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Biggest issues facing women today will be centre stage at this weekend’s WOW Festival

A FESTIVAL reflecting some of the most pressing women’s issues of today will take place in Bradford this weekend.

The Women of the World Festival will celebrate successes of women from all walks of life, as well as tackling issues like domestic abuse, body identity and honour-based violence.

Held at Kala Sangam arts centre on Saturday and Sunday, the festival is returning to Bradford after a successful debut last year.

Like last year, the line-up has been shaped by women from Bradford, including teens from Bradford’s schools known as the Wowsers.

Only 5% of ‘honour’ crimes reported to police are referred to CPS

Charity says police in the UK are failing the victims of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and FGM

The police are failing the victims of “honour” crimes, with just 5% of reported cases being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, a leading charity has warned.

The number of cases of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM reported to the police has increased by 53% since 2014, figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show.

However, despite the rise in reporting, the volume of cases referred to the CPS for a charging decision is the lowest it has been for five years.

“More victims of ‘honour’ based violence are coming forward to the police than ever before but worryingly the evidence suggests those seeking justice are being failed by the system,” said Diana Nammi, the executive director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/07/only-5-of-honour-crimes-reported-to-police-are-referred-to-cps

Women Under 25 Account For About Half Of All Sex Offence Victims

Young women under the age of 25 were victims in about half of all sexual offence cases brought by the Crown Prosecution Service last year, while women aged 24 and under also made up a quarter of domestic abuse victims.

Statistics on victims’ ages in cases of violence against women and girls have been released for the first time, as it was revealed that these crimes now account for one-fifth of all prosecutions brought by the CPS in England and Wales.

Leading women’s charities have welcomed the rise in convictions, but have said there is still more to be done to tackle violence against women, particularly as convictions and prosecutions for domestic abuse fell significantly over the past year.

The data was revealed in the Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report, released the day before the International Day of the Girl.

The report outlines a huge increase in rape convictions since the data was first published a decade ago, but while domestic abuse convictions had also been rising, they have now started to fall following a drop in referrals from police.

Domestic abuse cases make up more than 80% of violence against women cases prosecuted by the CPS, with crimes including sexual offences, rape, “honour-based” violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking for sexual exploitation, prostitution, pornography, stalking, and harassment making up the remainder.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahalothman/women-under-25-account-for-more-than-half-of-all-female-sex?utm_term=.oyDka7wk#.cfKrPD2r

Fifth of CPS cases are alleged sex crimes or domestic abuse

Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed.

They made up nearly 20% of the organisation’s caseload in 2016-17, compared with less than a tenth a decade ago after a huge surge in the categories, new figures show.

The rise tallies with a sharp jump in reports of sexual abuse to police seen in recent years in the wake of high-profile investigations launched after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Authorities are also mounting increasing numbers of investigations involving the internet, including child sexual abuse, harassment and revenge pornography cases.

An in-depth report from the CPS details how more defendants than ever before are being prosecuted for sexual offences in England and Wales. The number of rape prosecutions completed rose from 4,643 in 2015-16 to a record 5,190 in 2016-17.

Prosecutions for sexual offences excluding rape also reached a new peak of 13,490 in the latest financial year. Together with domestic abuse cases, the alleged crimes made up 19.3% of the CPS’s caseload, compared with 7.1% a decade ago.

There were year-on-year falls in prosecutions for “honour-based” violence and forced marriage, the report shows, while there were no prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/10/fifth-of-cps-cases-are-alleged-sex-crimes-or-domestic-abuse

Girl, 13, ‘one of India’s youngest honour killing victims’ after being ‘beaten to death and set on fire’

A 13-year-old girl is believed to have become one of India’syoungest ever “honour killing” victims after her father allegedly beat her head against a wall and set her on fire because he saw her talking to a boy.

The teenager was beaten and strangled by her father before he set fire to the body and tried to pass off her death as suicide, police in the Nalgonda district of southern India, said.

The girl’s father had noticed his daughter frequently talking to a boy in the Chintapally village where they lived.

He lashed out and killed her on September 15 after he saw her talking to the boy again, hitting her head against a wall before strangling her, police said.

