Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai Brown is a columnist on the The Independent.

She has also written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Evening Standard, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek and The Mail. She came to the UK from Uganda in 1972, completing her M.Phil. in Literature at Oxford University in 1975. Her work as a journalist in the subsequent decades has won her many awards, including the Orwell Prize for Political Journalism in 2002.

Yasmin was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research 1996-2001 and is now a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. She is a Vice President of the United Nations Association, President of the Institute of Family Therapy, and a Special Ambassador for the Samaritans. In 2008 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism at the Universities of Cardiff and Lincoln. She is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool’s John Moore’s University and holds an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice.

Yasmin is also a radio and television broadcaster and public speaker. Polls held in 2005 named her the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country and one of the most powerful Asian media professionals.

Yasmin’s has published many books including: No Place Like Home (1995); True Colours: Attitudes to Multiculturalism and the Role of Government (1999); Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain (2000); After Multiculturalism (2000) and Mixed Feelings (2001); and Some of My Best Friends Are… (2005).

Catherine Bearder MEP

Catherine Bearder MEP is a member of the European Parliament for the South East of England.

Elected in 2009, Catherine works on numerous issues in the Parliament and places great importance in the protection of our environment as well as the fight against Human Trafficking.

Coming from a background of managing a Citizen’s Advice Bureau and working for Victim Support, Catherine has seen herself the life-shattering results of domestic violence and is delighted to support the work of For Our Daughters in their work to end sexist homicide and violence against women.

Catherine works with the European Women’s Lobby and in April 2011 joined a majority of MEPs in calling for an EU wide Directive to combat violence against women.  Currently, European women do not have equal and universal legal protection against male violence across the EU because national laws and policies differ from one Member State to another and Catherine will be fighting for an EU Directive to level the playing field, protecting women everywhere.

Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel has been involved in campaigning to end violence against women and children for over 30 years.

She is the co-editor of The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys, Astraia Press, 2003, and a number of chapters and papers on topics including domestic violence and homicide, rape, stalking and harassment, and trafficking and prostitution. Julie has authored reports into the international sex industry, including an investigation into the links between lap dance establishments and prostitution; a study into the effects of legalisation of the sex industry; and a mapping of the indoor sex industry in the Scottish city of Glasgow.

Julie has been writing about the harm of international prostitution (trafficking) for a decade. She is published in the UK, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Brussels via the European Women’s Lobby.

She has written a number of newspaper, magazine and online articles focusing on the international sex industry, many of which have been used to persuade government officials, policy makers and law enforcers to change and improve policy, legislation and services to better tackle this crime and support the victims.

Julie was the first journalist to document the harmful phenomenon of European women travelling to the Caribbean for the purposes of sex tourism (Guardian Weekend Magazine, 2004). She conducted an investigation into the risk of homicide for female victims of stalking in Italy (Le Repubblica, 2009). Her investigation into the murder of a street prostitute in Sweden was lauded by police and the family of the victim.

I support For Our Daughters as it is a brilliant and imaginative initiative to end violence against women and children.

 

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is married with one son and two daughters.

He has been Chairman of the Church of England Children’s Society and a trustee of Christian Aid. He founded Family Forum. He has been a member of the Child Poverty Action Group. His special interests include family policy and foreign relations.

He contested West Woolwich in the general elections of February and October 1974. He won the seat in June 1975 when it was re—named Eltham. This was the first by-election win under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.

He has served as Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services (1977-1979) and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1979 to81).

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Cranley Onslow MP, Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1982-83) and then Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt.Hon Norman Fowler, Secretary of State for Social Services.

In September 1984, Peter was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office where his responsibilities included agriculture and the environment.

In the 1997 general election, Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex.

In June 1997, Peter was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. His wife, Virginia, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey.

Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton

Baroness Gould is a life peer in the House of Lords and has been a Deputy Speaker since 2002.

She served as Chair of the Labour Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV from 2003-10 and was Chair of the Women’s National Commission from 2007-10.

