Tonight in my home town in Canada I was awarded the Order of Lambrick Park, an award that ‘recognizes and honours Lambrick Park alumni who have made significant contributions or achievements since graduation’. My beautiful dad, Bob, accepted the award on my behalf, and read this message for me, in my absence: ‘It is such […]
My 11th book and 2nd work of non-fiction, Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls is officially out today. Why Speaking Out? Why a handbook? And why now? This book arose partly from the shocking statistic that worldwide fewer than 1 in 4 people we hear from or about in the media is female…
This abuse, it must be stressed, is not a matter of free speech. It is a matter of public safety and law. Threats of death, rape or other physical harm are illegal online, just as they are offline. Likewise, it is against the law to encourage a person to harm themselves.
By keeping these discussions taboo, we rob people of the basic support and understanding necessary to deal with their loss. By keeping these discussions taboo, we force women and families to suffer in silence.
On Friday I was honoured to be the recipient of an Edna Ryan award for making a significant contribution to feminist debate across a number of issues, for speaking out for women and children including those in war zones and in poor and developing societies and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.
Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls, including child marriage. Rates of child marriage have risen sharply and in some cases doubled in Syrian refugee camps. I recently visited Syrian refugees, aid workers and gender-based violence experts in Lebanon, the country hosting the largest ratio of refugees per capita in the world, to learn more.