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Laura Bates

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of thousands of stories of sexism experienced by women around the world. By providing a collective voice, the project aims to prove the sheer scale of the problem, prove wrong those who say that it no longer exists and prompt dialogues about how to tackle it. Laura is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a Women's Media Center project documenting and advocating against the use of sexualised violence as a weapon of war in conflict zones worldwide. She writes a weekly Everyday Sexism blog for the Independent and has also written for the Women's Media Center, the F Word and Jump! Magazine for girls.

We Must Act Now On The Istanbul Convention

In June 2012, the UK government signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. But years later it still has yet to ratify the convention, which would bring into legal force measures, among others, requiring the UK to protect from and prevent violence against women, and to prosecute perpetrators who are nationals or resident in the UK - wherever they commit the act of violence... The longer the government drags its feet on ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the longer it seems to send the message that it is happier to pay lip service to the problem than actually taking concrete steps to solve it.
12/12/2016 16:07 GMT

New Statistics Shine a Spotlight on Street Harassment

With brand new statistics from YouGov revealing that 85% of young women have experienced street harassment, the conversation about dealing with everyday sexism in public spaces has never been more urgent.
11/03/2016 08:30 GMT

'Men and Women Live in Different Worlds'

The effect of living in a world where people of one sex are treated - in myriad tiny, indistinguishable, invisible ways - completely and utterly differently from people of another sex is enormous. You don't need to directly experience each individual component for this level of combined violence and oppression and prejudice to have a huge impact on you - on your life and your lifestyle, your ideas and ideals, and your fundamental perception of yourself and of the world around you. We think of men and women as living and working in the same world, and experiencing it similarly. But in many ways the manifestation of an identical event or activity by one might be entirely unrecognizable to the other.
30/06/2014 17:16 BST

How the Top 140 Tweeters List Reflects UK Society

Of the 13 people listed in the 'politics' category, only two are women, reflecting a society in which male MPs outnumber their female peers four to one and of a cabinet of 23, only four of its members are women.
10/11/2013 22:30 GMT

Dear David... An Open Letter to the Editor of the Sun

"I once worked in a company where I was the only female on a floor of men. They would look me up and down, laughing. They would bring in <em>The Sun</em>, put it on my desk open at Page 3 and ask if I looked like the topless woman pictured."
23/08/2013 12:22 BST

Teaching Our Children About Healthy Relationships Just Makes Sense

Imagine a country - a country with a population of, say, 63million people. Imagine that in that country, over 80,000 women are raped and 400,000 sexually assaulted every year, and over two per week killed by a current or former partner. Imagine that in that country one in three girls age 16-18 report experiencing unwanted sexual touching at school and nearly a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 have experienced physical or sexual violence. Imagine that within that society, in which one in four women will experience domestic violence, half of 16-18 year olds wouldn't know where to go to get support if it happened.
10/06/2013 18:12 BST

Just What Exactly IS the Argument FOR Page 3?

I have heard several arguments about the rights of women to choose careers as glamour models, but even this, whilst a valid argument for the existence of top-shelf publications, does not begin to address the issue of whether these sexually objectifying images should appear in our most-read family newspaper. It is not an argument for Page 3.
05/10/2012 14:54 BST

Everyday Sexism at Work

Worryingly, the Everyday Sexism Project have received many reports from women describing sexual assault and even rape in the workplace being swept under the carpet or dealt with inappropriately by their employers: "Once raped by a colleague on a night out. Guess who lost their job? (not him)," read one, while another describes how after she was sexually assaulted at work "This was brushed under the carpet, the police weren't called and I was moved 'off-site'."
21/09/2012 18:26 BST

Everyday Sexual Assault

Once, I was walking down the street when a group of men came up behind me. I didn't turn around. There was plenty of room on the pavement for them to pass by. But they didn't. They stopped behind me and one, suddenly, roughly and completely out of the blue, grabbed my jeans-clad bottom from behind and squeezed, pushing his fingers forwards and upwards towards my crotch.
02/09/2012 20:56 BST