EVAW welcomes new Home Office teen abuse campaign - but where is DfE?
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#sexist2013 - nominations please!
Nominations are open for Sexist of the Year 2013, who will you nominate?
Miley Cyrus says she's a feminist in response to Rewind&Reframe!
Miley Cyrus was questioned by Radio 1 about the Rewind&Reframe parliamentary launch event on 11th November.
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15 November 2013 Special Campaign Bulletin:
Rewind&Reframe Music Videos Campaign launched!
The EVAW Coalition, Imkaan and Object this week launched publicly our campaigning project tackling racism and sexism in music videos – Rewind&Reframe – a platform for young women to challenge sexism and racism in music videos, funded by Rosa UK
Monday - we launched at a high-profile event in Parliament with Pop & Politics. Chaired by Kerry McCarthy MP, panellists included Ikamara Larasi from Rewind&Reframe, the PM’s advisor on sexualisation Claire Perry MP, Women and Equality Shadow Sharon Hodgson MP, Graham Hill from the BBFC and writer and performer Amy Lamé. Representatives of the music industry were invited but declined to discuss the issues…
The 100-strong audience debated the best way to tackle racism and sexism in music videos as highlighted by Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Calvin Harris’ Drinking From The Bottle and Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. There were many young women in the packed room, including those who have helped shape and develop the project from the beginning in early 2013. They were able to put panel members on the spot and were also interviewed by high profile media who attended.
On Tuesday – in response to our launch, a Radio 1 journalist interviewing Miley Cyrus asked her what she thought of the Rewind&Reframe campaign call for age ratings on music videos. She said: ‘I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world’, making global news! Listen to the interview on the Guardian Podcast about the project here with discussion by young women from the Rewind&Reframe project opening it (15 mins in).
Wednesday - Lia Latchford from Rewind&Reframe and Imkaan was invited onto Radio 4’s Today programme (7.35am) to respond to Miley’s comments. Meanwhile the news, comment, music press and others piled in…Guardian, The Voice, Telegraph, Mail…
By Thursday - there were already nearly 11,000 signatures on the 5-day old change.org petition calling for age-ratings on music videos like those films and video games.
During the week Lily Allen launched her new video for single ‘Hard Out Here’ which attracted both praise as well as criticism for calling out sexism in pop whilst reinforcing racist stereotypes.
It’s Friday – and we’re preparing to tweet our fingers off for the #xfactor over the weekend - please join us!
The campaign is calling for:
The music industry (including artists, labels and music companies) - to pledge to stop making music videos which represent women as sex objects and push racist stereotypes. Read our open letter to the BPI Chief Executive here.
Hosting platforms such as Vevo - to have robust rules on the hosting of explicit and harmful content, and to enforce them properly. Letter to Vevo here.
Consensual and respectful relationships and media literacy - to be taught in all schools.
And don’t forget – Sexist of the Year 2013 nominations are open! #sexist2013
Post a tweet with tag #Sexist2013 or email sarah.green[at]evaw.org.uk
OCTOBER 2013 - EVAW Coalition, Monthly Bulletin
New CPS guidelines on prosecuting child sexual abuse
Don’t adjust the dial…something is coming
EVAW at Party Conferences – review
#banrapeporn campaigner nominated for Emma Humphrey’s Prize
A WAVE across Europe
It’s here: #Sexist2013 nominations are open!
A year after Jimmy Savile – new CPS guidelines on child sexual abuse
EVAW welcomed the publication this month of new CPS Guidelines on the prosecution of child sexual abuse cases and is pleased that the focus in prosecutions is to be on “the overall credibility of the victim” rather than rely on stereotypes. It is important to remember, however, that the vast majority of victim/survivors do not report to the police, so it is vital that there are specialist women’s services in all communities to offer support regardless of a report or prosecution. EVAW member Rape Crisis (England & Wales) also published figures this month confirming an enormous rise in calls to its helplines since the Savile revelations, evidence as ever of the need for specialist help.
Don’t change radio station…something is coming…
EVAW and our members Imkaan and Object have been working for some time with young women who told us they are angry about the way many music videos portray women and especially black and minority ethnic women. We’re nearly there, there’s going to be some noise, watch this space… Charlotte Church might have had a preview because her sentiments this month were warmly welcomed by us, and there was a little trail on Newsnight (15 mins here).
