UK Violence

More Than a Roof: Women's Shelters Changing Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Lee Webster

The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.

Reflections From Across the Atlantic - What Can We Lean From What Is Happening in the US?

Shane Ryan | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Shane Ryan

Watching the situation which has come to a crescendo in the States hurts deeply. As a young man of colour, I looked to America to find the sense of id...

I Was a Victim of Hate Crime for Five Years - But I Didn't Realise It at the Time

Bartek Rzepka | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Bartek Rzepka

Figures this week showed that the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by more than 40% over the last year. I have a learning disability, and I live in supported housing run by Mencap. When staff there told me about the rise in hate crime, I was shocked but not surprised.

Prostitution: Changing the Law Is Vital But Not Enough

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.

Building Indonesia for and With Children: The Importance of Prohibiting Corporal Punishment

Citta Widagdo | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Citta Widagdo

In the past week, social media in Indonesia has been buzzing with news of a student who filed a criminal lawsuit against his teacher for pinching him....

Have Women Truly Transformed the Comic Industry??

Dragana Brown | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dragana Brown

Recently I came across a video on the Rise of the Female Superhero. It was rather disturbing to observe how delusional we women can be in that we th...

This Eid We Are Determined to Celebrate Togetherness

Qari Asim | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...

Raising Children in a Violent World

Emma Critchley | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

I have to continue to protect but I also need to be prepared to answer those difficult questions. As parents we can't be scared and we have to forget about the dark clouds on our horizon. We need to ensure that we are bringing up our children to feel safe. We need to continue to find joy in the everyday.

A Step Back

Max Sanderson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

The individual and the 'clan' is all we humans have - take the latter away and you can't be surprised when people act according to their own rules. Now is a time to pull together. Now is a time to listen. And now is a time to try and mediate our differences. Because if we don't - the evolutionary ties that bind us all will fall away, leaving behind only segregation, hatred, and violence.

Grow Up America: An Open Letter

Lisa Downs | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lisa Downs

Over the weekend we experienced yet another series of fatal and un-necessary shootings in the USA, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and yet it always does. This weekend we were also blessed with the "Largest Mass Shooting Ever in US History". No surprises there. Why? Because America, you will not give up your guns.

Kicking and Screaming England

Paul Beaumont | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Paul Beaumont

We face the prospect of England doing well enough on the pitch to progress in the tournament, but badly enough off the pitch to be sent home early. That would be a pity, not just for the team itself, but for the country as a whole.

Three in Four Women Experience Harassment and Violence in Their City

Sarah Carson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

On International Safe Cities for Women Day, ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women's rights organisations in developing countries, so that no woman or girl has to live in fear of violence in her city.

Pacifism is Not Passivism

Iris Maxfield | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

I'm a pacifist and I will fight for this cause.

Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Silences the Victims Not Protect Them

Alexander Morgan | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Morgan

Instead of offering a hand to help survivors face their experiences head on, we shut them away in a dark lonely room where no one acknowledges what happened to them, forcing them into a silence and taking their voice away - ultimately prolonging their recoveries.

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

Toddlers Expelled From Nursery Due To 'Violent' Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents

Around 100 toddlers have been expelled or suspended from nursery for displaying violent behaviour, the Department for Education has revealed. In the a...

How Do You Explain a Terrorist Attack to a Child?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

Sometimes, what we imagine can be worse than what we actually see. That's why expressing our feeling through writing or drawing can help free our mind, and so, help us to move on.

Watch The Moment Protester Gets Sucker Punched In The Face At Trump Rally

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK

A protester has been assaulted at a Donald Trump rally in the US, in dramatic scenes that were captured on camera. The man, who was demonstrating agai...

True Violence in Video Games

Daniel Williams | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Tech
Daniel Williams

Are video games too violent? It's an often-asked question which gets more important as games develop. And no doubt we have our share of "violent" vide...

Mothers Are Our Primordial Leaders

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Women and men, mothers and fathers, will continue to be the grass-root leaders for every generation of newcomers on earth. A

One Billion Reasons to End Violence Against Children

Susan Bissell | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Susan Bissell

We know that preventing violence won't just make life better for children around the world, it will be critical to making progress for children in all areas - including ending poverty, providing access to education and promoting gender equality. Together we can prevent violence against children - 1 billion of the world's children are crying out for it. If we don't act now, who will?

Men's Violence Against Women

Mia Doring | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mia Doring

Every single one of us is responsible for the victim blaming, rape enabling culture we live in. It's time to make it personal because it is personal. <

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Watched The Revenant? It's Really Really Violent Isn't It - And That's OK

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Tamblyn

It is a comprehensively gory film that embraces violence and brutality like American Pie embraces sex jokes. The problem is that because the violence is so front and centre the film has been, in my view at least, misconceived in its intentions by many who have seen it.

Hidden Violence Is Blighting Women's Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This holistic response, from frontline to specialist support, is what Agenda has been formed to campaign for. We can't keep consigning these women to lives of abuse and exclusion. More than three-quarters of the 1.2million women affected by this kind of abuse are mothers: for their sake and that of the next generation of girls, we've got to start getting this right.