Feminist group wins campaign to change how media reports domestic abuse
A feminist organisation has won its campaign calling for the media to change the way it reports on fatal incidents of domestic violence.
The UK’s two leading press regulators, IPSO and IMPRESS, are set to adopt guidelines in a bid to combat irresponsible reporting that campaigners say exacerbates the trauma for families of domestic homicide victims.
UK press regulators back feminist group's new guidelines on reporting domestic violence deaths
The UK’s two press regulators have endorsed a feminist campaign group’s new set of guidelines on the reporting of domestic violence deaths.
Level Up said the guidance would “set a bar” for journalistic standards on fatal domestic abuse stories and help put an end to families of victims having their grief and trauma “compounded by irresponsible reporting”.
These headlines show how not to report on domestic homicides
When someone is killed by their partner or ex-partner, it marks the endpoint to a sustained period of coercive control. Four out of five women killed by their partners are killed within six months of separating from them.
Many of them are stalked. Controlling partners are notorious for their jealousy and possessiveness, and murder is a last-resort measure of complete control.
But you’d never know any of this from reading the way the UK press reports on fatal domestic abuse.
The media finally has proper guidelines for reporting domestic violence deaths. Here’s why that matters
The deaths of women killed by current and former partners have long been reported in harmful ways. But now, the UK’s press regulators have adopted feminist guidelines on how to write about domestic violence deaths. Stylist’s Moya Crockett reports.
T-shirts are all very well. But it’s unions that win rights for women
Forget the gloss and the gimmicks – feminism was forged in the struggle to escape the sweatshop.
Half of young women on Facebook suffer abuse
According to a Survation poll for the feminist campaigning organisation Level Up — the first research of its kind in the UK — 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old women have been harassed on the network. Among 25 to 34-year-olds, it is 45 per cent.
More than half of young women using Facebook have ‘experienced harassment’
Shocking new research revealed 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old women have been harassed on the site including being stalked and sent explicit images.
The group’s Carys Afoko said the network was not “moving fast enough to keep women safe”. She added it was time bosses “listened to women instead of algorithms”.
Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse
Level Up, which aims to eradicate sexism in the UK, accused Facebook of not taking online harassment seriously. Its campaign director, Janey Starling, said: “Level Up is calling on Facebook to listen to women and move faster to keep us safe online.
“This means firstly updating their harassment policy to recognise the nuances and spectrum that different types of harassment fall on, and secondly: making it easier for victims of harassment to report their abuse.”
More than half of women who report harassment on Facebook get no response or told it ‘does not violate community guidelines’
More than half of women who have reported harassment on Facebook claim they got no response or were told there would be no action as it did not violate community guidelines, research suggests.
One in three women (29 per cent) have experienced abuse on the social media platform, rising to 40 per cent in woman of black and ethnic minority (BME) origin, according to the study.
The findings have been released by the feminist campaign group Level Up, established in January last year with the aim of ending sexism in the UK.
More than half of young women have been abused on Facebook
Young women are facing ‘epidemic’ levels of abuse on Facebook with more than half being the victims of unwarranted harassment online.
It's Impossible To Overstate The Significance Of Sally Challen's Retrial
As the news of her retrial broke, the BBC published an article with the headline ‘Sally Challen: Hammer killer wife to be retried’. After feminist campaigners Level Up and their supporters got involved, the headline was changed to ‘Sally Challen murder conviction quashed over husband’s death’.
I run a feminist group, but today I am celebrating International Men’s Day
We rarely tell positive stories about men and it’s time we stopped being part of a culture that vilifies them.
Facebook, listen to your users and stop hosting hatred
The social media giant said sorry about Cambridge Analytica but is silent about sexual harassment.
Her husband murdered her. Then the media took away her dignity
On New Year’s Eve, 44-year-old Melanie Clark was stabbed to death by her husband. Her sons, aged 23 and 20, returned home to find their mother dead and their house swarming with police officers. Just 12 minutes into 2018, Melanie was the first woman in the UK this year to be murdered by her partner.
