Women in 2014

Women in 2014

When I walk into a bar and order a drink, I don’t think about whether my drink has been spiked. I don’t keep a vigilant eye on it either, because this is a privilege I have as a man – and it should not be a privilege. One week ago, America saw its latest mass murder in Isla Vista, California. The killer, whose name I do not wish to mention, blames the sexual rejections he received from women as the justification for his vengeance. On Twitter, the debate has gone much beyond the mass shooting and sparked a global conversation on the fears and oppression women face with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. #YesAllWomen are taught to yell "fire" instead of "rape" if they're attacked. Because people will come running to see a fire… — Anna Megill (@cynixy) May 24, 2014 "I have a boyfriend" is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen — Ariel Filion (@ArielFilion) May 27, 2014 Surely, not all men objectify and practice violence against women, but one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime in the UK. Additionally, over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and approximately 85,000 women are raped on average every year in England and Wales. Unfortunately, oppression of women extends beyond mere physical violence. Evidences increasingly show that women are less self-assured than men. In a frequently cited study from Hewlett-Packard, women only apply for a job when they feel they’ve met 100% of the qualifications. On the other hand, men will apply for...
Press Release: 99% Campaign launches its new youth – led digital platform

Press Release: 99% Campaign launches its new youth – led digital platform

As the youth-led 99% Campaign spreads its digital influence across the world, we are very proud to announce the launch of our brand new website. This will offer young people an online platform to share their stories and experiences about issues affecting their daily lives, with the intention of galvanising social action, and influencing key public figures in the media and governments. In the face of joblessness, low political participation and wider social exclusion among youth, the 99% Campaign is utilising digital participation tools to connect with young people at a level which is most accessible to them. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director said “We are launching this website at a critical point in time when youth voices must be heard in the European elections and the changing youth policies internationally. Who said that our young people can’t or shouldn’t set the international agenda on what matters to them”? The Campaign is hosted by IARS, a UK-based leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. Following the support of Nominet Trust and the EU’s Youth in Action programme, this youth-led digital participation project aims to dispel negative stereotypes around youth, and to encourage young people to lead debates about the social and economic challenges they face in their daily lives. Daniel Robinson, Development Researcher, Nominet Trust commented: “At Nominet Trust we know that digital technology offers young people the opportunity to get their voice heard and participate in their communities in ways that were simply not possible previously. With the experience IARS has in...