Update! 

Our Know Your Human Rights tool for women survivors has now been launched.

You can access it here: www.knowyourhumanrights-domesticabusesurvivors.co.uk

8 December 2020

On 25 November, we published our blog 'Human rights and addressing domestic abuse' for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

This blog was written by our Human Rights Officer, Eilidh, who has worked hard this year to develop an online tool which will support women to know their human rights and the duties of public services to respect and protect these, not only to keep them safe (which is vital) but to also help rebuild their lives. The tool will be launched in January 2021, but we're sharing some insights into the tool as part of this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

For today, Day 14 of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we're taking an in-depth look at a key theme of Eilidh's blog: the "lightbulb moment".

Lightbulb Moments

Eilidh's blog tells us about the background to human rights and their importance in addressing domestic abuse and violence against women. Eilidh talks about "lightbulb moment" when people learn about and understand human rights, and can see how they apply to their daily lives and interactions with public bodies:

We’ve all heard the saying “knowledge is power” a million times. This is of course true, having knowledge about our human rights is the essential starting point. But when we have past experiences which might impact our confidence or possibility to stand up for ourselves or we are in a situation where there is a perceived or real power imbalance (for example, when an individual is interacting with a public service) we need to have more than just the knowledge. We need to know how human rights work in practice and have the confidence to use them.

It is so important to move human rights from the law books to everyday life, using real examples and a practical human rights based approach. This is what we strive to do at BIHR, with resources and tools like the one EIlidh is busy developing making human rights accessible to everyone.

Read Eilidh's blog here.

Learn more about our work with women rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse here.