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Horrific and harrowing cases of women being abused, raped and even murdered by police officers in the UK have damaged confidence in the force and raised questions about gender-based violence and discrimination within both the police and justice system more broadly.
Indeed, Baroness Louise Casey’s review of the Metropolitan Police found it to be “institutionally sexist and misogynistic,” and a “boys’ club” where women make up less than a third of officers in all ranks above constable level. The shocking treatment of and attitudes towards women in the Met, as well as in other parts of the criminal justice system, are letting women down.
These cases have also ignited debates about an endemic culture of harassment, abuse and violence against women across UK society in general, with too many instances either unreported or not taken seriously.
Join the King’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and Political Quarterly to discuss what needs to change to ensure women receive the support and respect they deserve, how we can restore trust in UK policing in the wake of high-profile scandals, and ultimately, how to create a justice system that better works for women.
- Baroness Louise Casey, Commissioner of the Casey Review, the independent review of the Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards of behaviour
- Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London (Chair)
- Lady Edwina Grosvenor, prison philanthropist and founder of One Small Thing, a charity whose mission is to redesign the justice system for women and their children
- Dr Hannana Siddiqui, Head of Policy, Campaigns and Research, Southall Black Sisters
- Dr Wanda Wyporska, Former CEO, Black Equity Organisation
With an introduction from Professor Joni Lovenduski, Chair of the Political Quarterly Editorial Board, Professor Emerita at Birkbeck College, University of London and Visiting Professor at Kings College London.