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Christmas News for Women

Thursday 14th December 2023 A comment made on a post on my facebook page recently suggested that religion is bad news for women.And it may shock some of you to know that I largely agree.Religion is so often used to put down, subjugate and control women. That’s what religion has always done, control people.“Why are …

Day 16. Mandy.

Sunday 10th December, 2023 Violence Against Women affects all of us, a YouGov poll* found that 80% of all women in the UK had experienced sexual harassment, but for women aged 18-24 that figure rises to 97%- nearly all of us! That’s before we even contemplate all the other forms of violence against women. So, …

Day 15. Naomi*. 16

Saturday 9th December, 2023Naomi is my friend, she’s 46 now. I remember being in our first year at sixth form college, free of school uniform we could now wear what we wanted to college, express ourselves however we liked, my other friend and I dyed our hair purple and wore hippy clothes, Naomi was always …

Day 10. Meg, 42

Monday 4th December, 2023 My friend Meg tells me that it’s always men who grab her wheelchair without asking if she needs any help: “I was wheeling up a busy street in Manchester, back to my car after a nice lunch with some friends, not struggling, just pushing myself as I usually do. Suddenly I …

Day 9. Rebecca * 13

Sunday 3rd December, 2023 The last three days I’ve posted stories from women who have been harassed by men on the street, they’ve explained how frightened they were, and, as I wrote yesterday, they were frightened because they know some women don’t make it home unharmed. Some women are more vulnerable, and some aren’t even …

Day 8 Rowena, 22

Rowena was 22 when she was harassed walking home alone from a night out with friends in 2004. “I was just passing the town hall when suddenly a voice came out of the darkness.“ “Would you like to feel what’s under my coat?” “I was terrified. I ran towards home as fast as I could, …

Day 7. Andrya, 24

Andrya was around 24 years old when yet another assault on the street in London in the nineties made her try to stop going out alone after dark. However, this wasn’t always possible, especially in winter. She says that the walk home from work always felt more dangerous the further from the bus station towards …

Day 6. Caroline’s daughter, 16

Thursday 30th November, 2023 “My daughter is 16, she was recently coming back on a train at around 4pm and 3 drunk men spent 20 minutes loudly talking about how “all blondes are sluts” whilst staring at my daughter. She tried to ignore them but she was terrified they would get off at her stop. …