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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
What is most painful about this whole episode is the lack of public outcry from our allies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.