Oscar Pistorius Sentence

Justice for Reeva Steenkamp

    I’m sat here contemplating the sentence in the case of Oscar Pistorius who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. It turns out Pistorius will not be sentenced until October. The verdict: guilty of culpable homicide has been made this morning. This is the equivalent of a manslaughter verdict in the UK. Pistorius could receive a…

Girl Summit

A parent’s pledge for Girl Summit 2014

When my family and I sat down to breakfast yesterday, my daughter asked what my plans were and why I was up and working so early. My computer was switched on and I was preparing to follow the live stream of the UK’s first Girl Summit co-hosted by Prime Minister, David Cameron and children’s charity,…

Girl Summit 2014, FGM, CEFM

Girl Summit 2014

On 22 July the UK will host Girl Summit 2014. Girl Summit aims to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child early and forced marriage (CEFM). It aims to do this within a generation. The event is being organised by the Department for International Development (DfID), the Cabinet Office…

Because I am a girl #FGMrose

Because I am a girl

Those who visit regularly will know that I am passionate about society bringing an end to violence against women. Sadly, this won’t happen magically, or without significant effort. It needs all of us to work together and say no. Because I am a girl does not mean I deserve violence. As a parent of a…

ROTL

The need for review of ROTL

This week we’ve been warned not to approach the Skull Cracker, Michael Wheatley, after he failed to return to HMP Standford Hill after being granted Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) from an open prison. Wheatley was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a string of brutal armed robberies on banks and building societies. He…

Working Without Fear - National Stalking Awareness Day 2014

National Stalking Awareness Day 2014

Working without fear – a fairly simple concept you would think wouldn’t you? You head off to work, sit at your desk, do your job and then leave again at the end of the day. But it’s not always that simple. 24 April is National Stalking Awareness Day 2014 (NSAD 2014). If a member of…

She Can Appeal Action Aid

‘She Can’ Appeal from Action Aid

Last week, I, like millions of others around the country, sat glued to the television watching the programme which showed Davina McCall’s battle against the elements, cycling 500 miles for charity. Her stamina, attitude and determination was inspiring. Davina worried she couldn’t do it, worried she would let people down, but she showed us all. “She can…

Team Honk Nottingham

Team Honk Nottingham: We did it!

Tuesday 25 February 2014: Team Honk Relay – Nottingham’s turn to take the baton! Goodness, yesterday feels like a long time ago! I have sore knees, a sore back and more than one or two aching muscles. This time yesterday I was six hours into cycling with my lovely team members as part of the…