Liberty: police should investigate military crimes

Cross-posted from: Women's Views on the News
Originally published: 21.08.18

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Civil liberties and human rights campaign group Liberty has called for civilian police to investigate all military crimes after the Coroner in Private Sean Benton’s inquest delivered a highly critical verdict.

The Coroner in the inquest into the 1995 death of Private Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks recorded a verdict of suicide, and delivered a narrative verdict that severely criticised serious failures in duty of care at Deepcut barracks.

His Honour Judge Peter Rook QC delivered his conclusions at Woking Coroner’s Court following a wide-ranging inquest which began in January and heard evidence about Benton and life at the Surrey camp from 174 witnesses.

The Coroner said:

The Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of Sean’s troop, Sergeant Andrew Gavaghan, physically assaulted and humiliated him on numerous occasions; …


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Everyone Knew: Male Violence & Celebrity Culture, by @LK_Pennington

Cross-posted from: Everyone Knew
Originally published: 30.11.17

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Everyone knew.

We hear this over and over and over again. Every single time a male actor, athlete, musician, artist, politician, chef (and the list goes on) are alleged to be perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, the refrain is “oh, everyone knew”.

‘Everyone knew’ about the multiple allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein; allegations that go back decades. Yet, no one (read men) in positions of power followed even the most basic protection regulations and laws around sexual harassment.

Everyone also ‘knew’ about Jimmy Savile’s predatory behaviour to children and women. Despite multiple allegations made to numerous people supposedly responsible for child protection and multiple reports to police, the media still didn’t want to publish the clear evidence of Savile’s sexually predatory behaviour even after he died. Everyone knew; no one talked.

Read more Everyone Knew: Male Violence & Celebrity Culture, by @LK_Pennington

A guide to completing additional questions for Personal Independence Payment by @JayneLinney

Cross-posted from: Jayne Linney
Originally published: 01.02.17

Follow this link for a very comprehensive PIP guide  which focuses on examples that you could for the additional information boxes.

Often people with disabilities or long term illness get so use to living with pain and discomfort that they do not realise how much their disability affects they everyday life.

Please share as widely as possible




Jayne LinneyI’m a disabled woman, a life long feminist and Social Activist- I write from a personal perspective, usually about the current Political climate and its affects on disabled people. Director of DEAEP – Social Enterprise run by and for disabled people. @JayneLinney

The Women’s March Washington: The Speeches by Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem

Here’s the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis’s Women’s March Speech via @ElleMagazine

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

“We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

“The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.” …

Here’s the Full Transcript Of Gloria Steinem’s Historic Women’s March Speech  via @MarieClaire

“Friends, sisters and brothers, all of you who are before me today and in 370 marches in every state in this country and on six continents and those who will be communing with us in one at 1 [p.m.] in a silent minute for equality in offices, in kitchens, in factories, in prisons, all over the world. I thank each of you, and I especially want to thank the hardworking visionary organizers of this women-led, inclusive march, one of whom managed to give birth while she was organizing this march. Who else can say that?

Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough. And this also unifies us with the many in this world who do not have computers or electricity or literacy, but do have the same hopes and the same dreams.

I think that because I and my beloved co-chairs, the Golden oldies right?–Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, LaDonna Harris–all these great people, we may be the oldest marchers here today, so I’ve been thinking about the uses of a long life, and one of them is you remember when things were worse. …

Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize

Cross-posted from: Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize
Originally published: 30.10.16

Nominations for the 2016 Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize are now open!

Emma was a writer, campaigner and survivor of male violence who fought an historic struggle to overturn a murder conviction in 1995, supported by Justice for Women and other feminist campaigners. The annual prize of £1,000 is awarded to an individual woman who has, through writing or campaigning, raised awareness of violence against women and children. Alongside the individual prize, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize judges choose the recipient of a group award, established to recognise the unsung work done by many women’s groups and organisations. This award marks the outstanding contribution of women’s organisations who work in this embattled area and whose creativity and resourcefulness have resulted in developments that combat the prevalence of male violence. Starting in 2009, a prize is also awarded every two years to an international women’s group. The awards aim to provide recognition for work against violence and to bring it to the attention of a wider public.

In the context of the on-going refugee crisis, Brexit, and the rise in racist hate crime that has come in it’s wake we are particularly interested in recognising women whose campaigning addresses violence against Black and minority ethnic women.

Nominate an Individual

Nominate a Group

Nominations will close on the 24th of December and this year’s prize giving ceremony will take place in March 2017.

The Scottish Write to End Violence Against Women and Girls Award!

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards Nominations close on Sept. 30!

