Violence Against Women

Men Versus FGM

Leyla Hussein | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

Hold onto your horses, this is not a men-bashing blog; I just want to offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism on why many men shy away from discussing FGM and all other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... Before you attack me, I'd like to make it clear that I don't believe all men are guilty from shying away from such conversations and I certainly don't believe that all men who do avoid them condone FGM and other forms of VAWG. The point I want to make is that men need to recognise they have a responsibility to fight against such practices.

APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report "Shifting the Burden" Increases Violence Against Women

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade who are injecting drug users are the worst hit by their sex purchase ban. No harm reduction (condoms, lubrication etc.) for sex workers or drug users (needle exchanges) is provided in Sweden as it is erroneously believed to encourage sex work and drug use...

Laid Bare, How Thousands Of Domestic Violence Victims Are 'Let Down' By Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

Thousands of domestic violence victims are being failed by police forces across England and Wales due to "alarming and unacceptable weaknesses" in the...

Counting Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ingala Smith

Women are a community and our community is not safe. Our community is being killed by men - and whether we're killed by our partners or ex-partners, our sons, our muggers, our rapists; whether we're 22 or 82, whatever our race or religion or lack of religion, whether we're prostituted women, brain surgeons or shop assistants, none of us should count more than any other.

Violence Against Women: A UK Problem

Rosie Tallant | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

In terms of domestic abuse, 31% of women have experienced one or more incidents since the age of 16. It is worth bearing in mind that sexual violence and domestic abuse are vastly underreported, so even though the UK is on par with the rest of the world statistically, in reality these numbers are likely to be much higher.

Time to Pump More Money Into Gender Equality

Nabila Pathan | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nabila Pathan

Even if people's ignorance of women's inequality only stretches to the realms of women attempting to climb the career ladder, for it to be trivialized and scoffed at shows how some people are missing the point of equal representation benefiting society as a whole.

David Cameron Invites Inspirational Women to Help Him Get a Job Done

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Dotiwala

The most famous front door in the world has got to be the UK Prime Ministers abode. That huge black door, with the policeman standing guard sullenly outside, is recognised globally.

When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Violence Against Women: Enough Is Enough

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The statistics only tell half the story. They show that nearly half of all women (45%) in Europe have been the victim of some form of violence; 20-25% have experienced physical violence at least once and more than 1-in-10 has been subject to sexual violence involving force.

UK Must Constructively Engage with UN Expert on Violence Against Women

Dr Rosa Freedman | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Rosa Freedman

In 2014 Rashida Manjoo, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, will visit the UK to conduct a fact-finding mission and report on human r...

Marking V-Day , FGM and Sex

Leyla Hussein | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The same way I have come across women who have had type 3 FGM and can enjoy sex, I have come across women with type 1 who are terrified of it. FGM is an act of sexual violence and its emotional impact cannot be separated from the physical so easily.

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?

Skin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Skin

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.

Domestic Abuse Barbie Art Project Shows Realities Of Violence Against Women

SWNS | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Here's Barbie as you've never seen her before - as a model of domestic abuse. A student artist has painted black eyes, bruises and blood onto the p...

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Will 2014 Be Another Year of Tears or the Beginning of Real Hope That We Will See an End to FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Later this week I am travelling to East Africa and I will spend a month meeting with anti-FGM campaigners, representatives from governments and non-governmental organisations working on development programmes and/or violence against women initiatives...

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Why We Must Have Compulsory Sex Education for Our Boys and Girls

Diana Johnson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

The prevalence of violence against women and this latest research ought to shock us out of our complacency. We simply cannot go on shutting our eyes and hoping the problem will solve itself. As well as tackling violence when it occurs, we must seek to prevent it happening in the first place. Compulsory sex and relationship education in schools is key to this.

Simone de Beauvoir and Page 3: Why Banning the Degradation of Women Still Matters

Katy Gregory | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Why do we continue to reduce women to their physical image? Simone de Beauvoir once said "...modern woman is everywhere permitted to regard her body as capital for exploitation." Objectification is hurting women.

The Real 'Public Health Emergency' in the UK Is Domestic Violence, Not Divorce

Janey Stephenson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Janey Stephenson

Fiona Bruce MP recently stated that the breakdown of marriage was a "public health emergency". She couldn't be further from the truth. The real public health emergency in the UK is domestic violence, from which two women die per week. MPs like Bruce should be supporting women for leaving abusive marriages, not judging them.

Education vs Gangs in Rural Honduras

Eleanor Ross | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Eleanor Ross

The afternoon sun is beating down on the mountain town of Copan Ruinas in central Honduras. We are a short drive away from San Pedro Sula, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Gang warfare has divided the city for years, but the violence has steadily increased since the 2009 military coup when the Honduran Army overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.

We Cannot Go Back to a Time When Victims Were Ignored and Violence Against Women Dismissed

Helen Jones | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Jones

Imagine a world where two women a week are killed by their partners or former partners. A world where women are more at risk from domestic violence than from cancer, where every nine minutes a woman is raped. You don't have to imagine, for this is our world.

Why I Will be #TeamNigella Forever

Sarah Coates | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Coates

It depresses me that a woman who is the victim of domestic violence and who is only in court because she has allegedly been defrauded, suddenly finds herself the centre of the whole proceeding. It depresses me that tabloids in the UK released articles implying that perhaps we had all been a little too hard on Charles Saatchi, her abuser.

Trading Income for Harassment? The Reality of Women Traders in Africa

Henriette Kolb | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Rising early means beating the unbearable heat that makes her journey on foot with a heavy load of maize on her head even more arduous. It means getting to the border crossing before custom officials - who frequently ask her for a bribe or worse - and securing a place at the market ahead of her competitors.

Italian Men Seek Help to Stop Them Battering Wives and Partners

Maria Caspani | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Experts working in gender violence say there are only a few centres across Italy dedicated to helping violent men challenge and change their behaviour, though the scale of the problem deserves greater resources.

Opportunity for Change

Lisa Clarke | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Clarke

David seemed to want us to believe he was surprised by this. I'm not sure why he thought we would be? All these years of conditioning, convincing a nation that a sexualised, topless picture of a young woman or girl in the newspaper is acceptable and commonplace, have had a certain affect on us all.