Holding the state to account for violence against women and girls
The Centre for Women’s Justice is a new charity, founded in 2016. We aim to bring together specialist lawyers, academics and other experts in the field of violence against women, with those working on the frontline as activists, survivors and service providers to bring strategic law challenges and ensure access to justice for victims of male violence.
In 2014, I became the Chair of Paladin (the National Stalking Advocacy Service) where I got involved in the campaign to make coercive control a criminal offence. It was apparent that women who had experienced horrendous acts of psychological violence were being let down by the lack of legislation, which made it impossible for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to bring prosecutions. By Rachel Horman.
“We are all different ladies – like flowers. Some are fresh, some dry, some colourful, some not bloomed yet. Each session we weave a beautiful garland.”
Jan Ferguson writes about Building Equality - a joint project by Edinburgh Women’s Aid and Shakti Women’s Aid which inspired women survivors of domestic abuse to find their voice and unleash their creativity.
“Two and half years ago, I stood in a British court room waiting to hear the outcome of a complex legal battle to overturn a UAE Islamic divorce court ruling, which ordered the removal of my young son Louis, from my care. This was the final battleground of a landmark legal case which has been litigated in three countries and consumed over eight years of my life”.
In the summer of 1992, I joined hundreds of protesters outside the Royal Court of Justice in the Strand to call for justice for Kiranjit Ahluwlia, who had killed her husband after years of being subject to his cruel and abusive behaviour.
Southall Black Sisters is one of the UK’s leading organisations for black and minority women. They have been in existence since 1979. Rahila Gupta, freelance journalist, writer and activist writes about celebrating their 40th anniversary and their final event of the year ‘Turning the Page’.
Guest post by Fiona Mackenzie, founder of We Can't Consent To This - a campaign against the increasingly frequent reports of women killed and injured in claimed “sex, gone wrong”.
Emma Humphreys was a survivor, writer, and campaigner. Her case was a turning point in feminist attempts to change the law on murder and provocation.