Women’s Aid Campaign Champions support our national campaigns on a local level, give survivors of domestic violence a voice and help to ensure that politicians and other key decision makers are listening.
How does it work?
Every campaign we run has actions for our Campaign Champions. Depending on how much time you have to give you might sign a petition, send a tweet, set up a meeting with your MP to raise awareness or secure local media coverage. We send you all the information you might need – just click below to go to our signup form.
“Campaigning has empowered me. Knowing that my voice is heard in the political sphere when I have spoken at Parliamentary events and at an APPG meeting, it’s important for me to know that my experiences will help other survivors and shape future legislation and service provision.”
– Survivor and Women’s Aid campaigner
Campaigning Action: Call on your parliamentary candidates to prioritise survivors and their children in the general election 2019
As Brexit continues to dominate the political conversation, it is vital that we remind our parliamentary candidates of the other issues that are important to us. We know the devastating and vast impact domestic abuse has on the lives of so many women and children, and we must ensure our parliamentary candidates commit to take action.
Action: write to your parliamentary candidates asking for their commitment to tackling domestic abuse. Template letter available here.
Please also update Women’s Aid if you receive a responses as we will hold them to their promises.
Campaigning Action: Women’s and Girl’s Manifesto – general election 2019: #GE2019womenandgirls
This general election offers an opportunity for all political parties to explicitly support equality for women. Women’s lives have changed significantly in the last 50 years but there is still lots of work to do. That’s why we’re backing the ‘Women’s and Girl’s Manifesto’, which calls for a system to prevent abuse and support survivors of all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Campaigning Action: Sign London Black Women’s Project’s petition asking Newham Council to reverse their decision to stop funding their refuges
One of our life-saving member services, London Black Women’s Project has been supporting black and minoritised women and their children affected by violence against women and girls in London for over 32 years. In June they received the news that they had lost local authority funding for their refuge accommodation in Newham. Help us stand in solidarity with London Black Women’s Project in their campaign to reverse this damaging decision:
Campaigning Action: Spread the Word – Opportunities to become an Ask Me Community Ambassador
Communities are often the first to know about domestic abuse. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to talk about it. Our Ask Me projects are creating teams of Community Ambassadors to raise awareness of domestic abuse and create safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out.
Ask Me projects are now being rolled all over the country – find out if the project is in your local area by looking at the list at the end of this email. You can contact the local coordinator to sign up to become a Community Ambassador, or to help spread the word about this exciting project!
Tools and Resources
Campaign Champion Toolkit
Campaigners and activists drive progress and make history. Our toolkit provides advice on getting started with your campaign, who to target, talking to the media, staying safe, and has lots of top tips too.
Starting a campaign can be daunting. Begin with clear actions and celebrate your successes!
Toolkit for your local MP
Women’s Aid has created a toolkit for MPs constituency offices to help them to identify and support survivors of domestic abuse that might come to them for help.
Can you post this toolkit to your local MPs office, drop some copies in or email them over? Find your local MP using this website.