12 July 2013: To commemorate the 16th birthday of one of the bravest girls in the world and mark the world’s first ever UN-designated Malala Day, we joined A World At School and PlanUK at the Southbank Centre on July 12th, to witness Malala make her first global address at the UN in New York. Thank you to everyone who sent a message of support to our Stand With Malala campaign (you can see those messages HERE). If you missed Malala’s stirring call-to-action, you can see it below or read it in full HERE.
26 July 2013: Malala – A Return to Back-to-Basics Feminism? Read our Founder & CEO’s blog to find out what she believes Malala’s legacy to be HERE.
28 June 2013: Making Herstory joined Object! Women Not Sex Objects, UK Feminista and other supporters of the #losetheladsmags campaign to tackle Tesco’s shareholders at their AGM about their endorsement of the sale of lads’ mags across their stores. Following on from the protest, Tesco’s chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent has admitted to being ‘startled’ by the sexist content of these mags and is now looking into taking action! Read about his response in full HERE.
29 May 2013: On 21st May, Making Herstory proudly became official supporters of the Women, Action & Media (WAM!) anti FBrape campaign, calling upon Facebook and advertisers to help shut down pages condoning rape and violence against women. Barely a week later, Facebook bowed down to growing pressures and pledged to train moderators, work with women’s organisations and speed up shut-down procedures of such sites! See press coverage of their statement HERE. BUT the fight isn’t over yet – we need to make sure Facebook stay true to their word! See HERE for how you can help this ongoing campaign.
19 May 2013: Making Herstory (MH) are proud to announce we will be working with Buet87 to directly support the long-term rehabilitation of former seamstresses who now face life as an amputee following the collapse of the Savar garment factory. To read more, CLICK HERE.
11 Apr 2013: Making Herstory were so lucky as to be able to attend the UK premiere of Girl Rising – an extraordinary docu-film voiced by Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek and five other world-renowned actresses serving to highlight the stories of 9 extraordinary girls and their fight for the basic right to an education. For more details and to help us host a screening of the film on Friday 12th July 2013, please click here.
11 Apr 2013: Love stories? Love writing? Then get your pens and keyboards ready for our Making Yourstory campaign! As we reach the £600 mark of our £5,000 goal, how will YOU continue the story? For more details click here.
1 Apr 2013: The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States and this year, the campaign is focusing on child sexual abuse prevention. To learn more about SAAM and who to contact if you’re worried about a child or woman who may be suffering from abuse, click here.
31 Mar 2013: If you’re sickened by over-sexualised or offensive adverts harassing you wherever you go, contact the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) immediately and have your say! Click here to see how.
Rape: A Monstrosity of War
25 Mar 13: Angelina Jolie joined foreign secretary William Hague on a visit to Africa to to raise awareness of rape in war zones. The pair met with survivors of rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Jolie has highlighted the plight of refugees in her role as a UN High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy and the plights of women in all war zones inclusive of Syria.
9 Mar 13: Making Herstory took to the streets of London together with tens of thousands of women who had travelled from as far as Germany and Austria to demand equal rights, safe streets, and…read more
8 Mar 13: On International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March), Making Herstory was lucky enough to attend a discussion panel comprised of Sarah Brown (Patron of many charities and…read more
14 Feb 13: Congratulations to everyone who took part in the One Billion Rising movement on 14th February 2013. All across the world, men and women came together to dance, sing, strike and say, “Enough is Enough” to violence against women and girls. As part of the campaign, Anoushka Shankar spoke out about her abuse in the following video:
14 Feb 13: In recognition of the fact that 1 in 3 women experience abuse in their lifetimes, MTV is taking action by working with the UK Home Office to launch an anti-abuse campaign called ‘This Is Abuse’. Go to the campaign website.
13 Feb 13: The youngest suspect of the Delhi gang rape has made a confession statement to the police. Meanwhile, the Judge has barred the media from access to courts. Read the full story on The Independent.
11 Feb 13: Say No To The Wrong Things, & The Right Things Will Happen. Join a growing campaign initiated by both men and women to put an end to topless models being used in…read on
10 Feb 13: Over the last three years, the number of organised gangs targeting vulnerable girls for sexual abuse has risen sharply, bringing to the forefront a number of questions about…read on
25 Jan 13: The rape of an unconscious 16-year old girl by two high school footballers and “shared” by onlookers via Instagram and Twitter, continues to throw up questions about the use and abuse of social media tools. Read the full LA Times report.
24 Jan 13: Li Yan killed her husband after months of abuse and following failure by the authorities to respond to her calls for help. She now faces imminent execution. Take action on the Amnesty International website.
9 JAN 13: Rizana Nafeek, was executed by the Saudi government despite appeals for clemency from around the world. Read the full story on the Guardian website.