Violence Against Women

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

Nigel Chapman | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 20.08.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 21.07.2014 | 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...

The Curse of the Female Gender in North Korean Party Rhetoric and Beyond

Niki O'Brien | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

These statements against Guen-hye's gender are far from unusual as a by-product of the sexist nature of the North Korean regime, and bring into view a much wider issue facing both female North Korean citizens and refugees - their systematic exclusion and increasing exploitation.

Rolf Harris Isn't an Exception - Let's Not Forget It

Clare Phipps | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Clare Phipps

After the jury returned their "guilty" verdict on all 12 counts of indecent assault, Rolf Harris was visibly dumbstruck. Making the baying press wait ...

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

'Murdered By My Boyfriend': Give Victims a Voice

Kat Hind | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The horrifying reality of domestic abuse is that it happens in the home, often over a period of time in which abuse may escalate into severe violence. However because of the ongoing nature of this sort of crime, it becomes inexcusable that there is a deficiency in effective intervention and prevention.

'Men and Women Live in Different Worlds'

Laura Bates | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bates

The effect of living in a world where people of one sex are treated - in myriad tiny, indistinguishable, invisible ways - completely and utterly differently from people of another sex is enormous. You don't need to directly experience each individual component for this level of combined violence and oppression and prejudice to have a huge impact on you - on your life and your lifestyle, your ideas and ideals, and your fundamental perception of yourself and of the world around you. We think of men and women as living and working in the same world, and experiencing it similarly. But in many ways the manifestation of an identical event or activity by one might be entirely unrecognizable to the other.

Across the World, Girls' Lives Are Being Wasted in a Cycle of Violence and Poverty - What You Can Do to Help

Hugh Dennis | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Hugh Dennis

I was horrified to hear about the recent attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni - it just highlights how vulnerable poor communities are in the country and, in particular, women and girls. With the ongoing plight of the 300 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria and the horrific killings of two teenage girls in India and now Pakistan, never before has there been a greater time, to raise funds and awareness to put a stop to such cruel practices and to safeguard the lives and education of girls across the developing world.

Police Release Man Held Over Saudi Student Murder

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

These are the haunting last images of tragic student Nahid Almanea, just minutes before she was brutally stabbed to death in what police fear was a ta...

Jessica Elgot

'Victim Blaming' Or 'Hijab Rethink'? Author Sparks Fury With Tweet About Murdered Muslim Student

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Campaigners have attacked suggestions from a prominent political commentator that Muslim women should not wear the hijab because of the threat of viol...

It IS #TimeToAct But What Do We Do?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

We owe it to ourselves, and to women and girls worldwide, not to turn away. And thankfully I hear the voice of the world saying enough. People of all nationalities are bringing to light what has historically been one of the most silent and hidden human rights abuses of our time. For this I am grateful and proud.

Domestic Violence - What About the Children?

Stacey Lucas | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

According to the Office of National Statistics report in 2011/12 there was 2 million victims of domestic violence. 7% of women and 5% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse, equivalent to an estimated 1.2 million female and 800,000 male victims.

'They Could Have Saved Our Girls' Says Father Of Gang Raped Indian Teen

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

The father of one of the teenage girls gang-raped and strangled in rural India has said the police refused to help her because she was a lower caste. ...

Jessica Elgot

Charlize Theron Just Compared Media Intrusion To Rape. This Might Not End Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

Women's rights campaigners have hit out at Charlize Theron after she compared the media coverage of her private life to being raped. The 'Million W...

Are Women Truly Becoming Empowered?

Rose Taylor | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

One of the most significant discussions today is women's equality and empowerment and has become a leading issue in the new global economy. Despite copious NGO's and local charities working for women's rights and empowerment, the extent to which such institutions are successful is variable.

The Monster Myth: What I Learned From Seeing My Wife's Killer in Court

Tom Meagher | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Meagher

I had formed an image that this man was not human, that he existed as a singular force of pure evil who somehow emerged from the ether. Something about his ability to weave together nouns, verbs and pronouns to form real, intelligible sentences forced a refocus, one that required a look at the spectrum of men's violence against women.

If Afusat Must Go Back, Her Little Daughters Are at Real Risk of Forcible FGM

Anj Handa | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Anj Handa

I've been supporting an amazing lady called Afusat since the New Year. With her solicitor's help, we have followed all procedures correctly. Fresh evidence and recent case law was submitted. Yet two weeks later, a short response came back, to say that her case had 'No merit', that she cannot appeal from within the UK and that she must return to Nigeria.

Men Versus FGM

Leyla Hussein | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

Hold onto your horses, this is not a men-bashing blog; I just want to offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism on why many men shy away from discussing FGM and all other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... Before you attack me, I'd like to make it clear that I don't believe all men are guilty from shying away from such conversations and I certainly don't believe that all men who do avoid them condone FGM and other forms of VAWG. The point I want to make is that men need to recognise they have a responsibility to fight against such practices.

APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report "Shifting the Burden" Increases Violence Against Women

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade who are injecting drug users are the worst hit by their sex purchase ban. No harm reduction (condoms, lubrication etc.) for sex workers or drug users (needle exchanges) is provided in Sweden as it is erroneously believed to encourage sex work and drug use...

Laid Bare, How Thousands Of Domestic Violence Victims Are 'Let Down' By Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

Thousands of domestic violence victims are being failed by police forces across England and Wales due to "alarming and unacceptable weaknesses" in the...

Counting Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ingala Smith

Women are a community and our community is not safe. Our community is being killed by men - and whether we're killed by our partners or ex-partners, our sons, our muggers, our rapists; whether we're 22 or 82, whatever our race or religion or lack of religion, whether we're prostituted women, brain surgeons or shop assistants, none of us should count more than any other.