Violence Against Women

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.

Violence Against Women and Girls - It's Time to Put Words Into Action

Girish Menon | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

Today in Westminster, MPs from across different political parties will join together to debate this issue and discuss what really needs to be done in order to bring an end to the violence that scars the lives of so many.

We All Know an 'Angela' - Reflecting on Lessons From Angela Wrightson's Murder

Jacob Tas | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jacob Tas

How many of us know of 'Angela' or a woman like her? Is her story familiar to you? Have you come across her in your professional life? Does she live on a street you know? Have you seen her in the off-licence?

Like Genocide, Slavery and Torture, Sexual Violence During Conflict Must Be Challenged and Eradicated

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The UK Government has played a key role in starting what will be a long and difficult road to ending sexual violence in conflict. It is time for it to show it has the mettle and the motivation to stay the course.

France Bans Purchase of Sex

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

On Wednesday, France voted for gender equality by making the purchase of commercial sex illegal, while decriminalising and providing exiting services and support to people in prostitution. It was a conclusive verdict, with 64 politicians voting in favour and 12 voting against the new bill.

The Unsung Heroes of Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

I can guarantee that near you, often in a secret location and always with nowhere near enough funds, women have been working for decades to keep victims of domestic abuse safe. They offer somewhere to flee for safety, working with women and their children as they rebuild their shattered lives. This is the face of charity we never see...

Burning Oil and Not A Single Scream

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ravinder Randhawa

'...In the middle of beating her up, he picked up the pan of hot oil and poured it on her head, and that woman ... that Jat woman ... didn't let out a single scream, not a squeak.' That was a story I heard in my childhood, as the women gossiped and I, still young and childlike, shadowed my mother, nestling against her and absorbing, imbibing...

The Women of the World Festival and the Plight of the Yazidis

Rachel Lankester | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lankester

Vian has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. I can think of no more deserving recipient of this award. And her people need the global awareness the award could bring. Maybe then the world will care enough to demand action. Please help spread the word about the genocide of the Yazidis and the continuing enslavement of Yazidi women and girls.

The Government Strategy to End Violence Against Women and Girls Needs to Be More Than Words on a Page

Sarah Champion | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing issues of our day and these words are very welcome. However, as we have seen before, encouraging words are not always followed by appropriate action.

Women: Crushed When Caged, Beautiful When Free

Fila Magnus | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Fila Magnus

Today, marks the 103rd year we've celebrated International Woman's Day. Though much has changed since then, we're still millions of miles away from reaching where we need to be.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Will Be a Defining Issue of My Mayoralty

Zac Goldsmith | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Zac Goldsmith

London is a great city, but I want it be a great city - and a safe city - for everyone. That's why tackling violence against women and girls will be a defining issue of my mayoralty.

I've Got All My Sisters With Me - Where Women Are Winning

Jess Phillips | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

There is one thing I think that we women have that our brothers should envy and replicate - we have each other. The relationships I have had with women are life-changing. It is hard to put in to words the awesomeness of female friendship, many writers have tried to get the depth of women's relationships to leap off a page or transmit on to our screens.