers and systems leaders on the need for a joined up holistic approach to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, recognising the gendered nature of violence against women and girls and intersecting inequalities as key drivers.
EVAW works to the UN definition of violence against women and girls (VAWG) as “violence directed at a woman because she is a woman or acts of violence which are suffered disproportionately by women”; and places this within a human rights framework that recognises VAWG as a fundamental violation of women’s human rights.
EVAW uses an intersectional feminist analysis that understands VAWG as an issue of gender inequality, perpetrated mainly by men and boys against women and girls, and as both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality. EVAW recognises that inequality manifests, and is experienced, in myriad different ways; and that when gender inequality intersects with other structural inequalities (such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, social class, ageism and immigration status) this compounds women and girls’ experiences of violence and affects their ability to access rights, justice and support. All of our work will be guided by the understanding that intersectionality is not only a theory, but a liberating practice which, when centred, ensures that all voices are heard, with a particular emphasis on those most excluded and rendered invisible by the multiple, intersecting structural inequalities we are committed to addressing.