Why Stand Up?

Why Stand Up?

More than 10 million women in the UK experience violence (Home Office).

Millions more women and girls experience discrimination and harassment.

At the same time, women are massively under-represented in all positions of power and portrayed in a highly stereotyped way in the media, one of society’s greatest influencers.

Domestic Violence
  • 8 million women (25% of women) experience domestic violence in the UK  (Women’s Aid).
  • 3 million women will experience domestic violence this year (Women’s Aid).
  • More than 2 million phone calls would be made to the police every year if all domestic violence attacks were reported (Women’s Aid).
  • Domestic Violence accounts for up to 25% of all recorded violent crime (Women’s Aid).
  • 20% of the public think that sometimes it is acceptable for a man to hit or slap his partner – for instance if she wears revealing clothes in public (Home Office, 2009).
  • 25% of women are sexually assaulted in the UK, most often by their own partners, in their own home (Home Office).
  • Women are more worried about rape than any other crime (Home Office), most particularly of ‘stranger danger’.
  • Only 10% of rapes are carried out by strangers.
  • Approximately 15% of rapes are reported to the police.
  • Only 5% of rapes that are reported result in a conviction (Home Office, 2007).
  • Up to 1/3 of the public believe that it’s a woman’s own fault she was raped if she was drunk, flirting or wearing revealing clothes (Amnesty International UK, 2005).   
Violence Against Girls
  • 1/3 of teen girls who are in a  relationship (¼ million) are  sexually abused by their boyfriends (NSPCC).
  • 40% of older teens say they know at least one girl who has been pressurised to have sex with her boyfriend (Amnesty International UK).
  •  Up to 50% of teenagers believe that sometimes it is acceptable to force a woman to have sex or hit her (Zero Tolerance).
  • 50% (NHS Scotland) to 80% (Zero Tolerance) of teenagers believe that the woman is to blame if she is abused if she flirted, ‘nagged’ or 'dressed sexily'.
  • 40% of older teens (aged 16-18) say they haven’t received information on sexual consent or weren’t sure if they had (YouGov Poll).
The Sex Trade


  • A possible 10,000 women are trafficked into the UK every year.
  • As many as 80,000 women are in street prostitution in the UK.
  • 75% of women in prostitution enter it as children.
  • 85% of women in prostitution were physically abused (45% sexually) as children.
  • 70% of women in prostitution suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The death rate is up to12 times the national average.
  • 90% of women in prostitution say they want to get out.
  • Most men who use prostitutes say they would not, if they faced a meaningful fine or public exposure (Eaves). 

     [Read More Here: Home Office    London Mayor     EVAW    Zero Tolerance]


  • 90% of top selling pornography videos show aggression towards women (Bridges).
  • Over 50 million hits can be found on any google search for ‘rape porn’.
  • Forms of pornography seen as extreme 10 years ago are routinely advertised in men’s lifestyle magazines ('lad's mags') and some national newspapers, such as The Sport (Object).
Poor Body Image
  • Nearly 50% of girls say the worst thing about being female is the pressure to look good (Girl Guides).
  • Less than 60% of girls aged 11-16 are happy with their appearance (Girl Guides).
  • Nearly 50% of girls aged 16-21 would consider plastic surgery (Girl Guides).
  • 90% of the 1.6million people in the UK suffering from an eating disorder are female (YMCA).
Other Forms of Violence

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM)

  • 66,000 women are believed to be living with the consquences of FGM in England and Wales (Home Office).

Forced Marriage

‘Honour’ Attacks

  • Nearly 3,000 incidences of honour attacks were recorded by the police in 2010. 
  • These included mutilations, acid attacks, abductions and murder (BBC).
Harassment and Stalking

On the Street

  • 40% of London women are harassed in public spaces every year (YouGov Poll).
  • 20% of women have experienced stalking (Home Office).


At School

  • 40% of older teens say they hear sexual insults used daily against girls at school. (YouGov Poll).
  • 1/3 of older teen girls have been ‘groped’ at school (YouGov Poll).
  • 25% of older teens say their teachers have never told them that sexual name calling or unwanted touching is unacceptable (YouGov Poll).
'Bad Press'

Human Rights

  • International Human Rights: Media pivotal in promoting equality and respect. UK media is consistently failing (Object, EU,  EU).
  • Home Office: Bringing in raft of measures to improve regulation - from music videos to the internet.
  • Leveson  Report : British tabloids demean women. New press watchdog must address this.



  • The American Psychological Association: Objectifying images of women significantly increases men’s acceptance of sexual stereotypes, harassment and violence against women.


The British Media

  • Analysis reveals: Highly stereotyped portrayal of women as young, thin and sexualised. Violence against women increasingly portrayed. Rape victims consistently blamed for being attacked. Sexualisation increasingly targeted at children – via music videos, celebrity role models, video games & advertising. 

[OBJECT; Home Office; EVAW; Zero Tolerance; Women in Journalism; Institute of Education]

  • In Politics. Women make up just 20% of MPs, 33% of Councillors and 13% of Council Leaders (Fawcett).
  • In the Law. 15% of High Court Judges are women. There is only 1 female Supreme Court Justice (Fawcett)

In Business

  • Women make up only 16% of FTSE 100 company directors. 
  • Yet companies with more women on their board out perform others (Fawcett)

In The Press

  • Just 22% of front page stories & 19% of lead article are written by women (Women in Journalism).
  • Nearly 50% of women in the press see no older, senior role models in their offices (Women in Journalism).

In Poverty

  • 20% of Women live in poverty
  • Women’s pay is on average 15% less than men’s (and 55% less for workers in the financial sector) (Fawcett)