Violence Against Women

What Are the SDGs and Why Should You Care?

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Its easy to be a little skeptical but hard not to be inspired by the ambition and potential of these unprecedented goals. Personally I think this represents a great leap forward and makes me hopeful about what we can achieve collectively in the next fifteen years. Remember, these are your Goals. Every single one of you.

A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...

Don't You Find It Overwhelming?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

People always ask me how I can work on violence against women? "Isn't is depressing?" they say. On my way to South Africa last week for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum - the largest international conference on violence against women and girls in the Global South - the flight attendant said to me, "Don't you find it overwhelming?" For me, I wonder how I could not work on this issue.

He Wanted to Break Into My Home

Alice | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

A while ago a man began following me on my way to and from school. He lives in the same area as me and has a wife and two children at home. Yet he came up to me and said he loved me. I told him no and continued walking.

We Must Overcome Violence at Home to Go to School

Faridah | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

My name is Faridah, and I am 17 years old. I left school when I was 12 and married when I was 15. Now I have decided to continue my schooling. I have been given a chance to attend a school run by Plan near my home. My family does not agree, however, and they will do everything to stop me.

Breaking the Cycle

Polly Neate | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The level of culture change that's needed for cyclists to feel safe all the time is dauntingly huge. At best, motorists are telling cyclists, "Yes this is our game, our bat, our ball, our rules - but you can play if you want. We own the road but you can use it. What more do you want?" What needs to happen is a new game, new rules. Power has to change hands. That's still a long way off.

Local Women's Rights Organisations are Key to Changing the Plight Of Domestic Violence Survivors Across The World

Claire Hickson | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
Claire Hickson

A World Bank report published last week found that in the past 25 years, over a hundred countries have enacted laws on domestic violence though many have not. The authors attribute much of this progress to international instruments and agreements. In reality, it is the work of local women's rights organisations that makes the most difference and that's why they need our support.

How to Be a Feminist Ally - In Nine Confusing Steps...

Kate Menear | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Menear

Some of these points may confuse you. That's because it IS confusing. It's hard to navigate how to be a good ally. My advice is to figure it out quietly, to ask if you get stuck and to always remain open.

Strangers Have Donated Thousands For Teen Attacked For Wearing A Bikini

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Strangers have raised thousands of pounds for a girl beaten with a brass poll just for wearing a bikini. The horrific moment Jessica Byrnes-Laird w...

Young Domestic Violence Victim Encourages Others To Seek Help

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Kate Friday's boyfriend began to send her rude and hurtful text messages, she didn't identify his dominating behaviour as domestic abuse. It w...

Domestic Violence Victim Shares Heartbreaking Video To Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence victim has bravely shared her story on social media to show the reality of living in a violent relationship. Emma Murphy, a 26-...

Women at the Forefront of Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Need Our Support

Jenny Ricks | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Jenny Ricks

This is action that cannot afford to wait. We cannot afford to miss this moment. If we do, women and girls will continue to pay with their bodies, their choices, their opportunities and their lives for generations to come.

The UN Special Rapporteur Is Right

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Karen Ingala Smith

The UK's lack of "a consistent and coherent approach to tackling violence against women" has been criticised in an official report by the UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

This Report Proves Violence Against Women Is A Global 'Epidemic'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite the rising popularity of feminism and increasing cultural focus on gender equality, violence against women is still an undeniable issue worldw...

Crime Surveys Are Masking the Scale of Domestic Violence - And the Numbers Matter

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

The numbers matter. Without clear and accurate data, women's experiences of violence are written out of the story on British crime, and policy decisions on how to respond to domestic violence are made based on only half of the picture. How do we develop appropriate and effective responses to a crime we do not fully understand? We need to get to the bottom of why in 2015 thousands of women and children are still being traumatised and brutalised in their own homes. We need to understand why women and children are still being killed and killing themselves to escape domestic violence.

Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament!

Frances Scott | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Recently there's been lots of discussion concerning Human Rights and who should determine our "Rights". So where do women fit into this debate? A core founding principle of The United Nations is "the equal rights of men and women". Then why is Parliament still predominantly male?

My Visit to Sierra Leone on the Eve of Ebola

Angela Rippon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Angela Rippon

In November, Sierra Leone was reporting 550 new cases of ebola every week. Today the number has slowed to seven new cases a week. Just a few weeks ago, the schools reopened. But there is still a long road ahead for Sierra Leone, and the brave women of West Africa who have already endured so much. I hope that next spring these tragic times will all be in the past, and Sierra Leone's future will once again look bright.

First Domestic Violence Safe House Opens For Women Over 45

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The country's first safe house for domestic violence victims over the age of 45 has opened. Eva Women's Aid, based in Redcar, Teesside - which has ...

#BlameOneNotAll: I Want a Nobel Peace Prize for Not Kicking Random Men in the Goolies

Louise Pennington | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Rather than spending the next 40 years holding ticker tape parades and award ceremonies for every single woman who did not commit an act of violence in the last 24 hours, we could just point out the #BlameOneNotAll campaign, created by media company Mintified, is just another pile of misogynistic drivel

The Story of Mia And The Women Peacemakers

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

100 years ago, Germany's first female jurist, a former actress named Anita Augspurg, organised a 1,200-strong international women's congress in The Hague delivering a simple message to world leaders: no more war.

Rape Campaign #ThisDoesntMeanYes Wants To End Victim Blaming

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When a woman wears a short skirt or flirts with a man, it does not mean she's saying "yes" to sex. New campaign #ThisDoesn'tMeanYes aims to highlig...

Student President Petitioned To Resign After 'Slapping Woman' Twice On Drunken Night Out

The Huffington Post UK | James Beeson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

*Trigger Warning: Violence Against Women* Loughborough University's incoming student president has been urged to resign after it was revealed he wa...

Ending Male Violence- Wearing a Ribbon is Not Enough but It's a Start

Chris Green | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Chris Green

25,000 men have signed a pledge "Never to Commit, Excuse or Remain Silent about Violence against Women"- of course it should be 20 million , but it's a start, and we have 150 grassroots Ambassadors promoting discussions of the issues across the UK.

Do Madonna's Comments on Rape Portray Our Societies' Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women?

Becky Hopper | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Madonna recently opened up on Sirius XM's Howard Stern Show about her first years living in New York. She bravely told her story of being raped in the city before she became the superstar she is today..