Violence Against Women
Kirsty Strickland: A week of male violence
CommonSpace columnist Kirsty Strickland takes a look at just a single week's worth of media coverage on violence against women
I OFTEN wonder what a feminist newspaper would look like. Not a newspaper for women, with a target audience of only women, but a traditional newspaper which boasted truly feminist credentials in terms of its structure, reporting and coverage.
Yvonne Ridley: Gender apartheid is not the answer but it offers women a safe option
CommonSpace columnist Yvonne Ridley says women must be afforded safe spaces when the risks of violence against them remain so high
WOMEN-ONLY train carriages became quite a talking point recently after Labour shadow minister Chris Williamson hinted there could be some merit in the concept to help cut the number of sexual assaults on public transport.
Glasgow law firm crowdfunds to resist Tory rape clause
Law firm from Scotland's biggest city gears up for major challenge to Tory rape clause
A GLASGOW LAW FIRM has launched a crowdfunder to fight against the controversial UK Government Rape Clause and two child family cap which limits child tax credits to two children and forces women to reveal if they have had their subsequent children as a result of rape.
Jenny Constable: Make no mistake, 'stealthing' is rape
CommonSpace columnist Jenny Constable says the practice known as 'stealthing' overrides sexual consent and should be treated as rape
STEALTHING, the act of a man removing a condom during sex, unbeknown to his partner, is a term, which is by no means a new phenomenon, but right now holds the media’s attention captive.
Fiona Robertson: We've already seen DWP inhumanity towards the disabled, now it's rape victims' turn
Disability activist and writer Fiona Robertson says women and children will likely die as a result of the Rape Clause
BY NOW, most people know about the existence of the Rape Clause: the exception to Westminster’s new two-child limit for child tax credits, allowing for parents to claim for further children if they can prove the child was the product of rape or coercion. It’s an abhorrent piece of bureaucracy.
Anti-violence convention becomes first SNP law to make Westminster statute book
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP’s law to back violence against women convention is passed
THE Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women Bill has become the first ever piece of UK legislation proposed by a Scottish nationalist politician to receive support from the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP led the campaign to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which enshrines legal rules on governments to prevent violence against women and prosecute those responsible.
"The rapist is still free": How British justice is failing victims of sexual violence
Amy Johnson meets Sara, a refugee from Syria, and hears her story of sexual violence in Britain and the battle to be heard
SARA* arrived to London from the Syrian city of Damascus in 2012. She moved to the UK to work and study and, following the outbreak of war in Syria, she chose to stay.
After the trauma of watching her home descend into intense conflict, Sara hoped the UK would be a safe place to start over. This was not the case.
Kirsty Strickland: There's a big UK terrorism threat that nobody wants to name
Feminist campaigner Kirsty Strickland says the terror threat against women should be set permanently to 'severe'
IN the aftermath of a terrorist atrocity we usually hear the same sentiments expressed by leaders.
We will not live in fear. These violent cowards cannot be allowed to affect our way of life.
It took me 10 years to understand I'd been raped - we need to talk about consent
One CommonSpace reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, shares her story following Michelle Thomson MP's revelation in the House of Commons that she'd been raped in her teens
SHAME, self-reproach and detachment are all feelings I recognise from MP Michelle Thomson in my own rape story.
Revulsion too, that someone had taken my choice and my dignity away from me, leaving me a lesser person than I was before, as I saw it.
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