“Hate crime” is the term given to acts of violence or intimidation directed at people because of their (perceived):
Despite its name, a hate crime is not in fact a crime in itself. Rather, where crimes such as assault or harassment occur, which are motivated by one of the above discriminatory factors, the judge is directed by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to impose a tougher sentence on the offender.
Imagine a country where, in 2019, 152 women were killed because of their gender.1 Some people refer to it as “domestic violence”, “honour killing” or “gender-based crimes.” Others define it as "the killing of females by males because they are female."2 Let’s call this feminicide.
Let’s also imagine that this country, France, advocates for women’s rights all over the world but refuses to recognize feminicide as a crime. Whilst countries like Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia have recognised feminicide as a crime since as early as 2007, France still refuses to amend its criminal code.
The Reclaim the Campus (RTC) campaign is a student-led project dedicated to tackling sexual violence and harassment in Higher Education. For more information about their campaign click here.
According to RTC, on average, Students are at more than double the risk of sexual assault than the wider population. To combat this, their campaign is aimed at addressing:
That is why RTC are looking for volunteers to share their experiences of sexual harassment or abuse. If YOU would like to help this brilliant organisation, you can share YOUR experiences anonymously via this link.
Collectively, we can make a difference by making our voices heard.
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“How much of your femininity is who you truly are, and how much of it is a product of patriarchal brainwashing to exist for male consumption?” - Florence Given.
Have you ever looked back at a picture of yourself and thought, “why did I hate my body back then?”. This just proves your body is not and was not the issue, it's your internalised patriarchy. Woman are controlled through two main channels in order to be capitalised on their insecurities and kept submissive; sex and food (although closely linked).
On October 25th, Chile held a historical plebiscite where the 78% of the population voted for initiating a Constitutional building process to replace the current Constitution, dated from Pinochet era. Along with this, the Chileans voted for the drafting mechanism: a constitutional convention composed of 100% popularly elected members, of which women must make up for 45% to 55% of the total. Thus, the South American country will become the first in the world to have a Constitution written by an equal number of men and women, taking the lead on female political representation world-wide.