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Duchess of Cornwall calls on Commonwealth to end gender-based violence


Mrs Johnson has long supported her work on gender-based violence and was in the audience when the Duchess spoke on the subject in London last October.

In 2009, she was one of 14 women who testified against “black cab rapist” John Worboys, who picked her up in his taxi in 2007, when she was 19.

Calls to domestic violence helplines up ‘500 pc’

The future Queen consort has vowed to keep campaigning against domestic violence for “a lifetime”. Earlier this year, after the Queen cemented her future title with a ringing personal endorsement, the Duchess acknowledged it had already elevated her platform. 

She has worked alongside Diana Parkes, whose daughter Joanna Simpson was killed by her husband in 2010, while their two children were in the house and has called for a “culture change” in the way violence against women is tackled.

Last year, she delivered a powerful speech in which she asked: “How many more women must be harassed, raped or murdered before we truly unite to forge a violence-free world.”

Today, the Duchess noted that calls to domestic violence helplines across the Commonwealth had increased by up to 500 per cent, and that globally, nearly one in three women have been abused in their lifetime. She described the figures as “shocking”.

She referred to her visit, alongside the Prince of Wales, to the Kigali Genocide Memorial and the message she had taken away, that we all have a personal responsibility to fight discrimination and ideologies that cause such destruction to others.

It was in that “same spirit of encouraging personal responsibility” that she spoke today, she said.


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