Violence Against Women

Ending Violence Against Girls and Women: What Hope for the Future?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

According to the United Nations, globally 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence and often at the hands of a partner or family member. This is not just something happening somewhere else, in somebody else's family. It is everywhere and everybody needs to be concerned about it.

We Will Live in a World Where Women and Girls Can and Will Live Free From Violence

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

We now have, for the first time, explicit targets to eliminate violence against women in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These demand accelerated action. When more than 70 world leaders took the podium in New York at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment on 27 September 2015, the majority named ending violence against women and girls as a priority for action. It is indeed a priority. I believe that if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world--a Planet 50-50--where women and girls can and will live free from violence.

How Governments Can Ensure #JusticeForGirls

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Governments must ensure girls have knowledge of and support in exercising their own rights; a supportive environment where they can voice their concerns without fear of stigma or disbelief; assurance that they will not be re-victimised through a slow legal process; and girl-centred, specialist support services, if and when they are required.

The Women's Sector Crisis: Government and Charity Sector Must Act Now

Polly Neate | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

In this fortnight, when the government is both drawing up its spending plans and determining its strategy on violence against women and girls, it's time to decide whether this will be a turning point - or another milestone in the demise of services which truly respond to the needs of abused women.

The Piece Of Jewellery That Could Protect A Woman From Rape Or Assault

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Currently in the UK, three million women experience violence each year. Meanwhile, every six minutes a woman is raped. One inventor hopes to help c...

When We Use the Abuser's Voice

Tom Meagher | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Meagher

At times, voices come back claiming that violence against women is in no way tolerated by most of our society, and some claim (perhaps condescendingly) that I am a victim of my own tragic loss, that I may be more prone to see violence where there is none, because my life has been shattered by it, after the violent death of my wife.

A Hospital Worker Told This 4-Year-Old Who Was Hit By A Boy: 'I Bet He Likes You'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a powerful lesson about how children learn to accept lines used to excuse violence against women. Merritt Smith, from Columbus, Oh...

What Are the SDGs and Why Should You Care?

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Its easy to be a little skeptical but hard not to be inspired by the ambition and potential of these unprecedented goals. Personally I think this represents a great leap forward and makes me hopeful about what we can achieve collectively in the next fifteen years. Remember, these are your Goals. Every single one of you.

A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...

Don't You Find It Overwhelming?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

People always ask me how I can work on violence against women? "Isn't is depressing?" they say. On my way to South Africa last week for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum - the largest international conference on violence against women and girls in the Global South - the flight attendant said to me, "Don't you find it overwhelming?" For me, I wonder how I could not work on this issue.

He Wanted to Break Into My Home

Alice | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

A while ago a man began following me on my way to and from school. He lives in the same area as me and has a wife and two children at home. Yet he came up to me and said he loved me. I told him no and continued walking.

We Must Overcome Violence at Home to Go to School

Faridah | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

My name is Faridah, and I am 17 years old. I left school when I was 12 and married when I was 15. Now I have decided to continue my schooling. I have been given a chance to attend a school run by Plan near my home. My family does not agree, however, and they will do everything to stop me.

Breaking the Cycle

Polly Neate | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The level of culture change that's needed for cyclists to feel safe all the time is dauntingly huge. At best, motorists are telling cyclists, "Yes this is our game, our bat, our ball, our rules - but you can play if you want. We own the road but you can use it. What more do you want?" What needs to happen is a new game, new rules. Power has to change hands. That's still a long way off.

Local Women's Rights Organisations are Key to Changing the Plight Of Domestic Violence Survivors Across The World

Claire Hickson | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
Claire Hickson

A World Bank report published last week found that in the past 25 years, over a hundred countries have enacted laws on domestic violence though many have not. The authors attribute much of this progress to international instruments and agreements. In reality, it is the work of local women's rights organisations that makes the most difference and that's why they need our support.

How to Be a Feminist Ally - In Nine Confusing Steps...

Kate Menear | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Menear

Some of these points may confuse you. That's because it IS confusing. It's hard to navigate how to be a good ally. My advice is to figure it out quietly, to ask if you get stuck and to always remain open.

Strangers Have Donated Thousands For Teen Attacked For Wearing A Bikini

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Strangers have raised thousands of pounds for a girl beaten with a brass poll just for wearing a bikini. The horrific moment Jessica Byrnes-Laird w...

Young Domestic Violence Victim Encourages Others To Seek Help

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Kate Friday's boyfriend began to send her rude and hurtful text messages, she didn't identify his dominating behaviour as domestic abuse. It w...

Domestic Violence Victim Shares Heartbreaking Video To Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence victim has bravely shared her story on social media to show the reality of living in a violent relationship. Emma Murphy, a 26-...

Women at the Forefront of Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Need Our Support

Jenny Ricks | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Jenny Ricks

This is action that cannot afford to wait. We cannot afford to miss this moment. If we do, women and girls will continue to pay with their bodies, their choices, their opportunities and their lives for generations to come.

The UN Special Rapporteur Is Right

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Karen Ingala Smith

The UK's lack of "a consistent and coherent approach to tackling violence against women" has been criticised in an official report by the UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

This Report Proves Violence Against Women Is A Global 'Epidemic'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite the rising popularity of feminism and increasing cultural focus on gender equality, violence against women is still an undeniable issue worldw...

Crime Surveys Are Masking the Scale of Domestic Violence - And the Numbers Matter

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

The numbers matter. Without clear and accurate data, women's experiences of violence are written out of the story on British crime, and policy decisions on how to respond to domestic violence are made based on only half of the picture. How do we develop appropriate and effective responses to a crime we do not fully understand? We need to get to the bottom of why in 2015 thousands of women and children are still being traumatised and brutalised in their own homes. We need to understand why women and children are still being killed and killing themselves to escape domestic violence.

Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament!

Frances Scott | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Recently there's been lots of discussion concerning Human Rights and who should determine our "Rights". So where do women fit into this debate? A core founding principle of The United Nations is "the equal rights of men and women". Then why is Parliament still predominantly male?

My Visit to Sierra Leone on the Eve of Ebola

Angela Rippon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Angela Rippon

In November, Sierra Leone was reporting 550 new cases of ebola every week. Today the number has slowed to seven new cases a week. Just a few weeks ago, the schools reopened. But there is still a long road ahead for Sierra Leone, and the brave women of West Africa who have already endured so much. I hope that next spring these tragic times will all be in the past, and Sierra Leone's future will once again look bright.