Violence Against Women

FGM Still Exists: And We Need To Fight Even Harder To Eradicate It

Jennette Arnold | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Jennette Arnold

all women everywhere The theme for this year's International Women's Day was #BeBoldForChange, calling on us all to make a world that works better and harder for gender inclusivity. Yet, despite society moving on from the sexism of the 1960s and 1970s, there are still some issues that demand our attention.

Sexual Harassment In Iraqi Kurdistan: A Problem For All Girls

Johanna Higgs | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

I'm in Iraqi Kurdistan. It's my third time here. Each time I come, it's to learn more about the different forms of violence and discrimination facing women and girls in the region as part of my work with my women's rights organization Project Monma.

We Cannot Be Silent On 'Honour-Based' Violence

Deeyah Khan | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Deeyah Khan

all women everywhere The erasure of the category of 'honour'-based violence would not just place victims at risk. It would also erase over a decade of campaigning by organisations within minority communities which have fought for the recognition of these extremely dangerous acts of violence. However well-intended, we need to recognise that changing language which is essential for identifying individuals at risk.

He Wasn't In Love With Me

Rachel Charlton-Dailey | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Rachel Charlton-Dailey

I was bullied by girls for a lot of my childhood and teen years. I was a tall, skeletal, clumsy, opinionated, ginger - an easy target. I was teased, called names, tripped over in corridors and ostracised. To it's credit, my school dealt with this quite well; the girl were excluded, separated from their friends and the threats sunk in.

It's Time To Make Protecting Disabled Women And Girls A Global Priority

Anne Wafula-Strike | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Anne Wafula-Strike

all women everywhere Around one in five women worldwide is disabled. For me growing up in Africa as a disabled female I faced a double jeopardy and was left vulnerable by the system. For disabled women gender-based violence and disability discrimination combine to create brutal barriers to wellbeing.

A Third Of All Women Experience Violence In Their Lifetime. It's Time To Be Bold For Change

Imran Madden | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Today marks International Women's Day 2017, a day where we unite to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women aroun...

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World

Caitlin Roper | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

all women everywhere It is everyday terrorism against women, but it is not recognised as such because the targets are women, and the perpetrators are the very people who claim to love us. While many of us have been directly harmed by male violence, the threat alone is enough to keep women as a class in a state of fear, controlled, pliable. Yet when reporting on male violence, mainstream media neglects to call it what it is, with headlines often stating the sex of the victim while downplaying the sex of the perpetrator, if even mentioning him at all... I am tired of being polite. I am sick of trying to convince men of women's basic humanity. I am tired of asking men nicely to stop raping and killing us.

Why Men Need To Get Behind The Istanbul Convention Bill

Alexander Morgan | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Alexander Morgan

Ridding the world of gender inequality will, I believe, curb the increase in intimate abuse. I want to live in a world where no one is shamed because of their body, the money they earn or their perceived gender. The Istanbul Convention is the vehicle for tackling gender inequality, and that's why I support it.

Surviving Violence In The Sahara: The Women Of Mauritania

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Slavery. Perhaps one of the worst phenomenon's occurring on this earth at this time. No freedom to make choices in your life. No ability to protec...

A Woman's Ability To Get Help Should Not Depend On Where She Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Specialist women's centres are a vital resource for women often when they are at their most vulnerable and most in need of support. It is possible to realise lasting positive change for the thousands of women experiencing multiple disadvantage. But that can only happen if the existing organisations, those already providing holistic women-centred services, are able to survive.

Sainsbury's Removes Valentine's Card That 'Normalises' Stalking

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Sainsbury’s has come under fire for selling a Valentine’s Day card featuring a joke about stalking. The card reads: “From your secret admirer! ...

The Girls Of The Congo: Living Amongst Violence, Slavery And Witchcraft

Johanna Higgs | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Fear of sorcery also often prevents women and girls from speaking out about violence. 'They believe that if they accuse someone of violence than they will go to a marabout, a local witchdoctor, and they will do a spell against them,' says Kouyakaba. Girls therefore often choose to remain silent about violence they have experienced.

An Unpresidented Act

Lisa Edwards | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lisa Edwards

At the time of writing, an estimated 4.7 million people, in 673 cities, across all seven continents marched in protest yesterday. And I was one of the...

Fancy A Dance?

Jo Manoukian | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Manoukian

I want to help these women and the women here in the UK at the same time. Hence, I have organised the #SheInspiresMeDance fundraising event, which will take place on Jan 25th at The Cafe de Paris, London. I am excited to bring together dynamic women to experience the adrenalin boost and feel good factor of this night of self expression.

Fighting Violence Against Women With Islam: The Women Taking On Morocco's Legal System

Johanna Higgs | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Both women said that growing up with strong women in their family played a strong role in their passion to fight for women's rights in Morocco. For them strong and powerful women is something normal. This is something that they want to teach to all Moroccan women.

Grieving The Loss Of Self

Rachel Lamb | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

How do you grieve for something that's not a physical being? You haven't lost a relative or friend, or your dog that you've had in the family since you were small. You don't get the usual 'I'm sorry for your loss', because have you actually lost anything? For anyone who's been through or going through this then of course the answer is yes.

One Step Closer To Tougher Laws For Stalkers

Laura Richards | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Richards

Alex Chalk, MP submitted a Private Members Bill to Parliament and this week the House of Lords approved it. The Government was defeated on Monday as peers passed a Policing and Crime Bill amendment, which was tabled by Labour's Baroness Royall and supported by crossbenchers, Tories and Liberal Democrats. This is a great step forward.

We Must Act Now On The Istanbul Convention

Laura Bates | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Bates

In June 2012, the UK government signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. But years later it still has yet to ratify the convention, which would bring into legal force measures, among others, requiring the UK to protect from and prevent violence against women, and to prosecute perpetrators who are nationals or resident in the UK - wherever they commit the act of violence... The longer the government drags its feet on ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the longer it seems to send the message that it is happier to pay lip service to the problem than actually taking concrete steps to solve it.

Don't Forget The Girls With No-One To Look After Them This Christmas

Girish Menon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

This Christmas potentially millions of girls living around the world will be facing the risk of sexual violence and exploitation. But putting an exact number on just how many is impossible. The problem is often hidden and concrete figures are hard to come by. These are invisible girls - children who fall through the cracks, who are frequently barely noticed and can face horrific sexual violence.

16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Dr Alison Wright | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK
Dr 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.