Violence Against Women

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

What The Party Manifestos Mean For Women On: Violence Against Women And Girls Services

Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson

It is not clear whether any of the parties are proposing to make up for cuts in local funding for existing services, still less ensure that services are available to meet the needs of all women including in parts of the country where there are currently few services. The Government itself admits that violence against women costs society around £40billion a year.

We Should Not Lose Sympathy When Three Girls Become Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

When we see women with addictions, in prison or having their children removed by social services, we can be quick to judge with little thought as to the traumatic experiences that underpin so many of these women's lives.

Advice To Ched Evans

Jean Hatchet | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

Since rape is a crime that can only be committed by a biological male according to UK law, then the onus really is upon the man to police his own potentially rapist behaviour. I can see you think this is unfair. It isn't. It is the law.

What Is The Problem With Women Having Rights?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Women should have the right to walk down the street free of harassment, to not be hit by their husbands and to not be blamed for being sexually objectified by men. Women and girls should have the right to education, to not be controlled by male members of their family and to have the same rights to sexual freedom, as men allow themselves. What is the problem with this?

Stop The Silence Around Violence Against Women

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

We need to do something about it and we need to do something about it today. In no single person's moral universe, whether guided by religion or any other cultural value, should the violation and degradation of another's physical body or integrity be allowed.

How Many More Women Like Alice Ruggles Have To Die Before We Learn Our Lesson?

Polly Neate | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Polly Neate

How many more women must die before we learn the lessons? Dhillon made a choice to kill Alice. Two women a week, on average, are killed by a current or former intimate partner in England and Wales. It's not a crime of passion. It's not a fatal attraction, or a man driven mad by love, or a woman who secretly or subconsciously wants to be harmed. Men kill women because they can. And they can, not because women let them - but because our society, our culture lets them.

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let's Not Forget Women And Girls

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Princes William and Harry's work in highlighting how men can struggle with mental health problems is hugely welcome and will no doubt play an important role in raising awareness and helping to tackle stigma.

Sexual Harassment, Confusion Or Complacency?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Sitting with a group of Moroccans discussing sexual harassment, a problem in Morocco all the men and women in the group confirmed, one of the young wo...

Don't Forget About The Women In War

Johanna Higgs | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As the brutal chemical bombings in Syria dominate the news headlines, the general consensus amongst the media seems to be one of horror. As it should ...

The Police And State Agencies Must Do More To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

In my 38 years working on the front line against domestic violence I have seen time and again how the justice system can fail women and girls when the...

Why I'm Blocking Twitter Ads For Women's Rights

Ben Moore | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
Ben Moore

Oh look, Twitter have been making changes. As is usual with Twitter (and, let's face it, many tech companies) the changes have, for some at least, made the site more annoying and clunky. But it isn't the improvements that bother me, or indeed many people.

Violence Against Women Is Not 'Cultural'

Johanna Higgs | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Violence can never and should never, be justified under the banner of culture. Men do not allow violence to be perpetrated against them, or to be justified or excused as culture, and neither should women. Any act that causes physical or psychological harm and creates an environment where one does not have access to the same rights and opportunities as others, must be condemned.

The Nightmare Of Living With Violence: Women In Namibia

Johanna Higgs | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

'Ah these South African men like to hit their wives,' laughs one Namibian man in the costal city of Swakopumund, Namibia. We're watching a South Afric...

FGM Still Exists: And We Need To Fight Even Harder To Eradicate It

Jennette Arnold | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Jennette Arnold

all women everywhere The theme for this year's International Women's Day was #BeBoldForChange, calling on us all to make a world that works better and harder for gender inclusivity. Yet, despite society moving on from the sexism of the 1960s and 1970s, there are still some issues that demand our attention.

Sexual Harassment In Iraqi Kurdistan: A Problem For All Girls

Johanna Higgs | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

I'm in Iraqi Kurdistan. It's my third time here. Each time I come, it's to learn more about the different forms of violence and discrimination facing women and girls in the region as part of my work with my women's rights organization Project Monma.

We Cannot Be Silent On 'Honour-Based' Violence

Deeyah Khan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Deeyah Khan

all women everywhere The erasure of the category of 'honour'-based violence would not just place victims at risk. It would also erase over a decade of campaigning by organisations within minority communities which have fought for the recognition of these extremely dangerous acts of violence. However well-intended, we need to recognise that changing language which is essential for identifying individuals at risk.

He Wasn't In Love With Me

Rachel Charlton-Dailey | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Rachel Charlton-Dailey

I was bullied by girls for a lot of my childhood and teen years. I was a tall, skeletal, clumsy, opinionated, ginger - an easy target. I was teased, called names, tripped over in corridors and ostracised. To it's credit, my school dealt with this quite well; the girl were excluded, separated from their friends and the threats sunk in.

It's Time To Make Protecting Disabled Women And Girls A Global Priority

Anne Wafula-Strike | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Anne Wafula-Strike

all women everywhere Around one in five women worldwide is disabled. For me growing up in Africa as a disabled female I faced a double jeopardy and was left vulnerable by the system. For disabled women gender-based violence and disability discrimination combine to create brutal barriers to wellbeing.

A Third Of All Women Experience Violence In Their Lifetime. It's Time To Be Bold For Change

Imran Madden | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Today marks International Women's Day 2017, a day where we unite to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women aroun...

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World

Caitlin Roper | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

all women everywhere It is everyday terrorism against women, but it is not recognised as such because the targets are women, and the perpetrators are the very people who claim to love us. While many of us have been directly harmed by male violence, the threat alone is enough to keep women as a class in a state of fear, controlled, pliable. Yet when reporting on male violence, mainstream media neglects to call it what it is, with headlines often stating the sex of the victim while downplaying the sex of the perpetrator, if even mentioning him at all... I am tired of being polite. I am sick of trying to convince men of women's basic humanity. I am tired of asking men nicely to stop raping and killing us.

Why Men Need To Get Behind The Istanbul Convention Bill

Alexander Morgan | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Alexander Morgan

Ridding the world of gender inequality will, I believe, curb the increase in intimate abuse. I want to live in a world where no one is shamed because of their body, the money they earn or their perceived gender. The Istanbul Convention is the vehicle for tackling gender inequality, and that's why I support it.

Surviving Violence In The Sahara: The Women Of Mauritania

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Slavery. Perhaps one of the worst phenomenon's occurring on this earth at this time. No freedom to make choices in your life. No ability to protec...

A Woman's Ability To Get Help Should Not Depend On Where She Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Specialist women's centres are a vital resource for women often when they are at their most vulnerable and most in need of support. It is possible to realise lasting positive change for the thousands of women experiencing multiple disadvantage. But that can only happen if the existing organisations, those already providing holistic women-centred services, are able to survive.

Sainsbury's Removes Valentine's Card That 'Normalises' Stalking

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Sainsbury’s has come under fire for selling a Valentine’s Day card featuring a joke about stalking. The card reads: “From your secret admirer! ...