Violence Against Women

16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Alison Wright | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Alison Wright

I believe that all healthcare professionals should receive training to recognise and respond to domestic violence; similar to mandatory training on child protection. We are often the first point of contact for women suffering from domestic violence, so it is important that we know how to respond.

The Istanbul Convention: What Is It And Why Should You Care?

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

This is an opportunity for concrete action to combat gendered violence, an opportunity to move forward in the fight to make sure that all women and girls live free from violence in the UK. We must all ask our MPs to be there, and to vote to ratify the Convention.

Why We All Need To Be "Orange"

Chiara Mio | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Style
Chiara Mio

Almost every day brings stories of violence against women - from partners at home, sexual abuse and mutilation, and tragic suffering in ravaged communities and war zones. One in three women suffers violence, often from those closest to them, and it takes many forms.

I'm A Man Campaigning For Girls' And Women's Rights. Here's Why It Shouldn't Surprise You

Danny Vannucchi | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Danny Vannucchi

For the past 18 months, I've been leading a global campaign to help end violence against girls and young women. The catch is that I am a man. Why - ...

Despite A Trump Victory, I'm Still Hopeful About Eliminating Violence Against Women

Emma Fulu | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Fulu

I believe in the profound strength and wisdom of the women and girls, men and boys around the world who are leading this charge. They work tirelessly to challenge the harmful norms and beliefs that drive violence; to respond with compassion and care to survivors; and hold perpetrators to account.

We Will Bring Down Rates Of Violence Against Women

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Patricia Scotland QC

As the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I stand with millions of men and women around the world to say NO to violence! We will not accept that violence is a part of culture. We reject any suggestions that women and girls are mere possessions to be used and abused.

Donald Trump And Women's Rights: What Will This Mean?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Now more than ever we need strong, powerful and courageous women to stand up and be the champions, just as Hillary Clinton has been, for women and girls everywhere, all over the world. We need women and girls everywhere to continue to demand that violence and sexual harassment are at all times, unacceptable.

Yes, Men Need Support For Domestic Abuse. No, Domestic Abuse Is Not Gender-Neutral

Polly Neate | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

Victimhood is not a competition. There should be help for all who need it. But by cutting services for women, lives are put at risk. Of course men need support to recover from domestic abuse. But to deny that iceberg exists, to deny the roots of the still-rising tide of violence against women in misogyny and inequality, is to turn our backs on prevention.

Why We Should Use The Term "Femicide" Instead Of Gender-Neutral Terms, Such As "Murder" Or "Homicide"

Amber Amour | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Amber Amour

Gender-neutral terms, such as "homicide" and "murder," systematically ignore targeted violence against women. Femicide should be seen as a separate category than homicide because it is a separate category. If women are being killed specifically because they're women, that matters. Motives matter.

We Must Act Now To Secure The Collective Future Of The World's 10-year-old Girls

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

In some parts of the world, age 10 can be a time of exploration, rapidly expanding horizons and new possibilities. But in other parts of the world, it...

Sexual Violence In Conflict Is More Than 'Rape As A Weapon Of War'

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

We do not accept that violence against women and girls occurring in conflict is fundamentally separate from more everyday 'normal' forms of VAWG (like domestic violence). It all comes back to the way women are treated in society, with a premium placed on women's sexual purity as part of wider controls and discrimination on women's bodies, behaviour and appearance.

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.