IPSO to discuss potential for new media guidelines on reporting of domestic violence deaths with feminist group
The UK’s largest press regulator will enter discussions with a feminist campaign group calling for new guidelines on the reporting of domestic violence deaths.
Level Up has called on the Independent Press Standards Organisation to introduce new guidelines and a clause into the Editors’ Code of Practice to “put an end to bad reporting which has lasting traumatic impacts on surviving family members”.
Feminist Organisation Publishes Guidelines To Reporting Domestic Violence
A campaign group has developed a set of media guidelines to combat “undignified” reports of domestic violence which may cause further damage to victims and their families.
Press watchdog moves towards creating domestic-violence reporting guidelines
On Monday, The Pool launched feminist group Level Up’s campaign to give dignity to women murdered by their partners. Within hours, the petition to introduce domestic-violence reporting guidelines to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (IPSO) rulings garnered at least 3,000 signatures, pushing the target number up from 5,000 to 20,000. Now, IPSO want a meeting.
Campaigners Warn Media Is Failing Domestic Homicide Victims As They Launch 'Dignity For Dead Women' Petition
The media is “failing” women killed by their partners and must do a better job in reporting cases of domestic violence, campaigners have warned.
Families of domestic homicide victims are among a coalition of campaigners and academics urging the Independent Press Standards Organisation to accept proposed guidelines setting out how cases of domestic violence should be reported.
The media makes excuses for men who kill women. Here’s how to stop it
Why do we so often hear of “perfect husbands” who turn into monsters without any prior warning, like the man in this recent story who murdered his wife in—another well-worn description— a “fit of jealousy”?
Why the media must change how it speaks about women killed by their partners
A new campaign seeks to change the way that domestic violence deaths are reported in the press. It couldn’t come a moment too soon.
A ‘crime of passion’ by a ‘jilted lover’: the way the press reports domestic violence has to change
When someone is killed by their partner or family member, the way they’re written about in the press may seem minor compared to the tragedy they and their family have endured.
Government risks ‘neglecting needs of LGBT youth’ in sex education
Campaigners have expressed concern with the findings of the first round of public consultation on what schools should be teaching in the Relationships Education and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curricula.
The consultation, which runs until November 7, 2018, was called following government plans to introduce the mandatory subjects in schools across the country by September 2020.
Then-Education Secretary Justine Greening promised the revised curricula would be inclusive of LGBT issues, although the draft guidance published under her successor Damian Hinds in July leaves schools “free to determine how they address LGBT specific content,” even if the ministry’s recommendation is that the teaching “is integral throughout the programmes of study.”
Government accused of ‘neglecting needs of LGBT pupils’ in new Sex Education curriculum
Campaigners are urging the government not to let “another generation of LGBT students slip through the cracks” by failing to include relevant information to them in an updated Relationships and Sex Education curriculum. Results from a government survey ahead of the second consultation of the draft proposals showed that 31 per cent of young people want to be taught about gender and sexual identity as a priority.
You can help make sure all kids get #BetterSexEd, yes you! 🍌
Okay, let's just take a moment here... take a deep breath in, close your eyes — wait stop, that doesn't work for an online article...
Still. Imagine yourself if you're able to, back at school, aged around thirteen, probably with a ridiculous haircut, having some kind (if any) of sex education class...
If you're a millenial like me, yes, you probably had at least one hour slotted in somewhere during those 16 or 18 years at school dedicated to rolling condoms onto bananas and being shown particularly detailed images of genital warts with the odd tampon thrown in here and there if you were lucky... but that was it.
And as for queer sex? Absolutely not, kids.
Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work
When I have a bad day at work, I think of Serena Williams. I tell myself that if she can do her job then I can do mine. To be clear, I am not a professional athlete – I struggle to walk up more than one flight of stairs without losing my breath. And, no, I’m not the mother of a small and adorable child, I just about keep my houseplants alive most weeks. The thing Williams and I have in common is that we are black women who work for a living. And being a black woman at work comes with a specific set of challenges.
