Violence against women often appears to be so pervasive and complex that it seems insurmountable. But it is preventable. For the first time, a new UN study on men and violence includes data from men themselves, across a number of countries, that tells us why some men use violence against women and how this can be prevented... We must address power imbalances between men and women and promote ways of being a man that value respect, non-violence and equality. This is possible.
As a performer, I totally understand how powerful music and drama is to express yourself and get difficult emotions out into the open. Singer and dancer Mary is one such person. She puts heartfelt emotion into every single performance in an attempt to turn her painful past into a positive force. Her powerful lyrics and support from an incredible project have turned this once shy woman into a local celebrity in the rural part of eastern Uganda where she lives with her husband and children. I recently met Mary, 48, and heard her remarkable story...
We are joined by academics, professionals and policy makers all over the world whose cumulative experience and expertise points to the same fact, over and over again: there is a relationship between the ubiquity of representations of women as sexual objects and the dangerous attitudes and behaviours that underpin and perpetuate violence against women.
When did we change the definition of 'good father" to include men who murder the mother of their children? When did it begin to include men who commit murder in front of their children? When did it begin to include men who are convicted of child sexual abuse? When did we extend the term "good" to fathers who have no contact with their children?
Women are first and foremost human beings, and to consider them solely in relation to familial roles is deeply chauvinistic. We don't, in India or anywhere else, only exist as mothers, daughters and wives, and should not have to be considered as such to be safe in the presence of men. It's that simple.
Lead by Object and UK Feminista, activists will speak to shareholders of the UK's biggest retailer, Tesco, as they file in to their AGM at the Queen Elizabeth II Hall. The request? That shareholders ask Tesco to 'lose the lads' mags' by ceasing to stock publications that fuel attitudes underpinning violence against women.
You would more likely expect a chat on metal knickers and spiked bras to be about Lady Gaga or a fashion shoot for Vogue than a discussion on ideas for protest outfits. But unfortunately, you would be wrong. I learnt this first-hand from a group of twenty-something women in Cairo last week, as we chatted about what they will wear for protection to the mass protests taking place across Egypt on Sunday, 30 June.
More than 70 women and girls in the UK are seeking treatment every month for problems linked to female genital mutilation. According to the NSPCC, ...
New global projections launched today on the prevalence of violence against women should serve as a wake up call to the international community as well as national governments. Our report on 'global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health consequences', show that 35% of all women globally will experience intimate partner or non-partner violence.
The invaluable and hard-hitting Women Under Seige project, which documents male sexual violence in conflict zones worldwide, has produced a striking article on Syria's rape crisis. Shockingly, Syrian women and girls fleeing sexual violence in their own country are encountering further abuse, appropriation and exploitation once they have left.
In a moment of madness I decided to take on the challenge thrown down to us after last year's Funny Women Challenge to celebrate our 10th Anniversary by training up 10 business women to perform stand up, and take on the men! Sounds relatively simple, doesn't it? We'd done it several times before, albeit not on such a large scale, and the men seemed 'well up for it'...
Over the years I have worked with, and met, some amazing and inspirational women who have offered me insight into the control and power dynamics, inequalities and prejudices that perpetuate violence against women and girls. Of course, these variants will differ from country to country, culture to culture, but one variant remains constant - MEN.
#thingsworsethanrape. That's right you read it correctly. This is not the kind of thing that victims of rape should have to deal with and read. It is the kind of thing that so many members of society should be protected from, because even if it doesn't directly affect you it may affect somebody you know.