She is also President of the Family Planning Association, a patron of FORWARD and Chair of the All Party Pro Choice and Sexual Health Group.She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and in October 2007 became the first Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. She was also voted the 2007 Health Champion at the Charity Champion Awards in recognition of her campaigning work to raise the profile of epilepsy as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy.

She is President of the Mary MacArthur Holiday Trust, a charity providing holidays for women in need; President of Straight Talking, an organisation that raises young people’s awareness of the problems associated with teenage parenthood with the aim of reducing high rates of teenage pregnancy; and Honorary Past President and Honorary Life Member of Epilepsy Action.

She is a regular speaker on women’s matters both in the House of Lords and nationally. For the past five years, for Women’s Day, she has organised full debates in the chamber of the House of Lords to draw public and parliamentary attention to issues affecting women.

Elizabeth Longhurst

I was catapulted into a stark realisation of the problems which are highlighted by For Your Daughters when my own daughter Jane was murdered in 2003 in Hove by a man who essentially been “grooming” her for some months.

She had a lovely open nature and always saw the best in people. His partner had been a friend of hers too. Unfortunately for Jane, she also had a beautiful neck and he took the opportunity to strangle her with a ligature – fulfilling a fantasy which he had had for some 20 years from the age of 15.

Every case of violence whether ending in murder or not, will be different. The negative ripples coming from this dreadful act are still being felt by her partner and his family and my family and friends, although we have learnt to live with it now. Any support for or sympathy with the nearest and dearest of victims, certainly has my support. However, I prefer to refer to myself as a survivor. Retired now, I was a PA in the Berkshire Education Department for some years. In retirement I have been active researching family history and with “green” issues.

Caroline Lucas MP

Caroline is Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

In 1999, she was elected as one of the Party’s first MEPs and represented the South East region until the 2010 general election, when she was elected as the first Green MP.

Caroline is a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency, and Vice Chair of the Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing, Animal Welfare, and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and is Vice President of Stop the War Coalition and the RSPCA; a CND National Council Member; a Director of the International Forum on Globalization; a Matron of the Women’s Environmental Network; and a Patron of Action for UN Renewal and Martlet’s hospice.

Caroline has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She was named Newcomer of the Year in the Spectator’s 2010 Parliamentarian awards, and was awarded MP of the Year in the Dods & Scottish Widows Women in Public Life 2011 awards.

Far more needs to be done to tackle the high rates of gendered violence in our society, including putting pressure on the Government and the legal profession to recognise cases of sexual violence and abuse as hate crimes against women. I wholeheartedly support the For Our Daughters campaign as a way to remember the lives of all those women and girls who have died as a result of domestic and sexual violence – and to push for urgent change, as well as greater public awareness, in order to protect future generations.

 

Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind is a columnist and leader writer for The Times.

Formerly a columnist for The Herald, he joined The Times in 2005 as a diarist and features writer. He now writes a weekly opinion column and a weekly diary parody (My Week).

He also writes regular columns for The Spectator and GQ and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. His novel, Overexposure, was published in 2006. He supports For Our Daughters because he thinks men are too often silent on matters considered feminist, and because he has daughters.

 

Dominic Walker OGS, Bishop of Monmouth

Dominic Walker is the Bishop of Monmouth in the Church in Wales.

He is a member of an Anglican Religious Order and has worked as a parish priest at the Elephant & Castle in London and in Brighton. At university in London and Cardiff he read theology, psychology of religion and canon law.

He is an Honorary Vice President of the RSPCA and President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals. He has a particular interest in the relationship between belief and behaviour and faith and mental health. Before being elected Bishop of Monmouth he was the Bishop of Reading in the Church of England.

In January 2011 the Primates of the Anglican Communion, meeting in Ireland, restated the Church’s commitment both to the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls and to promote their equality and empowerment, confirming this by letter to all churches in the world-wide Anglican Communion.”

As an Anglican bishop I am committed to these aims and am happy to support For Our Daughters because the victims of violence – human and animal – are so often without a voice and need others to speak out for them. There is a need for a greater awareness of gendered abuse and male attitudes towards women if we are to work for a society that is truly just where woman can be equal partners with men.

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