16 days of activism against violence against women: 25th November-10th December

Laws are changing, but are attitudes towards abuse shifting at all?

Just this week a new piece of legislation will come into power meaning that it will now be illegal for someone to exercise coercive control over their partner. Controlling their partner through threats or restricting personal or financial freedom. Despite the positive step, online articles about the new law were filled with vicious comments undermining the law as ‘man-hating women winning’ and ‘bet loads of men will get locked up just for having an opinion’. These sorts of comments alone are worrying but also they shed light on wider issues in our culture’s attitudes to non-physical abuse.
Over these 16 days in particular, and everyday for some of us we remember: Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16, in the UK alone 131 women are known to have been killed by violent men so far this year this amounts to one woman every 2.5 days. We will not be derailed, we will fight and speak in solidarity for all survivors of abuse, regardless of gender but we will also remember that violence and abuse of women and girls is global, growing and going-nowhere unless we take action.

To find out about some specific events, vigils and protests marking 16 Days see our December newsletter, it’s free: http://eepurl.com/9fWZT


Dapper Laughs: proper gross

When will ITV and other broadcasters wise up that rape jokes are not and never will be funny, and are the production teams and the management who help make misogynistic programmes also accountable? Lee Kern wrote an emotionally charged response to the newly commissioned ITV show ‘Dapper Laughs: On The Pull’

“If I could sum everything up in one go it would be this: We don’t work in an industry that is somehow separate from reality. What we do is not ‘just telly’. We are helping to shape the reality we live in. What we put on the screen has a real world effect. And this show contributes to a culture of abuse that degrades us all – men and women – boys and girls.”

Read the full article here

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Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize

At just 17 , Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and shares the honour this year with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Good news for girls and young women everywhere, as they are both sure to use this spotlight on their work to good avail to raise awareness of girl’s rights to education and campaigning against slavery and child labour. This is a great conversation piece for any youth group session. You could facilitate a discussion about who Malala is, what are girl’s rights in different countries, do we have equal rights to education in the UK, what can we do to help raise awareness of every girl’s right to education? More about Malala’s Nobel Prize here, and how she heard about the award coming out of her Chemistry class!


Celebrating black history month

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We have moved!

The Feminist Webs archive was packed up by some willing volunteers over the past few weeks and has moved into the new Birley Campus in Hulme  (Manchester Metropolitan University), following the closure of the Didsbury Campus.

Janet Batsleer, who oversaw the move, said ‘It’s great isn’t it! We have had the archive in an office for years, and now it is in the new building, in archive shelving, and feels like its more integrated into the University and more accessible for the public.’

The archive is going to be opened up once a week from September by Alison Ronan who said, ‘I hope it will make it easier for anyone who is interested to be able to come and have a look at it, and to start doing more exciting things with it’. Watch this space for more details.


Malificent – something both daring and feminist from Disney?

Disney’s new twist on an old classic (Sleeping Beauty) is an ideal discussion point in youth groups this Summer. Does it play on lots of stereotypes or is it daring and feminist? See what the Huffington Post has to say about it’s feminist credentials here


How does the media represent women and how do we represent ourselves?

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