Citizens UK is the birthplace of the misogyny hate crime campaign.
In 2015, our Nottingham chapter won the policy to make misogyny a hate crime.
Since then our national campaign has moved seven other constabularies to implement the recording of misogyny or gender as hate crime categories, and in 2018, working with Stella Creasy MP, the campaign won a national Law Commission review. In September 2020 the review announced their intention to support the policy to change nationwide law.
Our campaign is led by a diverse group of women and people who have experienced misogyny. While misogyny affects many people, it also affects different communities differently. Visibly Jewish women often experience misogyny that includes antisemitic stereotypes. Visibly Muslim women experience often experience misogyny that focuses on their clothing choices and includes Islamophobic tropes. Old women, young women, Black women, Jewish women, LGBTQ women , Muslim women, white women all come together to lead this work.
Where did it all start?
In 2015, our Nottingham chapter won the policy to make misogyny a hate crime. Next up was for it to be put into action.
Citizen UK's Nottingham chapter celebrated misogyny being recorded as a hate crime for the first time in the UK
We started to work more widely in our communities on the issue. A team from Nottingham and London met with City Hall in London to try and persuade them to support the campaign.
London leaders in Lewisham took action. And leaders in Tyne & Wear demanded an end to the abuse they faced as Muslim women on public transport - and won a hate crime charter for the metro!
Stella Creasy MP tabled an amendment and won a Law Commission review.
Our campaign leaders, alongside Fawcett Society and Women’s Aid, met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick.
We also partnered with the Law Commission's inquiry to co-ordinate five separate meetings in Tyne and Wear, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and London. Over 200 people shared their stories of their experience of misogyny and asked for the Law Commission’s support.
Leaders in Manchester held public assemblies, took action and marched to make misogyny a hate crime.
The mayors of London, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield came out with their support of the campaign.
We released a report of over 1,000 people’s experiences that showed 33.5% of hate crimes already have gender as a motivating factor. Women are also three times more likely to experience sexual violence than men.
In September, the Law Commission came out in favour of our campaign - recognising that misogyny should be recorded as a hate crime.
Want to get involved in the next steps of our campaign?
We are launching a non-party political Misogyny Hate Crime Ambassador Scheme to build support for the campaign.
We have a training session on this on Tuesday, November 17 at 3pm for one hour. Sign up here.