Nathalie writes on violence against women, particularly sexual violence. She works in European gender equality policy and is also a Research Associate for think-tank consultancy GenPol.
We need to put measures in place which encourage women to report, take survivors' needs into account, and offer them hope of fairness and justice. Centring the crime and not the complainant in a rape trial moves to address this, and sets us on the right path.
Wednesday 8th March is the International Women's Day. The campaign theme this year is 'Be Bold For Change', and the IWD website asks people all over the world to fight for a better, more inclusive, gender-equal world.
This weekend, we witnessed something extraordinary: millions of people came together across the seven continents to demand a fairer world. It was profoundly moving and powerful. As I listened to speakers at the different marches with tears streaming down my face and a large lump in my throat, I found myself reflecting on my own journey to the women's movement.
This is an opportunity for concrete action to combat gendered violence, an opportunity to move forward in the fight to make sure that all women and girls live free from violence in the UK. We must all ask our MPs to be there, and to vote to ratify the Convention.
FCome has hit the nail on the head with their hashtag: sex education really is power. Meaningful, comprehensive SRE represents the power to reduce gender-based violence, discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender, and unhealthy sexual relationships. If only the Department of Education could be convinced that these are causes worth fighting for.
Such targeting and marginalisation can only lead to increased religious intolerance; as the presidential elections of 2017 loom and debates surrounding Islam in France become ever-more intensified, France needs to find a way of moving towards a more inclusive model of national identity.
In the early hours of Thursday 18 June, 2015, CCTV footage taken at my University of Cambridge College accommodation block shows me leaving through the gate. I am running down the street to my boyfriend's house, terrified, barefoot, dressed only in a t-shirt and underwear. Following a sports club party, I had been followed to my room, undressed against my consent and raped.
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