Deptford MP Dame Joan Ruddock backs campaign to end violence against women

News Shopper: Dame Joan Ruddock backed campaign against domestic violence One Billion Rising Dame Joan Ruddock backed campaign against domestic violence One Billion Rising

A DEPTFORD MP has backed an international campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Dame Joan Ruddock joined a Westminster gathering of supporters of One Billion Rising - the global campaign to end domestic abuse against women on February 14.

The Valentine’s Day flashmob coincided with similar events in 190 countries.

 It came as MPs called for a debate to make personal, social and health education compulsory in schools with a zero tolerance to abuse in relationships.

Dame Ruddock said: "I have campaigned to end violence against women all my political life.

"I cannot believe that the death toll remains so high. Last year 109 women died as a result of domestic violence.

"With one in three girls aged 13-17 in relationships saying they have experienced physical or sexual violence, the future looks grim."

To find out more about the campaign visit onebillionrising.org

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10:51pm Tue 19 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

Cor blimey....

Does she not know equality?

Men are also victims of domestic abuse!
Cor blimey.... Does she not know equality? Men are also victims of domestic abuse! handymanchris
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