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EVAW Bulletin, Summer 2014

 

Women’s groups campaign on Media Sexism & Racism: music videos, pornography and sexualisation

 

EVAW discusses Child Sexual Abuse on the Today Programme

 

Girls Summit hosted by UK Government and Unicef

 

Labour and Green Bills to ensure schools tackle abuse of girls

 

EVAW in the media …. David Ruffley MP & Richard Dawkins

 

EVAW AGM & out and about…..AGM and more.

 

 

Women’s groups campaign on Media Sexism & Racism: music videos, pornography and sexualisation

 

Music videos as ‘Pornographic Performances’: Women’s groups have launched a new briefing by Dr Maddy Coy on music videos as ‘everyday porn’ citing videos by Calvin Harris and other artists and calling for online age-ratings, similar to film and hard copy videos.

 

Sexualised sexism, new EVAW Briefing: EVAW has also published Dr Coy’s new briefing on ‘Sexualised Sexism: Popular Culture, Sexualisation & Violence Against Women and Girls’, which argues that the political focus on sexualisation in recent years should broaden out from children to include the harm to women and gender equality. We will be taking this message to the political parties.

 

Lords debate ‘rape porn’, new EVAW briefing: Following the highly successful campaign by Rape Crisis South London  to criminalise the possession of pornographic images of rape, this change in law has recently been debated in the House of Lords where Peers paid tribute to the campaign. EVAW’s timely new briefing looks at the links between pornography and violence against women and girls and calls for work in schools to promote gender equality.

 

‘Revenge Porn’: EVAW and other women’s groups have also commented on so-called ‘revenge porn’, also debated in the Lords. Expert legal briefing by Professors Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley at Durham University is here

 

EVAW discusses Child Sexual Abuse on the Today Programme

As debate rages about organised Child Sexual Abuse and who should lead the high-profile Inquiry following Dame Butler-Sloss’ resignation, EVAW Co-Director Holly Dustin appeared on the Today Programme in early July to discuss sexual abuse of women and girls. Our members believe it is essential that the Inquiry panel includes experts on gender equality and sexual abuse by men, and that survivors’ voices are heard.

 

Girls Summit hosted by UK Government and Unicef

The UK Government and Unicef hosted the Girls Summit in July to raise awareness about Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK and globally, issues that Black women’s groups have been working on for decades. Announcements included a new FGM prevention programme, new legislation and new work to eradicate FGM and child/forced marriage in developing countries.

 

EVAW members give their views:

Forward’s Naana Otoo-Oyortey in The Guardian

Southall Black Sisters’ Hannana Siddiqui for Open Democracy

Womankind’s Helen Horn

 

Labour and Green Bills to ensure schools tackle abuse of girls

1 in 3 girls experience unwanted sexual touching at school and boys’ use of often violent pornography is now routine. EVAW’s Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign calls for all schools to teach boys about sexual consent and gender equality (eg in Sex and Relationships Education) as part of a broader programme of work to prevent violence against women and girls. We therefore warmly welcomed Labour’s commitment to a Violence Against Women and Girls Bill to include compulsory SRE and a new Women’s Safety Commissioner role, as well as Green MP Caroline Lucas’ new Private Members Bill on PSHE to explicitly tackle violence against women and girls.

 

We will be writing to new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP to urge her to prioritise these critical child protection issues.

 

EVAW comments on David Ruffley MP & Richard Dawkins

EVAW and other women’s groups have commented about men in the public eye using violence against women, or minimising it. David Ruffley MP agreed to stand down at the next election after women campaigners, faith leaders and Conservative Party members spoke out following his acceptance of a caution for assaulting his former partner. A petition calling for him to stand down now is here.

 

Like many, EVAW was deeply disturbed by Richard Dawkins’ comments on Twitter minimising child sexual abuse and rape (“mild rape” Mr Dawkins?) and commented here about the impact on survivors of abuse.

 

EVAW AGM & Out and About…

 

At our AGM in July our members heard an inspiring talk by former No 10 Advisor Kirsty McNeil prompting great debate about prioritising women’s safety in the run up to the General Election 2015. Watch this space…

 

Co-Director Liz McKean met Women and Equalities Minister, and now Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan at a Westminster roundtable.

 

Communications Manager Sarah Green spoke at a Southern & Eastern Region TUC Women’s Committee meeting in July about why women’s safety is a Union issue. Sarah also spoke at a Young Fabians debate on feminism.

 

Co-Director Holly Dustin spoke at the launch of AVA’s online Prevention Platform which will be a fantastic resource for teachers.

 

Have a great Summer! See you in the Autumn for more campaigning on women and girls’ safety.

 

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