Reports and briefings
This report brings together evidence demonstrating the case for urgent restrictions on the cosmetic surgery industry to prevent clinics from advertising their procedures. It describes the nature of the industry in the UK today and outlines the harm of cosmetic surgery advertisements. Download
This briefing outlines the factors that drive and perpetuate violence against women and girls (VAWG) and highlights solutions concluding that it is a lack of political will that is holding back progress on ending VAWG. It presents a bank of research, evidence and policy that exists on ending VAWG that decision-makers can draw on to ensure that every woman is safe and equal. Download
This briefing highlights four examples of how women in the UK face challenges and barriers to accessing justice and realising their rights. Experts from Rights of Women, Women In Prison, Women for Refugee Women and Abortion Rights give snapshot insights into how the cuts to legal aid, the denial of abortion rights, and inequality and unfairness in our state institutions fail women and diminish their autonomy. It outlines key legal frameworks and Government obligations to translate formal equality into reality for women. Download.
This briefing reveals some of the key reasons for the underrepresentation of women across society and outlines concrete measures that would contribute to ensuring women’s voices are heard equally. It is now time for the Government, employers and media institutions to take action. Download
Almost 40 years after the Sex Discrimination Act was passed women are still not equal at work today. They continue to be shortchanged by the gender pay gap and the undervaluation of their work and persistent discrimination in the workplace. This briefing examines the reason for this inequality and brings together a broad range of recommendations for action by Government and employers that are necessary to ensure economic justice for women. Download
On 24 October hundreds of women and men from across the UK descended on Parliament to call on their MPs to take urgent action to push forward women’s equality. With a range of organisations UK Feminista brought together key actions that activists asked politicians to take to drive forward women’s equality. The Lobby Pack has more details on each of these actions.
Cosmetic Surgery, Culture and Choice
By Clare Chambers
Thinkpiece #1. Why do women voluntarily risk harming themselves in the pursuit of beauty and in order to conform to social norms? What is the meaning of choice in such a context? And, given the health risks, why have governments allowed breast implants? Download
Thinkpiece #2. This thinkpiece considers the power of association and collective action to transform the lives and livelihoods of marginalised groups, particularly poor women in poor countries, and explores examples of grassroots action. Download
Experts from the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan, Southall Black Sisters, Eaves, Object, Anti-Porn Men and leading academics give insights into the factors that drive and perpetuate violence against women and girls (VAWG ) and say what we need to do to end it. It is not a lack of solutions that is holding us back from eliminating VAWG – it is the lack of political will. This is the first of four films in UK Feminista’s ‘Building a Feminist Future’ series that explore some of the big issues in women’s inequality today and what the solutions are.
In this film experts from Rights of Women, Women In Prison, Women for Refugee Women and Abortion Rights describe how the cuts to legal aid, the denial of abortion rights, and inequality and unfairness in our state institutions are all issues that violate women’s rights and diminish their access to justice. And they say what needs to happen for the Government to live up to its obligations under national and international law to make equality for women a reality. It’s the second of four films in UK Feminista’s ‘Building a Feminist Future’ series that explore some of the big issues in women’s inequality today and what the solutions are.
In politics, the media and in workplaces women’s voices aren’t heard equally today. This film features interviews with inspirational campaigners from the Fawcett Society, Unlock Democracy, Centre for Women and Democracy, TUC and Object talking about why women’s voices are silenced and how we get an equal say for women in our institutions and across society. It’s the third of four films in UK Feminista’s ‘Building a Feminist Future’ series that explore some of the big issues in women’s inequality today.
70% of workers on the minimum wage are women; the full-time gender pay gap is 14.9%, the part-time pay gap is 33%; and 30,000 women are sacked every year simply for being pregnant. This film looks at why work isn’t working for women, and what we can do about it. It features interviews with campaigners and experts from the TUC, Citizens UK, Single Parent Action Network, Working Families and Daycare Trust. ‘Shortchanged’, is the last in a series of four films released by UK Feminista exploring some of the big issues for women’s equality today, and what the solutions are.