Violence against women is often in the news. Its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that violence against women is so complex can mean that even journalists with the best of intentions can misrepresent some of the issues and perpetuate myths that are harmful to women.

On the other hand, good reporting can play a vital role in increasing understanding of violence against women and challenging its place in our society. And many journalists and bloggers produce high quality work which confronts violence and gender inequality.

We believe that their hard work deserves to be recognised, which is why Zero Tolerance with the support of NUJ ScotlandWhite Ribbon ScotlandScottish Women’s AidEngenderEveryday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50Rape Crisis ScotlandWomen for Independence and the Scottish Refugee Council are pleased to present the fourth annual Write to End Violence award for excellence in journalism. We are also pleased to announce the Sunday Herald will be working with us as our media partner.

This award seeks to drive up standards in journalism by rewarding those committed to furthering the cause of gender equality through their work.  It is open to all those writing in Scotland, and there are categories open to both paid and unpaid writing. Articles and blogs must be published between 01/09/15 and 01/09/16.
Read more The Scottish Write to End Violence Against Women and Girls Award!

Manifesto on VAWG for London mayor candidates by @newsaboutwomen

Cross-posted from: Women's Views on the News
Originally published: 30.03.16




Commit to maintaining London’s pioneering Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.



Women’s groups in London published a ‘manifesto for ending violence against women and girls in the capital,’ recently and sent open letters to Mayoral candidates highlighting the endemic levels of domestic and sexual violence in London, and asking them to make specific commitments on ending female genital mutilation (FGM), on prostitution, on ensuring support services are maintained, and the effective policing of these crimes.

A new ‘mayorwatch’ website, which will track all relevant mayoral and Assembly candidates’ pledges has also been launched.

The manifesto and open letters precede an ‘ending violence against women and girls hustings’ in central London on 12 April, with Sian Berry, Green Party;  Yvette Cooper MP for Labour; Stephen Greenhalgh for the Conservatives; Annabel Mullin for the Lib Dems; and Sophie Walker, standing for the Women’s Equality Party, on the panel.
Read more Manifesto on VAWG for London mayor candidates by @newsaboutwomen

Anthology of Women Writers – to raise money for our network!

It’s that time of year again when we need to raise money to pay for maintenance, hosting and improvements to the website. Rather than hosting another Go Fund Me, we want to showcase some of the brilliant writers who have joined our feminist and womanist network.

We’re looking for new and old:

  • essays
  • opinion pieces
  • poetry
  • short stories
  • flash fiction
  • book reviews

on the very broad topic of feminism and womanism. There are no other guidelines. We just want to show just how brilliant and inspiring our members are and raise money for the annual fees!

The book will be published by EVB Press.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016.

Please send your submissions to

16 Days of Activism to Eliminate VAWG: What you can do to support women’s services! by @EVB_Now

Cross-posted from: Everyday Victim Blaming
Originally published: 25.11.15

These are just a few of the ways that you can support women’s services during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Male Violence against Women and Girls.

  1. Donate £1 to a specialist women’s service like the national organisations Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid, or Refuge.
  2. Donate £1 to your local service providers supporting women who are living with domestic and sexual violence and abuse. BME women’s services have been disproportionately impacted by so-called ‘austerity’ so please don’t forget them.
  3. Donate £1 every day to a different specialist women’s organisations.
  4. Share fundraisers for women’s services across social media. We understand that many women can not afford to donate £1. Sharing fundraisers is just as essential as being able to donate £1.
  5. Share articles on domestic and sexual violence and abuse on social media to raise awareness.
  6. Host a coffee morning for your friends to raise money.
  7. Bring some baked goods into work and ask for donations to a service of your choice from your co-workers.
  8. Collect clothing, bedding and any other unused household items to donate to your local refuge or those support services for women who are homeless, living in poverty etc.
  9. Donate toys to a local refuge for children who will be living in them at Christmas.
  10. Write to your local councillors, MP, or MSP about the consequences of austerity cuts to women’s services.
  11. Write to your MEP to demand that the tampon tax be over-turned.
  12. Write to your MP to point out how offensive it is for the government to fund refuges and rape crisis centres from the taxes collected from the sale of sanitary products.
  13. Write to your local councillors, MP, or MSP to demand ring-fenced funding for women’s specialist services, including those for BME women or those with disabilities.
  14. Write to local councillors, MP, MEP, or MSP and ask them to undergo specialist training on domestic and sexual violence and abuse from specialist organisations.
  15. File complaints with media about inappropriate, misleading and offensive coverage of domestic and sexual violence and abuse.
  16. And, if you’re a man, stand up for women’s rights. Challenge men who make rape jokes. Call out male friends who refuse to financially support their children. Insist your employer implement the equal pay legislation. Donate money to rape crisis centres and refuges. Wearing a white ribbon isn’t enough. Your need to do the work to end violence against women and girls.