Her mother is then believed to have helped set fire to the body so the parents could make out their daughter’s death was suicide.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/girl-13-becomes-one-of-indias-youngest-honour-killing-victims-after-being-beaten-to-death-and-set-on-a3638771.html

Rape, forced marriage and mutilation – women tell their harrowing stories to Home Secretary

Amber Rudd visited The Halo Project which supports victims of forced marriage, FGM and domestic abuse.

Survivors of domestic abuse and forced marriage told their harrowing stories to one of the UK’s most senior politicians.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited charity The Halo Project, which supports victims of forced marriage, domestic abuse , honour based violence and female genital mutilation.

She was there to find out how the Home Office could further support the project and combat extremism.

Mrs Rudd spent around an hour with the charity in central Middlesbrough and heard some inspiring and shocking stories from survivors.

One woman, who did not want to be named, spoke of her journey from her native Nigeria to Middlesbrough.

She said: “I was on the verge of committing suicide.

“I was a victim of domestic violence and I was forced to marry someone.

“I tried to run from my life because it was the only way I could get myself out.

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/rape-forced-marriage-mutilation-women-13556857

Crackdown could see people carrying acid jailed in bid to stop attacks

Anyone who carries acid could face up to four years in prison or risks a life sentence if they use it to attack someone, under tough new rules for prosecutors.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), against the backdrop of horrifying acid attacks, has issued updated interim guidance which for the first time explicitly refers to acid or corrosive substances.

Possession of an offensive weapon or threatening a person with an offensive weapon, which each come with a maximum four-year prison term, are among the “most appropriate” charges which can be brought.

he guidance explains that acid and corrosive substances such as bleach or ammonia may be used as a weapon. Victims of hate crime, so-called honour-based violence, domestic abuse and revenge attacks by gangs have all been targeted, according to the guidance.

It states: “Acid and corrosive substance attacks have a devastating effect on victims. And when thrown on to the victim’s body – usually their face – cause the skin and flesh to melt, sometimes exposing and dissolving the bones below.

“The long-term consequences of acid or corrosive substance attacks may include blindness, permanent scarring of the face and body, and social and psychological difficulties.

HONOUR CRIMES What is an honour killing and what happened in Kingston?

A MAN, 33, has appeared in court after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a fridge in a London home following a suspected honour killing.

But what are honour killings and how common are they in the UK?

What is an honour killing?

Honour killings are committed within families or social groups with the purpose of controlling behaviour, reports the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network (HBVAN).

Such murders are carried in the name of protecting cultural beliefs or honour.

Those targeted are believed to have shamed their family or community.

Reasons given for this can include refusing an arranged marriage, entering a relationship with someone disapproved of, renouncing faith and behaving or dressing in a way thought to be inappropriate.

Both men and women can be victims of honour killings, although women are more commonly targeted.

The HBVAN stresses that there is little scriptural support for honour killings in any major religion, and it has been roundly condemned by several high status religious leaders.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4091357/honour-killing-kingston/

Two men charged over suspected ‘honour killing’ of teenager whose body was found in London fridge

Two men have been charged in connection with the suspected “honour killing” of a teenager whose body was found in a fridge.

The Metropolitan Police said a 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of the 19-year-old woman.

He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and with the kidnap of a second victim, a woman aged in her 20s.

A second man, aged 28, has been charged with the kidnap of both the 19-year-old woman and the woman aged in her 20s.

The body of the teenager was found inside a fridge at a house in Kingston three hours after she was reported missing along with the older woman last Wednesday.

Police said the women may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/kingston-teenage-woman-19-fridge-body-london-two-men-charged-honour-killing-murder-rape-kidnapping-a7856251.html

Teenager’s body found in fridge in suspected London honour killing

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman in a possible so-called honour killing.

The body of the woman, who was believed to be 19, was found at a house in Kingston, London, just three hours after she was reported missing along with another woman, who is believed to be in her twenties.

Police said the pair may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”

The older woman managed to escape to get help and was admitted to a south London hospital with stab and slash wounds on Wednesday evening before police went to the house in Coombe Lane West.

Referring to reports the victim had been found “cut up in a fridge”, the Metropolitan Police insisted the dead woman was discovered “intact” at around 8pm.

Asked if police were looking into whether the murder was being treated as a so-called honour killing, the Met said detectives are keeping an “open mind”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/honour-killing-young-girl-19-years-old-dead-fridge-stab-wounds-honour-killing-investigation-kingston-a7853216.html

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