Women’s Resource Centre report: Women’s Equality in England – Shadow Report submitted to the UN CEDAW Committee

There is a lack of protection and support for migrant women facing domestic abuse and their children, transnational marriage abandonment, and extra-territorial jurisdiction.

The Women’s Resource Centre have produced the England Shadow report (pdf) for the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) .

This report is the product of a series of online consultations and six regional workshops, with women and women’s organisations across England.

The report recommends:

  • The UK provide a more intersectional and joined up progress UKSR; and reconsider its refusal to incorporate the provisions of CEDAW into domestic law
  • The Government recognise prostitution as a form of violence against women and girls, rather than legitimising the purchase of access to women’s bodies as a form of commerce
  • That schools careers programmes are explicitly designed to challenge gender stereotypes
  • Ensuring equal access to healthcare for all women (e.g. transport, translation services) prioritising women with the poorest health outcomes, through JSNAs and commissioning women’s specialist services
  • Department of Health suspend charges for maternity care to overseas visitors to ensure vulnerable migrant women’s access to maternity care, and develop cost-benefit analysis into charging, factoring in the longer-term health of women and their children.

Read the full report (pdf).