Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – a day to highlight the fact that one in three women and girls experiences sexual violence. Still in 2018, almost 20 years after this day received its official designation, violence against women remains steadfast – and deadly. A new report from the UN, released today, shows that 137 women were killed every day, by someone they knew, in 2017. Yet, violence against women and girls remains largely unreported due to the stigma and shame surrounding it.
In honour of this important day, we spoke to Mehala Osborne, a campaigner who worked with Women’s Aid to successfully get the government to make voting anonymously easier for victims of domestic abuse.