Jineth Bedoya Lima, speaking at Coalica, Global Summit to End SVC, London 2014

Sexual Violence in Columbia’s Internal Child Trafficking Network

“Take care of your daughter, or she will be sold” a phrase reportedly heard in Columbia’s poorer districts.  According to Jineth Bedoya Lima, Sub Editor of Columbia’s National Newspaper, El Tiempo, it’s true. The Global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict brought Jineth Bedoya to London’s Excel fringe event ‘Coalico’ on Wednesday, where the challenges in documenting sexual violence against children in armed conflict in Columbia were discussed. Jineth, a Columbian journalist who carries out exceptional investigative work is a survivor of sexual violence and the recipient of numerous journalism and courage awards.  She works on the issues of sexual…

Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Is the UK closer to ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence?

On the 4th February 2014, The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG) and has requested evidence from anyone with an interest in the human rights issues raised (within specified categories). This inquiry is being undertaken in consideration to the Istanbul Convention, aka The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 2 years ago, campaigners called upon the UK Government to sign the Istanbul convention, which they did on 8/6/12, however to date,…