Making Misogyny a Hate Crime
A video by Citizens UK
Citizens UK leaders from Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Nottingham and London came together to discuss national strategy on making misogyny a hate crime and to plan our response to the Law Commission Review of Hate Crime legislation.
Why Recognise Misogyny as a Hate Crime?
Equality - Safety - Empowerment
Misogyny is an issue that affects women from all different backgrounds across varying communities. By recognising the existence of misogyny through hate crime policy , our police forces may be able to uncover systemic patterns of targeting based on multiple and intersecting identities.
Recognising and recording misogyny as a hate crime ensures the training of all front line staff and call handlers on the realities of gendered violence, and allows police to implement preventative measures such as night time patrols in particularly affected areas. For 'less serious' crimes committed, police will have the opportunity to use educative measures designed to challenge perpetrator behaviour.
We are aware that this is not the only solution, but recognising misogyny as a hate crime means more education and awareness campaigns surrounding gendered violence, inequality and hate crime in general.
Ultimately, it is important to institutionally recognise and take seriously women's unique experiences of hostility, prejudice and violence; by recognising misogyny as a hate crime, we send a message that enough is enough.
We cannot start to solve the problem until we name it.
Video by Fuse TV & Misogyny Is Hate
We gathered testimonies of misogyny from women living in Greater Manchester and asked members of the public to read them out. These were their reactions.