Violence Against Women

Dear Religious Anti-Abortionists, Stop Intimidating Women Outside Hospitals

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK
Sarah Cheverton

I'm asking you to understand that just as it isn't my right to tell you your beliefs are wrong, it is not your right to attempt to emotionally manipulate, intimidate or scare women on a day that is already difficult enough.

Sexual Harassment Must Be Criminalised

Johanna Higgs | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

It is essential that everybody, everywhere places pressure on their governments to implement laws that make sexual harassment not only illegal, but socially unacceptable. We as a global community need to work together to make it unacceptable for men to degrade and sexually humiliate women for their own perverse enjoyment.

Violence Against Girls Is Corrosive To Society

Kevin J Jenkins | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Kevin J Jenkins

©Sacha Myers More than half the world's women and girls experience some kind of physical or sexual violence in their early years. This miserable ti...

Tunisia Leads The Muslim World On Women's Rights

Johanna Higgs | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

'Education,' she says. 'It was also the way in which I was raised, we are now supposed to be very open minded in Tunisia. I have also travelled and when you go to other countries and you see women in a bad situation, you ask why? But it is also because I dream of things, I want to have the same things as men.'

Join Refuge On 9 September To Walk4 A World Without Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

One of the most common myths I have to address time and again about domestic violence is the idea that it is rare. Even though social attitudes have ...

Terrified Of Men

Jean Hatchet | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

Violence and abuse of women is committed in such numbers that it is, and should be seen as, terrorism. It is designed to create terror in women specifically and to stop them going about their daily lives in safety.

The Young Woman Standing Up To Violence In Thailand

Johanna Higgs | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

My work on raising awareness about violence against women and girls around the world with my foundation Project Monma has this time brought me to Thai...

Why Women Don't Speak Out

Johanna Higgs | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Higgs

Sexual harassment needs to stop. Leering, degrading comments and unwanted touching, women don't like it. If you harass a woman, it's your fault. Nobody made you do it, you are in control of your own behavior. It's not what she's wearing, it's not how many sexual partners she's had, it's you. Respect others in the street or the workplace as you yourself would like to be respected. Most of all, respect a woman's right to speak out.

To End Gender-Based Violence We Must Change Masculinity

Prabu Deepan | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Prabu Deepan

In this vlog for HuffPost UK, Prabu talks about how we define what it is to be a man, and how toxic masculinity leads to abuse of women across the world. He also discusses his work with men countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo on educating both men and women on gender justice, and working to eradicate aspects of culture that are used to promote and justify the abuse of 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.