Feminists need to call Boris Johnson out on his Islamophobic bullshit
The first time I heard about what Britain’s ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had written about Muslim women in a column for the Daily Telegraph I rolled my eyes.
Where's The Feminist Outrage At Boris Johnson's Insults Against Muslim Women?
One of the best-known politicians in our country has just said he wants to force women to take their clothing off at his own MP surgery. So where’s the feminist outrage?
White Middle Class Men Don't Get To Decide What 'Freedom Of Expression' Is
What is most painful about this whole episode is the lack of public outcry from our allies.
Excluding trans women from single-sex spaces is cruel – and impossible
I felt the familiar twinge of disappointment laced with anger when I saw the government announcement that it had “no intention” of changing the current law around single-sex spaces. In doing so, ministers are at best sending mixed messages about the point of the Gender Recognition Act. At worst, they are bowing to a vocal minority who do not speak for all women or all feminists.
ITV is to review its decision to show adverts promoting breast enlargement and diet pills to Love Island viewers, following criticism from the head of the NHS and feminist campaign groups.
Campaigners and surgeons add to pressure to ban surgery ads
Campaigners are angry ads for breast surgery and diet supplements are shown
As new research reveals the show’s impact on women’s feelings about their appearance, feminist campaigners are increasing pressure on ITV to drop ads for cosmetic surgery.
ITV is facing pressure to stop airing ads for diet supplements and cosmetic surgery during Love Island, with research from feminist campaign group Level Up finding that 40% of women who watch the show feel more self-conscious about their body image afterwards.
The popular ITV show has come under fire for showing ads for cosmetic surgery and a weight-loss supplement – and research shows just how toxic they can be to young women
New research shows 40% of women feel more self-conscious of their bodies after watching the show. ITV has a lot to answer for, says Emily Baker.
Two in five (40%) female ‘Love Island’ viewers aged 18-34 feel more self-conscious about their body and appearance after watching the show.
A growing number of campaigners and health experts are calling for cosmetic surgery and diet adverts to be banned during ‘Love Island’, claiming they contribute to body image pressure experienced by the show’s young audience.
Last summer I fell in love with Love Island. There is no point in me pretending to be cool and claiming I watch it “ironically”. I watched the last season and the current one without a trace of irony, religiously tuning into ITV2 most nights at 9pm.
Viewers, the NHS and even plastic surgeons are calling on ITV2 to scrap the plastic surgery ads in Love Island breaks. We spoke to the feminist organisation behind the #LoveIslandAds campaign.
What the Sun’s Bust in Britain competition needs is male cleavage
Every morning I sit down with my coffee and read a stack of newspapers (what can I say? I’m old school). A few weeks ago I spotted something in the Sun that made my heart sink. The newspaper had launched Bust in Britain 2018, its annual search to find the nation’s “cleavage queen”. In honour of the competition, the Sun dedicated a full page of the paper to some of the “best” entries this year.
Three generations of the same family received identical sex education lessons. This is why we're failing children
LGBT+ issues? Consent? Nah, let’s teach kids how to put a condom on a banana.
Remarkably, that classic sex and relationships education (SRE) lesson was taught to Bryony Walker, a campaigns director at feminist group Level Up, her 13-year-old sister and her 87-year-old grandmother.
The SRE banana-condom task may be a running joke, yet it has a serious punchline: SRE is woefully out-of date. That’s why Level Up is launching a new campaign, taking advantage of a recent governmental consultation on how to improve SRE after leaving it untouched for 17 years, a length of time education secretary Justine Greening called “unacceptable”.
Ban individual salary negotiations - it would help gender pay equality
Two years ago, I opened an email with a job offer. It contained lots of flattering things about how great I was and how much the organisation wanted to work with me. It also contained a take-it-or-leave-it salary offer that was explicitly non-negotiable. If employers such as the BBC are serious about closing the gender pay gap, banning individual pay negotiation is a policy they should adopt as well.