Violence Against Women

Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini And Nigel Evans Should Drop Campaign For Suspect Anonymity

Sarah Green | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Sarah Green

On Friday we sent an open letter to Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini and Nigel Evans MP asking them to re-consider their 'campaign' for anonymity for those suspected of sexual offences. In the letter we argue that we have an open legal system for good reason...

Sexual Harassment Is A Serious Issue Mr Trump. Take It Seriously

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

From groups of men in Lebanon laughing about sexually harassing women to watching the smiles spread over the faces of men throughout Latin America as I've complained of sexual harassment, there is no doubt to me that there are many men around the world that enjoy harassing women.

Art And Music Collide For Winning Performance At Funny Women Awards

Lynne Parker | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Last week a charming young woman with a name tailor-made for comedy nuances picked up her guitar and sung her way to victory in the stage category of our 14th Funny Women Awards.

Creating Safe Spaces For Women Is Not 'Sexism'

Kate Milner | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Milner

In some ways, it's crazy that I have to expand on this post past the title. I will expand, but first let me repeat that - creating safe spaces for women is not sexism. In fact, denying women safe spaces is far more sexist and discriminatory.

Education, Not Censorship, Is The Key To Addressing Children's Access To Porn

Verity Ryan | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Verity Ryan

Theresa May could be a much needed breath of fresh air to the government's approach on sex education: as Home Secretary it is rumoured she was supportive of bids to make the subject compulsory. With a wafer-thin majority, and battle ahead with Brexit, she may not be willing to use up political capital on revisiting it.

Living With Violence In Turkey And Lebanon: Syrian Women's Stories

Johanna Higgs | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As a global community we need to demand that justice is brought against men who abuse positions of power and we must demand that attitudes that promote the disempowerment and degradation of women come to end. Together we can work towards this goal.

XXX School Girls Wanted

Rachel Bell | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Rachel Bell

'I've answered phones in enough brothels to know the most common question is always, 'What age is the youngest girl you have?' writes Rachel Moran, a ...

Why Social Media Is Fueling The All-Time High In Cases Of Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK

Prosecutions for violence against women and girls have reached a record high, as a senior prosecutor says social media is increasingly being used to ...

It's Time For Sport To Tackle Inequality At Community Level

Angus Berry | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

The Olympics give sport a powerful platform every four years, and it is now time for communities all over the world to recognise how sport can be used for development. Through challenging social norms and providing a platform for community led social development, CCI's inaugural project will lead the way in achieving this recognition.

As Helen's Trial Begins, Refuges for Real-Life Helens Are In Crisis Again

Polly Neate | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Polly Neate

As the trial of Helen Titchener begins, if her plight makes you afraid for real-life survivors of domestic abuse - so it should. And if it makes you think and hope that those real-life women have a way to escape, then you should be even more afraid. I'm here to tell you that their escape route is in danger of being shut down. As actors Louiza Patikas (Helen) and Timothy Watson (Rob) have portrayed so compellingly in The Archers, the level of control a domestic abuse perpetrator can exert over his victim, over time, is total. Yet, it is also often invisible to those around her, even those who care most - or even to herself.

Someone Needs To Tell The Media That Brock Turner Isn't The Victim

Emma Critchley | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Emma Critchley

The media needs to stop normalising rape and pushing blame onto the victim. Secret survivors of rape are everywhere. This burden will always be with them. We need to make it easier for survivors of rape to talk about what has happened; we need to make it easier for survivors to come forward. The media needs to stop with its crude reporting of rape.

Sexual Harassment in the Middle East

Johanna Higgs | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Don't laugh at sexist jokes, don't tolerate your friends harassing women and speak up when you see it happening. Don't dismiss the issue as being irrelevant, shrug you shoulders or say that it doesn't matter. We can all make a change.

Sexual Harassment in South Africa

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

South Africa is no stranger to the problem of sexual harassment. And not just in the military. It happens in the streets and it happens in the workplace. Men leer aggressively as women walk down the street and do so with a sense of arrogance and entitlement.

More Than a Roof: Women's Shelters Changing Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Lee Webster

The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.

Prostitution: Changing the Law Is Vital But Not Enough

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.

Slavery in the Indian Ocean: The Trafficking of Women in Madagascar

Johanna Higgs | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Trafficking. Arguably one of the worst human horrors occurring on this planet at this time. Slavery in its modern form. Men, women and children are tricked and coerced into slavery for labor and worse, sexual slavery. It is estimated that there are around 30 million men, women and children currently enslaved across the globe.

Sexual Harassment: I've Had Enough

Johanna Higgs | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Higgs

This world was built for everyone. Not just for one gender. This is a woman's world, yes it is. The abuse needs to stop and it needs to have stopped yesterday. Everyone needs to be part of this to make it happen. When you stand up against abuse, you are protecting and you are setting an example.

Yezidi Women: Surviving the Horror of Isis

Johanna Higgs | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

We must speak out. Whether justifying a slave market with the Koran or an act of sexual violence by a piece of clothing we must recognize this for what it is, an excuse to abuse. We must never allow sexual violence to occur, we must always speak out and we must ensure that our own religion, culture or society does not do what ISIS is doing, find excuses to abuse women.

Leaving the EU Would Put Our Progress on Violence Against Women and Girls at Risk

Vera Baird QC | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

The EU's determination to tackle international violence against women and girls has led to measures such as the anti-trafficking directive. Without the obligation to implement that, as EU members, the UK would not be so advanced in our fight against modern slavery and sexual exploitation.

An Interview With Osman Ocalan: The Guerrilla Movement Rejecting Discrimination Against Women in Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

My meeting with Osman Ocalan was for me, truly revolutionary. In the midst of this tremendous violence facing women not just in Iraqi Kurdistan but throughout the world, there are men who choose not to conform to the discriminatory attitudes that promote the rights of men and limit those of women.

How Can We Change Rape Culture?

Emma Fulu | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Emma Fulu

It is time to move beyond outrage and take real action. Governments need to address the political, social, and economic structures that subordinate women, and implement national plans and make budget commitments to invest in actions by multiple sectors to prevent and respond to abuse. Only then do we have a chance of ending violence against women and creating cultures of equality and respect.

Why Women Are Just Not Into the EU

Jade Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

We as a country are perfectly capable of advocating women's rights without help from anyone else, especially overpaid Eurocrats. We must lobby the MPs in power, stand up for what we believe in and always vote. Voting to leave the European Union is the safest choice for women.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

Connecting the Dots: Violence Against Women, Gender Inequality, and Histories of Conflict in Timor-Leste

Emma Fulu | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Emma Fulu

A recent study conducted by The Asia Foundation found that 3 in 5 ever-partnered women aged 15 to 49 in Timor-Leste had experienced physical or sexual...

Between a Rock and Hard Place: Where Can Vulnerable Women Turn for Help?

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Last week a report into domestic abuse services highlighted a story seldom told, the very high level of need amongst women fleeing violence and abuse and the huge gaps there are in meeting this need.