You can find the address and contact details of your local councillor via  WriteToThem.

We are the #DeadWomenWalking and these are our names

Cross-posted from: Certain Curtain Theatre

The #DeadWomenWalking march aims to raise awareness of the women behind the statistics of domestic violence murders. A peaceful, creative ‘Murder March’ to remember and represent the women murdered in the UK by partners, ex-partners and family members.

Read more We are the #DeadWomenWalking and these are our names

REAL for Women: Reflecting Equality in Australian Legislation for women

REAL for women challenges the current paradigm of masculinity, male violence and male sexual violence against women, including prostitution and ‘sex object’ culture: the social, personal and political subordination of women via commercial sexual exploitation.

REAL for women is a grass-roots campaigning group that focuses on challenging Australian culture to evolve, so that it reflects the value of our female citizens as equal human beings.

“What prostitution does in a society of male dominance is that it establishes a social bottom beneath which there is no bottom. It is the bottom. Prostituted women are all on the bottom. And all men are above it. They may not be above it much but even men who are prostituted are above the bottom that is set by prostituted women and girls.

Every man in this society benefits from the fact that women are prostituted whether or not every man uses a woman in prostitution. This should not have to be said but it has to be said: prostitution comes from male dominance, not from female nature. It is a political reality that exists because one group of people has and maintains power over another group of people. I underline that because I want to say to you that male domination is cruel. I want to say to you that male domination must be destroyed. Male domination needs to be ended, not simply reformed, not made a little nicer, and not made a little nicer for some women.

Read more REAL for Women: Reflecting Equality in Australian Legislation for women

Everyday Victim Blaming

EVB is a trainingconsultancy and campaigning organisation.

We provide a safe, supportive, anonymous and non-judgemental space for those who have experienced Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse to share their experiences in confidence.

We offer training and consultancy for those working with people who have experienced Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse. We also offer consultancy for those working in the field of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, particularly in terms of assessing their training programs.

We actively campaign to have the voice of victim-survivors heard, and for the responsibility to be placed wholly on the perpetrators of Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse.  
Read more Everyday Victim Blaming

Counting Dead Women

126 UK Women killed by men in 2012

144 UK  Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2013

149 UK Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2014

UK women suspected to have been killed by men in 2015


 counting dead women montage

On New Year’s Day, 2012, 20-year-old Kirsty Treloar got a text from her boyfriend Myles Williams:

“Okay wer all gud now and my new yrs ressy is that I aint going to hit u again and I won’t hit u 4 this yr next yr the yr after that the next yr after that.”

The next day he broke into her family’s home, stabbed her brother and sister as they tried to help, then he dragged her into the back of his mother’s car and drove her away. She was found dead 2 miles away, dumped behind a wheelie bin. Kirsty had been stabbed 29 times. 
Read more Counting Dead Women

JURIES: Campaign for Mandatory Training on Rape Myths for Juries!



“It happened to me. I didn’t fit the portrayed stereotype. It was my neighbour. Not guilty in court. Yet the impact on my life is far reaching”

This is just one of the comments from someone who has signed our petition about JURIES. Yet we have lots more, examples of comments from those whose cases jumped all the hurdles to get into court, only to be let down by the myths and stereotypes that so many people have.

The JURIES Campaign wants things to change, we are challenging the Government to introduce a pre-trial briefing, that would be mandatory; to be played in court, that would challenge the pre-conceived myths and stereotypes, prior to a trial beginning. Myths and Stereotypes can already be challenged at the end of the trial, but that is too late. Some judges also may advise the jury, but there is no prescribed text, not all judges do, and no-one knows just what is said or when.

Read more JURIES: Campaign for Mandatory Training on Rape Myths for Juries!

Jump! Mag Online Magazine for Connected Kids by @JumpMag



Inspire, educate and entertain kids in a safe online environment.

When you pre-purchase a Jump! Mag Plus subscription, you save up to  40% on the regular yearly price.

The Jump! Mag Plus Subscription gives access to the entire family, rather than you paying per child. Each family member will have their own log-in, where they can save favourite articles and follow specific writers and topics.

On the Kids’ section, we will offer exclusive content not published on the main site, access to the full archives for homework assistance, short stories, games and competitions, school, career and personal advice.

The site will be fully indexed so that kids can search for information on a specific topic, but will not be split into subject areas. This is to encourage children to go beyond the comfort zone of their favourite subjects, eg a child who loves history but dislikes science would read an article on archaeology and dating artefacts, without being scared off by the ‘science’ label.

All articles are written in a child-friendly manner, non-patronising, and no ‘dumbing down’. We use real words, not txt speak, and leave the usage of LOL and OMG to the kids, if they want to use them on the articles they sumbit to Written By You. (Most of them don’t!)

We will be working with various organisations to raise awareness of issues concerning children around the world, and to promote STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – particularly for girls.

Our 6-part Interactive Adventure Stories, will be posted on the open access homepage, for everyone to read. Our readers vote every week to tell Kit what to do next. Jump! Mag Plus Subscribers can access the entire 64 chapters, and reread again and again with differing outcomes. The accompanying Educational Resources are suitable for schools, home-educators and individual learners, e.g. for kids who are studying for school entrance exams.

In the future, we aim to introduce resources for learning English as a foreign language, which will be suitable for non-native speakers and ‘third culture kids’.

In the Parent and Educator section, you will find articles on child-rearing and education, advice and reviews.

Jump! Mag does not have a forum or chat area, but readers can comment on articles. All comments are moderated, so if kids share too much personal information, or receive an abusive comment, we can step in, and contact the parents.

  • Daily news updates, explaining and contextualising current affairs and politics.
  • Regular Jump! Mag Comics
  • Interactive Adventure Stories with voting (several times a year)
  • Video of the day (Cats, mainly)
  • Amusing/informative/educational lists with photos or GIFs
  • Regular articles, written by our team, on a variety of topics
  • Advice on bullying and violence, with links to organisations in your local area
  • Quote of the Day
  • Word of the Day – in various languages


 The Jump! Mag website requires substantial redevelopment in order to put the ideas that we have into practice, eg the creation of a subscription area and integration of external content (such as videos and games) on the home page.

We will use the money to employ staff members to write content, and man our social media channels, and compensate our regular contributors for the articles they provide. Some content will be sourced elsewhere, but will  be re-written and adapted to make it suitable for our audience.

Jump! Mag began when founder Lynn Schreiber searched for a comic or magazine for her preteen daughter. She looked for a fun magazine that was informative and educational with a positive message for girls. When she couldn’t find a magazine that fit the bill, she started Jump! Mag for Girls, with the help of some enthusiastic friends.

Over the past two years, we’ve featured a range of articles from archaeology to being more zen. As time went on, we received ever more requests from parents of boys to open up the magazine for their sons.

Jump! Mag is now gender-neutral, although it remains ‘girl-positive’. We work to promote self-confidence and body image, concentrating on being healthy, rather than being ‘pretty’.

Visit the current website, and see for yourself the high quality of our content.


Founder and Editor – Lynn Schreiber 

A freelance writer and social media consultant, who has lived and worked in several European countries. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and impossibly spoiled dog.

Game Designer – Emily Thomforde 

Emily is a BAFTA-award winning games designer, who has worked with us to create the first of many Jump! Mag games featuring Kit, our intrepid adventurer. Emily lives in California, USA.

Comic Makers – Alice Nuttal and Emily Brady

Emily and Alice have been drawing and writing together since pre-school. Today they make comics, as well as working as a professional illustrator (Emily) and writing short stories and novels (Alice) and drinking large amounts of chai (both of them)

Teacher and Writer – Grainne Hallahan

Creator of the Kit Jackson stories, Grainne is an experienced teacher with an fertile imagination and an adventurous spirit – basically she IS Kit! She lives and teaches in London with her young family. Grainne also coordinated the international school story writing project Send a Story on Jump! Mag.

Social Media Volunteer – Rebecca Dodds

Originally from South Africa, currently in London, Rebecca is an online content creator and writer.

Editorial Assistant Volunteer – Annie-May Gibbs

On the other side of the world from Jump! Mag HQ, Annie-May is currently in New Zealand where she works as a Educator in Rape Prevention Education.

Over the past two years, dozens of writers have contributed on a voluntary basis. We will continue to work with them in the future.

Thanks to The Refinery for their assistance in putting together the video.

The time-frame for product completion is estimated to be early October 2014. Our website designers have promised a build-time of around 8 weeks, but there remains a small risk of delays. We will work with the website designers to complete the design process swiftly.

Jump! Mag is run by a small team of dedicated individuals, and there is a risk of change in personal circumstances causing delays. For this reason, we have created detailed plans and targets, so that a different team member could take over at a moment’s notice.


Jump! Mag is an online magazine for kids, which aims to inspire, educate and entertain in a safe and girl-positive environment [@JumpMag]