Violence Against Women

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..

I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the Table

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

For centuries, we've been stuck with the status quo: in the corporate world, in international affairs, in education, sports, media and everything in-between. The present state of affairs is very evidently not working, and yet it endures. It's time to start saying, loudly, "this isn't good enough anymore."

Women's Voices and the Rising Tide of Violence

Scilla Elworthy | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Scilla Elworthy

Throughout the patriarchal era, the voice of woman has been silenced. It is barely audible now. It is surely time for women of every nation, religion and ethnic group to say: "Enough is enough! There must be an end to this ongoing slaughter, rape and suffering. Together, we can and must end it."

It's Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, International Women's Day may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women. But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where more girls are in school and more are earning qualifications than ever before; where maternal mortality is at an all-time low; where more women are in leadership positions, and where women are increasingly standing up, speaking out and demanding action.

New Rules for Women on the Rise

Ozioma | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ozioma

It is only by questioning and exploring what's already been done, and looking at opportunities for more effective, sustainable solutions to our individual and collective challenges that we can loosen the grip antiquated models have on our current reality.

On International Women's Day Enough Is Enough

Meg Munn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

In the words of Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women - "Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation we face globally, whether in times of peace, conflict or post-conflict transition". We cannot allow this to go on any longer.

Powerful Domestic Violence Campaign Features #TheDress

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The Salvation Army have released a powerful domestic violence advert featuring #TheDress that sent the internet into meltdown last week. "Why is it...

#girlhero: The Story of a Girl Fighting for Education

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

The grades of the some of the students have improved and, despite the challenge of talking to boys about their violent behaviour, Evelyn's persistence has changed the attitudes and actions of many of the boys she speaks to.

Garden Variety Creepiness - Romantic Heroes or Abusive Men

Tom Meagher | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Meagher

n Fifty Shades, we see the egregious result of every Hollywood 'ending as beginning' in a way that still lionises the abuser. Hollywood's classic arc is to portray a controlling man only up to the point where he 'gets' the girl.

Should Women Be Scared of Travelling in India? Read What These 10 Women Have to Say

Priya Shetty | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Priya Shetty

I've travelled all over India, and will continue to do so, taking the same precautions I always have. But do other women feel differently? To find out, I asked a group of professional women who either live in India, or travel there often, how they feel about their safety in India...

Forced Marriage - Is the UK Doing Enough to Prevent it?

Charlotte Baker | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Charlotte Baker

Between 2012-2013, the Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 1302 forced marriage cases involving 74 different countries. Many more suffer in silence, hidden away from society by their spouses and extended family.

Femicide in South Africa: Reeva Steenkamp Was the Victim of Toxic Gender Inequality

Lydia Smith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lydia Smith

During the period in which Pistorius was sentenced, approximately 27 women were killed as a result of domestic abuse in the country. The rate of femicide is five times higher than the global average, a result of the aggressive masculinity that colours the socio-political landscape of South Africa.

Femicide Census: Why We're Counting Dead Women

Polly Neate | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The systems in place to protect women from male violence are not working. The Femicide Census, launched today, makes that clear... We hope the census will be a wake up call to our imminent new government, of whatever colour, to ensure that one agency locally is held accountable for understanding and meeting the needs of women experiencing and escaping domestic violence, to preserve the national network of life-saving women's refuges, and above all to make solving this crisis one of the most urgent social policy priorities.

HIV and Gender-based Violence: What are the Costs of Inaction?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Too often, the great promise of campaigns and programmes is lost or undermined when the funding ends and the funders move on, looking for the next innovation. Or a new issue comes along and takes the headlines, and with it donor attention and dollars.

Why the 'Slap Her' Video Is Innately Sexist and Is Problematic for All Genders

Vicky Chan | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

On the surface, the video is a sweet portrayal of seemingly gentlemanly boys. However, you only have to look a little closer to realise that what they're saying and how the video is made only reflects the twisted, deep-rooted gender ideals still present in our modern day society.

What Happens When You Ask A Boy To Slap A Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

What happens when you ask a boy to slap a girl? Nothing is the answer. A group of boys were individually interviewed as part of a social media expe...

Girls' Lives Matter - India Bring Back Our Girls

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

One million girls being disappeared only because they are girls is a gendercide. And it's an annual occurrence in the world's largest democracy that will happen again in 2015, and perhaps grow in numbers by 2016 and future years without pressure for change. So here's a hashtag to start a conversation: #Indiabringbackourgirls

All Too Often, Decisions on Young People's Lives Are Made on Perception, Not Reality

Seema Malhotra | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Seema Malhotra

It is no longer acceptable to sit back and do nothing as our young people grapple with the challenges posed by an increasingly complex world. If we want the next generation to have every chance of growing up in a fair, safe and equal world, all of us - including politicians - need to act.

'King Of Instagram' Dan Bilzerian Banned For Life From Nightclub For Kicking A Woman In The Face

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Dan Bilzerian, AKA 'the king of Instagram', has been reportedly banned from a Miami nightclub for "kicking a woman in the face" during a brawl. Bil...

Panorama Shows 'Why She Doesn't Leave'

Polly Neate | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

There is a wall of ignorance standing between victims of domestic violence and the rest of us. The constant question "why doesn't she just leave him?" has such a simple answer: she fears she will be killed. The two women a week who are killed, on average, by a partner or former partner, bear silent witness to this.

Should We Be Amused by Guy Bourdin's Photographs, or Appalled?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The new exhibition of Guy Bourdin's photography at Somerset House presents us with a conundrum. There is no doubting the man's eye and talent for image creation, but these images were taken over 30 years ago and today, many of them are deeply uncomfortable, some of them arguably offensive.