Another Pandemic — Male violence against women

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The global realities of male violence against women are shocking and unrelenting.

In response to the murder of Sarah Everard; the murdered sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry; the dismissal of legal challenges to how rape policy is prosecuted in the UK; the unheard voices of girls, trans, disabled, indigenous women and gender nonconforming people; domestic abuse statistics, and protests across India and Australia, WOW is holding this urgent evening of discussion.

We have gathered people from across the world, including many men, to hear about the strategies and demands for change that are happening already and the actions we can all take now.

We will explore institutional sexism; discuss what men can do to change cultural attitudes; and tackle the need for governments, the media, civil society, and religious and educational spaces to face the realities of misogyny directly and take action.

Please join us at this free event to hear this urgent discussion, and please share this event with male friends, allies and family members to book.

This event will be BSL Interpreted and live captioned in English.

This event will take place as a Zoom webinar and everyone is welcome. Please read WOW's Code of Conduct before joining. You will receive joining instructions on the afternoon of the event.


Alison Phillips, Chair, Women in Journalism and Editor, The Mirror, UK

Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition, UK

Ben Hurst, Head of Facilitation at Beyond Equality, UK

Bonny Turner, Australian Rape Justice Activist in the UK & Norway, & Lawyers for Rape Justice Co-Founder

Claire Barnett, Exec Director, UNWomen UK

Chernor Bah, Co-Founder, Purposeful, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Eleanor Lisney, Founding member and Director, Sisters of Frida, UK

Esra Aysun, curator WOW Istanbul

Gary Barker, Founder and CEO, Promundo, USA/Portugal

Harriet Wistrich, Founder and Director, Centre for Women’s Justice, UK

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Human Rights Lawyer and Crossbench Peer, House of Lords, UK

Janine Hardy, Founder, March4Justice, Australia

jane fae, Chair of Trans Media Watch @transmediawatch

Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana, activist and survivor of sexual harassment

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala, feminist activist, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Prof Jo Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck and Principle Investigator on SHAME (Sexual Harms and Medical Evidence) Project, UK

Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, Australia/UK

Julia Gonçalves Leal, Leader at Women's House, Redes de Maré (one of Rio’s biggest favelas), Brazil

Sughra Ahmed, Muslim scholar and activist, UK

Mandu Reid, Leader, Women's Equality Party, UK

Mariana Katzarova, Founder, RAW in WAR - Reach all Women in War, Bulgaria/UK

Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Prosecutor, and author, The Prosecutor: One Man’s Pursuit for Justice for the Voiceless, UK

Radhya Almutawakel, human rights defender, Co-founder and Chairperson of Mwatana Organisation For Human Rights, Yemen

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, artist, Chair of DEWA (Deaf Ethnic Women's Association) and Co-Chair of Deaf Aspirations

Winnie M Li, Author of Dark Chapter, Co-Founder of Clear Lines, London, UK

Wiyaala, singer/songwriter, performer, activist, ambassador for UNICEF Ghana