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Case Study: Networks for peace in Kenya - Minority Rights Group

 

With a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, Minority Rights Group (MRG) is working with grassroots organisations in East Africa to help develop early warning conflict tracking systems that can help to break patterns of violence.

In Northern Kenya, violence in the area has hindered development, consumed wealth and perpetrators have begun to target young people. This includes a recent killing of four students – two studying at university and two still in high school – in what was viewed as a revenge attack.


Case Study: Reducing gender-based violence in Uganda - MIFUMI

Over the past year, Jo Cox Memorial grant holders, MIFUMI, have been engaging communities in Tororo, Bukedea and Budaka districts in Uganda through a series of activities.

Its sole aim is to build a community that will recognise, challenge, and resist all forms of violence and abuse against women and children. This has included the development of a network that currently comprises of over 274 local community members, including frontline caseworkers, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, MIFUMI Women’s Rights Champions, MIFUMI Gender-Sensitive Men, and local duty bearers.


Marking the 5th Anniversary of Jo's Murder

A statement from The Jo Cox Foundation:

Five years ago, on June 16th 2016, Jo Cox MP was murdered in her constituency of Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire.

Jo’s death caused shock and dismay across the UK and the world. Jo’s family said they had been "overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have been given by so many people. From the thousands of messages we have received through to the dedication of so many individuals and organisations to continue Jo’s work".

 


Announcement: Su Moore appointed new CEO of The Jo Cox Foundation

 

 

 

The Jo Cox Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Su Moore as The Jo Cox Foundation’s new Chief Executive. 

 

 

 


Statement from The Jo Cox Foundation

Our Ambassador Kim Leadbeater, sister of Jo Cox, is taking an unpaid leave of absence from the Foundation to pursue the candidacy for the parliamentary seat of Batley & Spen.

The Jo Cox Foundation is committed to working across political divides, and we will maintain that focus in the coming weeks and months. We also fully support the right of everyone to take part in the democratic process.

One of our key areas of work is around promoting respect and civility in public life, and we urge all candidates in the by-election to run a respectful and safe campaign.

We wish Kim and all candidates putting their hat into the ring the best of luck with the campaign.


Abuse and Intimidation: Guidance for Candidates

Over 50 MPs stood down at the 2019 UK General Election, many saying this was at least in part due to abuse they had received. Women, in particular, suffer a disproportionate level of unacceptable behaviour.

Adeen (17) Dylan (15) and Layla (17) have collated these resources for candidates to help them if they have encountered abuse and intimidation both online and in real life. These students joined us for a week as part of a Speakers 4 Schools placement. 


Join us and pledge your support for a respectful campaign.

As the 2021 elections draw closer, The Jo Cox Foundation invites you to support our pledge for a respectful election campaign.

Pledge to Campaign Respectfully  


Campaign: Make Misogyny A Hate Crime

“Misogyny is the soil in which violence against women grows” - Mel Jeffs, CEO Nottingham Women’s Centre

UPDATE: On the 17th March, following a debate in the House of Lords, the government conceded to direct police forces in England and Wales to record misogyny hate crime on an experimental basis. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign.

 


Case Study: Jo Cox Memorial Grants: Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)

Woman in front of group of men in community Jo Cox was a life-long humanitarian, dedicating her career to helping those less fortunate than herself. In honour of Jo's memory and her international legacy, the Department for International Development (DFID) – now the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – launched the Jo Cox Memorial Grants in March 2018. This £10 million UK Aid Direct fund supports organisations working all over the world on two themes: women’s social, economic and political empowerment and strengthening civil society to prevent violence. We are delighted to share this case study from the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), whose successful work in Uganda is leading to an increase in the participation and leadership of women in politics.

Blog: My work experience at the Jo Cox Foundation

Jessica, aged 18 from City and Islington College, joined The Jo Cox Foundation at the beginning of July in 2020 for a work experience placement with Speakers for Schools and through their S4SNextGen programme. Jessica has written a short account of her experience: