Violence Against Women

Survivor Stories: 'He Beat Me So Hard My Skin Split'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Up to 7 in 10 women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. The International Day for the Eli...

It's Important to Focus Attention on Violence Against Women That Is Endemic

Polly Neate | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Neate

After today, two women a week will still be killed in England and Wales, at the hands of a partner or former partner. The police will still receive one call every minute relating to a domestic violence incident. Three quarters of a million children will still witness domestic violence every year. This is not a counsel of despair. There is much we can do

We Must Create Cultures of Peace, Not Simply Stop Violence

Emma Fulu | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

andhi said that, "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." And in our daily lives, be it at home, at work or at play, we can all make an effort to live in more positive and peaceful ways. That will contribute to a future free from violence.

Is Engaging Men and Boys the Magic Bullet for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls or a Step Backwards?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

I say ending violence against women and girls requires all of us - men and boys, women and girls, governments, communities and activists. I genuinely believe that we have a common goal. And I genuinely believe that we can work together in a way that does not reassert male power over women, that keeps women and girls at the centre, and focuses on transforming gender inequality rather than just adding men and boys.

The Nail Polish That Detects Date-Rape Drugs

Becky Hopper | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Women certainly shouldn't have to do anything in order to 'avoid being raped.' A woman staggering around in a drunken stupor, no nail polish to be seen, isn't an open invitation for a man to just do whatever he fancies.

This Is, Quite Possibly, The Most Offensive Bumper Sticker We've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last week Dapper Laughs was dropped by ITV. This week "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc has been denied entry to the UK. We thought the world must have fi...

Should You Intervene If You Witness Domestic Violence?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A Swedish social experiment aiming to explore how members of the public react to staged scenes of domestic violence has received over three million hi...

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

The Law on Domestic Violence Needs to Be Strengthened - But Not by Criminalising Coercive Control

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

What is the point of creating new laws when the ones we already have are not being used effectively? A law is only as good as its implementation. It is already possible to prosecute non-physical forms of abuse - including psychiatric injury, threats, stalking and harassment. We need to get the basics right first... I agree that the law needs to be strengthened - but not by criminalising coercive control. Instead, the government needs to abandon its gender-neutral approach to tackling domestic violence and start addressing violence against women for what it truly is - a deeply gendered crime.

Potty-Mouthed Little Girls Drop The F-Bomb To Discuss Rape And Sexism

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

What's more offensive, a little girl saying f**k or the sexist way society treats girls and women? In the above video by FCKH8.com, potty-mouthed g...

Her Name Was Reeva Steenkamp

Kat Lister | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Kat Lister

His jail sentence, his crime, his life, his guilt. The language of the perpetrator is everywhere, yet the language of the victim is nowhere to be found. 439 words and Reeva isn't named once, referred to singularly at the beginning with poetic abandon: 'He killed his girlfriend.'What we have here is an insensitively-timed rumination on prison reform at the expense of a 'girlfriend' Simon Jenkins didn't even have the consideration to name. Spectacular timing in a year when it was revealed around 90% of all reports of domestic violence to police forces in England and Wales are taken no further.

She Is a Girl, Yes, But She Is Not Helpless... She Is a Survivor, Not Ours to Save... She Is Her Own Advocate

Emma Fulu | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

The International Day of the Girl Child recognises the specific barriers faced by girls globally that inhibit their potential to act in and shape the world around them, and Malala is a perfect example for us. She is a girl, yes. But she is not helpless. She is a survivor, not ours to save. She is her own advocate.

Daily Mail's Sarah Vine Just Reignited The Ched Evans Rape Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK

The controversy over the footballing return of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Sheffield United has engulfed social media and the British tabloids toda...

International Day of the Girl - Time to Face Up to Violence

Seema Malhotra | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Seema Malhotra

Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, someone is being forced into a marriage, someone is being subjected to FGM, someone is being raped and abused, someone is being trafficked, someone is being denied an education, or the freedom to do and say what they want. That someone is likely to be a girl, and it is happening because she is a girl... Gender inequalities in terms of power are deeply entrenched and it will take sustained effort to shift public attitudes.

My Experience of Stalking: Why Adam Levine Is Creepy Not Hot

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hekate Papadaki

A quick look at the comments under Adam Levine's 'Animals' video will leave you in no doubt about how 'sexy' the stalker look is perceived to be. In it, Levine is playing a butcher who doubles as a stalker, secretly following an unsuspecting customer's every move (Behati Prinsloo, played by his wife).

How You Can Help The Game Of Thrones Stars End Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forced marriage, FGM and sexual assault are just some of the crimes against women that occur around the world every day. But new campaign from chi...

Lena Dunham Reveals She Was Date Raped At College

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In her new book 'Not That Kind of Girl', Lena Dunham reveals that she was date raped in college. Ahead of the book's release, the 'Girls' actress ...

Rachel Moss

Muslim Women Speak Out About Life Under Honour Culture

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Every day, women around the world are at risk of female genital mutilation, forced marriage and violence, all in the name of "honour". But now, gra...

Women-Only Carriages Won't Stop Perverts With Wandering Hands

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

As women-only carriages spread through public transport systems in Brazil, Thailand, India and Japan... it looks like the preventative, victim-blaming measure may be heading to the UK. According to transport minister Claire Perry MP, focusing energies on removing the victim from the situation rather than addressing the offender is the way to go when tackling sexual assault.

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

To Criminalise Domestic Violence We Need the Public Vote

Rhea Gargour | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rhea Gargour

Psychological abuse and coercive control are just as damaging as physical abuse and even though our laws don't yet reflect this, they now have a chance to catch up to the common morality. Moreover, our government is now aware of the fact that our laws are leaving victims of a domestic violence vulnerable at the hands of their abusers.

Turkey's Women Tweet the Last Laugh

Kat Lister | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Kat Lister

Over the last month, thousands have taken to social media to campaign against Arinc's controversial speech by posting laughing selfies. When Turkey's Deputy in command says laughing is unchaste, he's raising the gender equality stakes ever higher and out-of-reach.

10 Facts About Rape Richard Dawkins Needs To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Richard Dawkins recently posted an extremely controversial tweet about rape. Speaking in a way that he deemed 'logical' - but many Twitter users d...

Girl Summit Could Be the Beginning of a New Global Story

Mark Goldring | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

This summit, attended by Heads of State, ministers and experts from all over the world is an opportunity to do so. While I am there, I will be thinking of women like Aliah from Yemen, who tried to run away from her new 30-year-old husband when she was 16, only to have her family beat her and force her back. Years later, those same widespread beliefs and traditions held in her community then forced her to marry off her own 16-year-old daughter. As we gather at the summit we must remember stories like these. These practices violate the fundamental rights of women and girls. Making child marriage and FGM illegal is critical. But it's not enough if nothing is done to challenge strong-held beliefs passed down through generations.

Rachel Moss

How You Can Help Stop FGM and Forced Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

By the end of today, we will have made another move towards eradicating violence against women both in the UK and abroad. On Tuesday 22 July the U...