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Louise – United Kingdom

I don’t remember anyone speaking to me at school about online safety. The focus was on stranger danger, not about the guy on the internet. I was around nine when I first went on an online chatroom. You were supposed to be over 13 to join but I didn’t have ...

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Cassie – United Kingdom

We got our first computer when I was around ten. Chatrooms were a big thing. You’d get private messages from people you didn’t know and have conversations. It didn’t seem a big deal. We never had lessons about online safety, so we didn’t know that ...

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Ruby – United Kingdom

This interview was shared with Equality Now through #myimagemychoice, a survivor-led coalition asking for trauma-informed global laws and policy on intimate image abuse. I’m a 28-years-old teacher and I first became aware of explicit images being shared ...

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UK Women and Girls Manifesto 2019

The upcoming UK General Election offers an opportunity for all political parties to explicitly support equality for women. Women’s lives have changed significantly in the last 50 years but there is still lots of work to ...

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Manifesto to end FGM in the UK by 2030

This manifesto, calling for FGM to be eradicated worldwide by 2030, was delivered to the UK Prime Minister to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2020 by ACTION: FGM, a coalition of FGM survivors, medical professionals, academics, ...

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A failure of Cyprus’ legal system

Today, a British teenager was given a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of lying about gang-rape in Cyprus. In July last year, she reported to police that she was gang raped in a hotel room. She later recanted the claim and was charged ...

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Poverty is sexist

Across almost every economy in the world, women earn less than men. According to a 2017 Oxfam report, globally women earn 24 percent less than men. Women are also less likely to be in paid work in the first place. This gendered poverty is not limited to ...

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Gilead is a Global Reality

On September 10 2019, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was released. Although Gilead and The Testaments are fictional, they hold a mirror up to the state of women’s rights today. In the dystopian future of ...

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Consent, power, vulnerability and impunity

On 25 July, 2019, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission released its report The Limits of Consent: Prostitution in the UK. The Commission provided a balanced look at the evidence regarding the impact of prostitution and related policies, and posed ...

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Rebecca – UK

Rebecca was only six years old when a close family member began sexually abusing her. The abuse continued until she was 14, at which point she ran away from home and became trapped in a world of prostitution and exploitation through sex trafficking. “If you ...

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Sophie – United Kingdom

Excerpt from ‘Trafficked – my story’, by Sophie Hayes Kas said, ‘there’s something you can do for me. There’s a sacrifice you can make to show me that you love me. I’ve got a debt that has to be paid…You are going to repay this ...

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Prevalence of FGM in England and Wales

This report contains estimates of the numbers of women with female genital mutilation (FGM) living in England and Wales, the numbers of women with FGM giving birth, and the numbers of girls born to women with FGM. Headline figures for England and Wales as a ...

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