On the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Rachel Woods MLA has called on the Executive to deliver a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy.
The Green Party MLA for North Down said: “Globally, one in three women has been subjected to physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. In Northern Ireland, it is no different, and this is compounded by the fact that we have always lagged behind when it comes to legislation, policy and change.
“Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK which does not have a dedicated strategy to tackle violence against women. In March, the Assembly passed a motion calling for the introduction of a VAWG Strategy, including provision to make misogyny a hate crime, and mandatory, comprehensive relationship and sex education.
“We need a strategy to tackle gender-based violence. We have always needed one. A strategy will provide the framework of accountability and oversight that we need across government and society.
“I call on the First and Deputy First Ministers to bring forward a proper, comprehensive, robust, resourced strategy as a matter of urgency.”