Stand with us against harassment and abuse in Westminster
At the 2019 general election, Gemma Evans joined three other survivors of male violence to stand for the Women’s Equality Party against MPs facing unresolved allegations of abuse, violence or harassment.
As a result of our campaign, not a single one of the MPs we stood against returned to Westminster and the issue of sexual harassment and abuse within politics made headline news. But although some important changes have been made, the political parties are still not taking allegations of harassment and abuse seriously enough.
That’s why Gemma is standing again for parliament in Hartlepool in May. Labour MP Mike Hill has finally resigned in the face of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations, triggering a by-election. But it should never have been his choice to resign. He was previously suspended from Labour over allegations of sexual harassment in 2019 but had the whip reinstated a month later, in time to stand at the general election. That should never have happened.
WE are not standing to punish Labour, we are standing to demand that they do better. With that in mind, WE will stand down and support their campaign in Hartlepool if they will commit to ending violence against women on our streets, in our homes and in their own ranks. WE are calling on them to:
- Address their internal handling of harassment allegations and support recall for those under investigation.
- Make ending violence against women and girls a national policing priority.
- Work with us on a prevention strategy.
- Commit to statutory funding for abuse survivors so that they can access the help they so desperately need.
I am a survivor of male violence and my name is Gemma Evans. There are so many other survivors whose names we will never know. There are so many women who have not survived, whose names ought never to have been added to that tragic list to begin with. Until we do something, there will be more and more women every week.
The UK is slowly emerging from a global pandemic but we are still trapped in the middle of a national epidemic, an epidemic of violence and abuse that claims hundreds of thousands of victims every year. For all those women, the named and the unnamed, it is time we took action.
The Women’s Equality Party are clear about what needs to be done. The only question is whether Labour and the other progressive political parties are ready to join us.
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