The UK government is standing by as Covid sets back women's equality
It’s almost impossible to imagine that on this day last year I led hundreds of women marching shoulder to shoulder through London’s streets. On International Women’s Day feminists come together to find our voice, find our power and find the strength to carry us through the other 364 days of the year that are largely the purview of men. Back then, we didn’t know that a pandemic was about to fundamentally change all of our lives, but we could have grimly predicted how damaging its effects would prove to be for women. When the chips were down, we were confronted with the fragility of women’s equality.
The Sarah Everard tragedy shows violence against women must be a political and policing priority
London is my city, and my home. Like every woman, I know exactly what it feels like to have to make yourself smaller to avoid harassment and violence, and to be vigilant to every possible threat. I have been groped, cat-called, chased, threatened, and mugged. It is true that it is ‘not all men’ that perpetrate violence, but every single woman has to live with the fear or reality of it and we have had enough.
Mandu Reid: Male violence is a greater threat than terrorism
I still remember leaving my house for the first time during lockdown. With the sudden absence of traffic and people, it felt like a scene from a zombie film. That’s not what stood out to me, though. As I entered my local park, the path narrowed and the man who was approaching got caught on a hedge, desperately trying to keep a two-metre distance from me.