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Why Violence Against Women is Epidemic | Sophie Walker

February 11, 2020

And violence against women and girls happens
because women are consistently and constantly presented as second class citizens and up
for grabs. As a politician for women’s equality this I think more than anything has really
shocked me to see up close how the other political parties tackle this because violence against
women is cause and consequence of women’s inequality and it is an epidemic. One in four
women experience domestic violence. Two women a week are killed by their partner or their
former partner. Eleven rapes an hour are reported and those are just the ones that are reported.
And as we know the vast majority are not reported because women are told that they are lying
or that they brought it on themselves. The rates of violence against women in this country
speak volumes about women’s inequality. And yet when you talk to people from other political
parties about this they seek to manage it. They talk about police they don’t talk about
ending it. They talk about it as though it is something that we will always have to live
with. So let’s talk about police numbers the way we end violence against women and girls
is to build a tolerant and a respectful society which we do by all of the things that I have
been talking about. We teach equality in education. We share care. We pay equally on an understanding
that we have equal work worth. We see decisions in business and politics take an equally by
men and by women. We build a media that relies for success on reflections of diversity and
fairness that creates output in which women’s lives and experiences and needs are deeply
depicted equally and honestly we built new tech platforms on which women can debate and
exchange ideas without being hounded into silence we end violence against women and
girls by building equal democracies equal judiciaries by telling men No you may not
rape undertake and kill with impunity. We put human rights at the top of everyone’s


  • Reply 4lly0ur8as3 December 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Media suxs but how can you change that when it's monopolized by a few companies? Education seems the most realizable.

  • Reply Nick Adams December 25, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    1 in 4 I seriously doubt that

  • Reply Interdimentional Wizard Wiz December 26, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Feminism teaches women that its okay to click clack at a computer to control men doing the actual work… they call it 'men's work' and yet they teach that they DESERVE the same pay! lets see more women down 'Man Holes' its been 50 years girls …where are you?

  • Reply Joel Ashworth December 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Who except for a beauty pageant contestant talks about putting an end to violence. It's so moronic an idea that it would be political suicide to suggest it.

  • Reply Atlas Hugged December 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    It’s not equality we need, it’s recognition of the roles we have been given and respect for those individuals

  • Reply Chris Trevanion December 31, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Where is she doing this talk, Afghanistan?

  • Reply R0UG January 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    hahha ur so funny every point u make u have no evidence to back them up

  • Reply Minor Seven Sharp Eleven. January 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Evidence is that women are violent toward their partners, in numbers higher enough to be relevant to be part of this conversation.
    Big difference is that no one cares about male victims and there are maybe one or two shelters for men.

  • Reply wirefortyseven January 28, 2019 at 1:18 am

    PAY ATTENTION! This is what an actual Narcissistic Sociopath looks like. This is an actual Narcissistc Sociopath.

    I know it is really hard for decent, well adjusted people to quite grasp that these malevolent, predetory individuals really do exist and really do move among us.
    Make no mistake: these people are very dangerous.
    This is one right here for you to study: please examine her closely so that you can better recognise another when they come into your life. Their goal is to control, manipulate, dominate and destroy.

  • Reply Scott Johnston February 2, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I really pity the guy who marries that…

  • Reply John Alister February 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Lying, hateful, narcissistic social engineers are the most dangerous.

  • Reply - February 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    “We pay equally on an understanding we have equal worth”. The speaker is in favour of massive tax increases for women, in order to redress the huge shortfall in tax they pay as a group then?

  • Reply Adam Isherwood February 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    She makes one incoherent argument after another. Her lack of reasoning and logic is quite remarkable.

  • Reply XCS May 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Violence against women? Where????

  • Reply Alli Zappa McMinn June 9, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Look I'm pro-gender equality but I never called myself a feminist,and one of the reasons for that is because of this woman.She's giving the movement a bad name which I know isn't unsusual.

  • Reply David Gayler June 12, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I get the impression that this woman actually does not like anyone ,

  • Reply Mark Allen June 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    She always looks like she is sucking a lemon.

  • Reply Snappingturtle 267 June 18, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Sophie Walker hasn't a clue about facts.

  • Reply Jake Dee July 3, 2019 at 4:05 am

    If violence against women is caused by their presentation by society as second class citizen, then what is the explanation of the much higher rates of violence against men ?

  • Reply happymess July 17, 2019 at 11:42 am

    😊 violence against women is rising because most men hate that women are learning to live without them… and doing it quite well… truth is, women are just as smart, resourceful, driven, and capable as men are in any situation that doesn't require brute force… physical strength is the only advantage they have, so some use it to humiliate, hurt, and even kill women to try to prove their "superiority"… others withhold help when a woman is being harmed by a man as a sort of "indirect violence"… many even enjoy seeing it… it's the age old "beat her back into her place" mindset… look closely at the comments made when men abuse women:
    "equal rights, equal fights"…
    "she must've deserved it"…
    "well she's a strong, independent woman, so"…
    "well, you wanted equality… here it is"… so what is her "place"?… basically, because women aren't as physically strong, they're inferior… and if a woman is able to not only survive, but even thrive independently, she deserves to be abused to show her that she "needs men"… who needs somebody who would hurt you or let you be hurt simply because you're doing well?… point is, it all derives from a lack of respect for women… somebody who respects you wouldn't hate you for being self-sufficient… they wouldn't see you as "less deserving" because you're not a physical match… and please miss me with all that "law of the jungle, only the strong survive" bullshit… we're not silverback gorillas… sure women may not be a match in combat, sports, or an apocalyptic scenario… but what about the other 80% of needed functions in society?… and i'm not saying women are superior either… i'm saying that the less respect both genders have for each other, and the more each uses their advantages over the other to cause harm… the worse things will get…🌠

  • Reply Sven Huber November 5, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Really? Then go back to your husband, my wife is hitting me (and vast majority is not reported). And I am coming from Germany.

  • Reply Black Water November 18, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    11 rapes reported an hour – that is horrific! So few prosecuted so thousands of rapists walking the streets free to rape again.

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