16 Days of Activism: The Fight Against Gender-Based Violence in 2020

As part of She’s Right’s participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article will be dedicated to a woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. This article is dedicated to Bella Te Pania, killed by a man on 31 December 2019, at the age of 34. By … Continue reading 16 Days of Activism: The Fight Against Gender-Based Violence in 2020

The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

By Jessica Sutton. After 18 months of hard work, the UK Domestic Abuse Bill will prohibit defendants from claiming that a victim was killed when “rough sex went wrong”. The Bill says that arguing the victim “consented to the infliction of serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification” shall be no defence to … Continue reading The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

“Get Angry”: Indigenous Women and Femicide

By Jessica Sutton. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which may be disturbing. Last week, the body of an 18-year-old aboriginal girl was found in a wheelie bin in Western Australia.[1] The brief lines of the media articles are painfully familiar for those who keep an eye out for cases of femicide. Another man … Continue reading “Get Angry”: Indigenous Women and Femicide

Physical and Psychological Violence During COVID-19: The Shadow Pandemic

This article is dedicated to Dr Lorena Quaranta, killed by a man on 31st March 2020. By Jessica Sutton. For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest — in their own homes. I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic.- Secretary-General of … Continue reading Physical and Psychological Violence During COVID-19: The Shadow Pandemic

A Pandemic of Inequality: How COVID-19 Threatens Women’s Rights

By Jessica Sutton. New Zealand has entered its first week of a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the virulent COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 appears to affect women less seriously than men in terms of physical effects. However, the burdens of the social crisis caused by COVID-19, increasing rates of gender-based violence, and the economic … Continue reading A Pandemic of Inequality: How COVID-19 Threatens Women’s Rights

Weinstein Rape Trial Part Three: The Verdict Explained

By Jessica Sutton. Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial wrapped up last week, with the jury finding the former Hollywood producer guilty of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, but acquitting him of predatory sexual assault. The jury had a fraught deliberation of five days in length, pausing multiple times to ask for clarification, and … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial Part Three: The Verdict Explained

Weinstein Rape Trial: Part Two

By Jessica Sutton. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. Six women have testified over the last two weeks about violent sexual assaults and rapes at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. After two weeks of harrowing testimony, the prosecution has rested its case, and the defence called its first witness … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial: Part Two

Weinstein Rape Trial: Part One

By Jessica Sutton. Dear Harvey, No matter what lies you tell yourself, you did this. Today, Lady Justice is staring down a super predator: you.– Rose McGowan.[1] Last week marked the start of the much-anticipated criminal trial of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, for rape and sexual assault. A press conference held by the group … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial: Part One

Our Right to Life: 16 Days, 16 Women

As part of She’s Right’s participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article is dedicated to a New Zealand woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. The final article in our 16 days is dedicated to Barbara Ann Quinn, killed by a man on or around 7 … Continue reading Our Right to Life: 16 Days, 16 Women