A busy Party Conference season - preventing abuse and tackling sexualisation
At Labour Women’s conference in Brighton we ran a busy stall and spoke at a packed event alongside Stella Creasy MP and Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC. We urged Labour to build on its pledge to introduce compulsory Sex and Relationships Education in schools with a General election manifesto commitment to a comprehensive programme on preventing abuse of women and girls. Ed Miliband’s keynote speech referred to the magnitude of abuse and harassment of women and credited inspiring women’s campaigns. This week, Baroness Margaret Prosser asked a Question in the House of Lords about the role of schools in preventing violence, and Lord Nash replied for the Coalition Government that all schools are expected to teach children not to tolerate violence. Later in the same debate, Baroness Jenkin referred to our Yougov poll that one in three girls experience ‘groping’ at school and that sexual harassment is routine.
We had another full-to-bursting room at the Conservative conference in Manchester where EVAW Director Holly Dustin and Ikamara Larasi and Lia Latchford from our member Imkaan spoke alongside Claire Perry MP and Conservative Women’s Organisation Chair Nicki Molnar about sexualisation and sexism in newspapers, ads, video games, pornography and music videos (more below). There was strong support here too for schools to tackle these issues and to help young people develop respectful and consensual attitudes and behaviours.
Fiona Elvines of Rape Crisis South London, who led campaigning to criminalise the possession of rape pornography in England and Wales, has been nominated for the prestigious Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize. EVAW supported the campaign, along with Durham University academics Prof Clare McGlynn and Prof Erika Rackley and many others. Following a Change.org petition with over 70,000 signatures, the Prime Minister announced in July this year that he would amend the extreme pornography legislation. Our submission to the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee’s Inquiry into Online Safety, including pornography and abuse of women and girls via social media, have been published here. Congratulations to all the prize winners.
A Feminist WAVE across Europe
EVAW members were well represented at the 15th annual Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) network conference in Bulgaria this month. Our Co-Chair Liz Kelly gave a keynote speech and, with Board member Yasmin Rehman, talked about their recently published book, Moving in the Shadows, on violence and minority women. Board member Janet Veitch talked about EVAW's work as part of a panel on coalitions in Europe.
And finally: Sexist of the Year 2013 – nominations are open! #sexist2013
Following last year’s closely fought contest and George Galloway’s narrow win over many worthy others for his comments on rape, we are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for Sexist of the Year 2013! Mr Galloway won a copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This year’s prize – to be announced in December - has yet to be decided. Appropriate suggestions for a prize can be made alongside nominations for the winner either on twitter by simply posting a tweet with tag #Sexist2013 or by emailing us sarah.green[at]evaw.org.uk
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Schools safe for girls
One in three girls are 'groped' at school and sexual harassment is routine.Schools have a unique and critical role to play in addressing harmful attitudes and abusive behaviour.
EVAW is calling for schools, parents, students and the government to work together to ensure that girls are safe. Read more and take action here.
Rewind sexist & racist music videos
A website and app are in development and will be launched soon; meanwhile visit our tumblr here. And complain from here!
#mediasexism & the Leveson Inquiry
Working with our members Eaves, Equality Now and Object we followed this up with a short report exposing the daily reality of this kind of reporting.
We continue to press decision makers to come up with a new newspaper complaints mechanism that works for women. More about this work here.
Protecting women's services
We have published research exposing the patchy provision of specialist women's support services.
We supported members to lobby candidates in the November 2012Police & Crime Commissioner elections.
The most recent authoritative assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women's services is here.
Making Government keep its promise!
Women’s and human rights groups from across the UK came together in 2005 to form the EVAW Coalition and to campaign for a joined up approach to ending all violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Our joint campaigning has led to joined up strategies to end VAWG in Westminster, Wales, London as well as several local areas. We have exposed the postcode lottery of women's support services in the Map of Gaps campaign, given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about media sexism and made sure governments keep their promises to take action on VAWG. In the last 12 months we have called for the UK to sign up to the new European Convention on Violence Against Women, which the PM recently committed to doing.
We work creatively to expose and challenge attitudes that tolerate violence against women – for example publishing surveys revealing the scale of sexual harassment in schools and beyond.
Our influences reaches the highest levels, including Downing Street (see our Co-Chair Marai Larasi with the PM on International Women's Day below), and is drawn from the experience of our members at the grassroots.
More on our impact here.
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