Violence Against 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.

How to Spend £40 Million: Five Key Priorities for Domestic Abuse Funding

Polly Neate | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

Accountability is critical. There are lots of ways councils could be held to account. A commissioner, a taskforce, an ombudsperson: all of these have been suggested. These are all fine - as long as the government also ensures that local councils follow our list of five key priorities for the funding too.

Light It Up Orange? I'm Just Seeing Red

Sophie Walker | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

When Osborne started to address the House of Commons about the tampon tax I was confused, but still hopeful. Might the Mother of Parliaments finally witness women-friendly policy-making? Er, no. I was staggered. I am still staggered. Not only is this decision incredibly disappointing, it is incredibly revealing.

#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to ab...

Challenge Porn on International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Rachel Bell | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Rachel Bell

Sentencing the murderer of teenager Becky Watts, the judge, Mr Justice Dingemans, broke down and cried. The sixteen year old's step brother, Nathan Ma...

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
Alice

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
Faridah

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.