UK: Women's groups call for Leveson debate to wake to harm to women
Posted in English on November 26, 2012 by WACC
In January 2012, the UK women's groups Eaves, Equality Now, EVAW and Object gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry investigating culture, practice and ethics of the British Press. The groups demanded action against sexist stereotypes in media which could condone violence against women or girls.
In anticipation of the inquiry report to be published on November 29, the groups conducted a two week monitoring of media portrayal of violence against women.
Heather Harvey of Eaves said:
“These are categorically not matters of so-called ‘taste and decency’. The persistent portrayal of women as to blame for the abuse they suffer, as sex objects and as an insignificant part of public life, is very damaging. We need a full scale debate about how to turn this around.”
Access the full report, the letter to the British Prime Minister and the press release here.