Violence Against Women

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.

Five Women Killed Every Hour - Why We Need to Speak Out on Domestic Violence

Sarah Carson | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

Violence against women is a global issue, a violation of a woman's fundamental human rights and one which threatens the lives of millions of women every day, with women living in poverty often at greater risk.

The UK Must Solidify Its Commitment to Women's Rights By Ratifying the Istanbul Convention

Angela Crawley | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Crawley

One of the great achievements of the UK Parliament is the cross-party support for ending violence against women. The UK is considered a leader in the fight for women's rights on the world stage. In 2014, for example, the UK hosted three major international summits to highlight injustices against women: on FGM, sexual violence and forced marriages. Yet something is missing from the UK's claim as a major player in the fight for gender equality. The Council of Europe's Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the "Istanbul Convention"), arguably the most progressive international treaty for women's rights, remains unratified by the UK.

Women Are Sharing London Postcodes Of Where They Were Sexually Assaulted In Bid To Reclaim City

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women in London are sharing locations to mark instances of sexual harassment, assault or rape around the capital in an attempt to reclaim the city and...

Saving the World in Jimmy Choos

Emma Fulu | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Style
Emma Fulu

I have an obsession with beautiful things. Beautiful furnishings, beautiful food, beautiful dresses, beautiful music, beautiful photographs and definitely beautiful shoes.

One Billion Rising: It's Time to Act to End Violence Against Women

Abiee Harris | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abiee Harris

A significant minority of young women aged 17 to 21 (13%) say that a boy/girlfriend has made them feel frightened or threatened, with one in ten staying in a relationship in which their partner has made them feel unsafe (11%).

Men's Issues with Women

Mia Doring | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

All that the inaccurate term "Women's Issues" does is help "good" men stay passive or otherwise ignore it, while telling all women that these "issues" are their problem to deal with and nobody else's. Let's be real and name them what the are; "Men's Issues with Women".

Violence Against Women, Domestic Violence and the Problem of Gender Identity

Louise Pennington | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK
Louise Pennington

When the media conflates the continuum of violence against women and girls with one form and uses gender neutral language, it puts all women's services at risk.

Jess Phillips Bravely Recalls Being Sexually Assaulted As A Teenager

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Jess Philips has told of the "terrifying" moment she was pinned against the wall of a pub and groped as a teenager. The Labour MP, who is a commit...

Please Don't Ask Me to Text When I Get Home

Mia Doring | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

My friend's signature goodbye greeting when I'm getting into a taxi after a night out is "text me when you get home". She always says this. I rarely ever do remember to text her, but when I do, it's just to keep her happy. She has never been bothered when I don't text, which is worrying in its own way I suppose.

Family Accused Of Promoting Violence Against Women With Christmas Card

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A family has been accused of promoting violence against women after their controversial Christmas card appeared online. The Johnson family asked ph...

To Stop Babies Going Into Care, We Need to Support Mothers

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

The safety and welfare of children must be paramount: there can be no compromise on that principle. But in many cases, a child's welfare is best served by staying with its mother if she can be supported to parent well. Today Nicky Morgan announces a new approach to children's services. But if we really want to improve children's welfare, we need to make sure there is support available for mothers too.

Powerful Video Urges Men To Fight Rape Culture To Protect Their Daughters

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A powerful video is sending a message to fathers and would-be fathers everywhere, urging them to help protect their daughters by showing zero toleranc...

What Happened to Women and Girls During Typhoon Haiyan?

Mairi MacRae | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mairi MacRae

I was half way across the world from my family in the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc two years ago. As a Filipina citizen it was hard to see the footage; to hear my family talk about the devastation and the people they couldn't get in touch with. In some ways it was even harder knowing what was going to happen next.

Uruguay: Gay Marriage, Legal Dope and Gender Based Violence

Sophie Bauer | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Bauer

GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.