My compulsion to write this blog post is with the hope that "London Right Now" may restore your faith in the resilience, determination and strength of the human spirit. Our ability to communicate is the source of our humanity, and this raw tribute to survivors and victims of abhorrent inequality is vital. Right now.
Where a Sex Buyer Law has been enforced in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, countries renowned for their exemplary equality laws, this strategy has proven to reduce prostitution. Meanwhile the results of decriminalisation are verging on well-publicised apocalyptic levels of abuse in New Zealand, Nevada in the US, The Netherlands and Germany. We have the answers. Let's use them.
On Tuesday 11 November, the fifth UnderWire Festival will open at The Yard in Hackney Wick, founded by Gemma Mitchell and myself in 2010 with the aim to foreground female filmmaking talent... Unique to UnderWire, films selected for this award are of women's stories and feature female characters at their core.
The Special Relationship moves beyond its status as one of London's most extraordinary literary events to become a force for change in the lives of some of the city's most vulnerable people. All proceeds raised next Tuesday evening at The Book Club in Shoreditch will be given to a ground-breaking new charitable organisation.
While several European countries make the Top 10 of places worldwide to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children last year improvements to the ways in which mothers are treated in the UK do not appear to be a government priority.
From younger and younger we are setting women up to be targets of some form of abuse. If she is not beautiful she will be bullied: as Josie Cunningham experienced in advance of getting her notorious breast enlargement, and Jodie Marsh did before her nosejob. If she does not engage in sexual acts she will be pestered until she submits.
Awards Season is a divisive time in the film industry. At a time of celebration and congratulation on the outstanding achievements by leading filmmakers, there will always be discussion of those whose work has been overlooked, controversy over voting strategies, and debates of whether it all means anything at all anyway.
One afternoon 2 years ago, I wrote 2 pages of script. Next week I'll be walking up a red carpet, in a pretty sensational (borrowed) dress to the World Premiere of a film those 2 pages have become part of.
Onscreen taboos and misrepresentation around abortion, when it is such a common issue in the lives of women are extremely problematic. And even <em>Dirty Dancing</em> may never have depicted it were it not for the amazing attitude of writer Eleanor Bergstein who turned down sponsorship for the movie to preserve the story.
Interesting and rounded female characters are gleaning critical and commercial rewards, and it is my sincere hope that a change is afoot. It is crucial to recognise that adherence to The Bechdel Test, is no guarantee that a film will either be feminist or of high quality.
If prostitution rates are to be brought down, and women made safer, the laws around prostitution must be changed. Even the "punters" themselves confessed during interviews for research conducted by Eaves that the most effective deterrents for them would be being added to the sex offender register, publicly identified, or time in prison.
15/10/2013 13:06 BST
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