Posts Tagged: gender based violence

Everyone’s Invited: A Website Eradicating Rape Culture in UK Schools One Testimonial at A Time

Everyone’s Invited: A Website Eradicating Rape Culture in UK Schools One Testimonial at A Time

A website gathered nearly 16,000 anonymous testimonies of sexual abuse, harassment and even rape from predominately young women and girls. Although the website recounts incidents outside of school, a significant number have named the schools where the abuse occurred bringing to the surface the pervasive “rape culture” at a number of schools in the U.K. …

The rise in female homicide victims

The rise in female homicide victims

On the 3rd of March at 9pm, 33-year-old Sarah Everard was reported missing after exiting a friend’s house near Clapham Junction. The police reported that Miss Everard was returning to her home in Brixton, with the journey supposed to take around 50 minutes. Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Command led the investigation due to the ‘complex …

Tackling abuse on social media

Tackling abuse on social media

Reports of social media abuse have dramatically increased during the pandemic. With social media giants being under more scrutiny than ever before, they have decided to start tackling abuse. This blog will explore the ways they aim to keep us, and our children, safe from abuse online.   Covid-19: a rise in social media abuse, …

The challenge of institutional racism

Over a fortnight ago, an article was published in the Evening Standard titled ‘Nearly half of black and ethnic minority Londoners have faced racist abuse.’ If this statistic surprised anyone, it shouldn’t have. Yes, we have made progress in the fight against racism. Last month, Londoners voted to have a Mayor who is a practising Muslim …

From community to community: the fight against FGM in the UK

October has been a month of discussions around Female Genital Mutilation after new statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre highlighted the numbers of FGM reported cases in the UK. In fact, it has been researched that over 4,989 cases have been reported in England since last September 2014, 1,026 cases happened …

Somalia Government to introduce anti FGM Law

It was with a great pleasure and surprise that few days ago we read about the announcement from the Somali Government to introduce a new law banning FGM in the country. Speaking at a conference in Mogadishu, Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar, Ministry of Women Affairs, said: “time has come to eradicate this bad practice and …

Victim Blaming

Blaming the victim is a practice that is exhibited within society as a means of justifying racism, sexism and other forms of social injustices.  Victim blaming has today become more noticeable in crimes of a sexual nature such as rape and assault, particularly when the victims of these crimes are adult women.  It has been …

Violence against Women and Cuts to Welfare

“Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world. It is a threat to all women, and an obstacle to all our efforts for development, peace, and gender equality in all societies.” Ban Ki moon, United Nations Secretary General Around one in three women …