WHO WE ARE
Misogyny is Hate is a campaign which demands that misogyny is recognized as a hate crime in Greater Manchester.
Misogyny is an issue that affects women from all different backgrounds across varying communities. By recognizing the existence of misogyny through hate crime policy, we believe our police forces may be able to uncover systemic patterns of targeting based on multiple and intersecting identities.
Recognizing and recording misogyny as a hate crime ensures the training of all front line staff and call handlers on the realities of gendered violence, and allows police to implement preventative measures such as night time patrols in particularly affected areas.
We are aware that this is not the only solution, but recognizing misogyny as a hate crime means more education and awareness campaigns surrounding gendered violence, inequality and hate crime.
Ultimately, it is important to institutionally recognize and take seriously women's unique experiences of hostility, prejudice and violence; by recognizing misogyny as a hate crime, we send a message that enough is enough.
WHAT WE DO
In October 2019, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) released a survey about hate crime in Manchester. Due to our tireless campaigning efforts throughout the year previously, the first question in the consultation asked whether hate against women and girls should be monitored. We spent months spreading awareness on the consultation, and have recently found out that misogyny hate crime recognition received overwhelming support from respondents.
In November 2019, the University of Manchester’s Students’ Union voted at the Student Senate to fully endorse and support the MisogynyISHate campaign to see Greater Manchester Police, and Police forces nationally, recognize misogyny as a hate crime category. By supporting misogyny hate crime policy, the University of Manchester Students’ Union has taken an important step in leading the way towards preventative policy and legislative gender equality, which will send a powerful, symbolic and cultural message that contempt for, discrimination against and abuse of women in our student and wider communities will not be tolerated.
We have held a meeting with Greater Manchester Police’s Hate Crime Lead Superintendent Rick Jackson, and former Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police Sue Fish, to discuss implementing misogyny hate crime policy.
The University’s Reclaim the Night 2020 named misogyny hate crime recognition as one of their flagship policies as a result of the Students’ Union’s full backing for the campaign. One of our leaders, Sylvie spoke at the rally to the more than 2000 people in the crowd about why the campaign is so important.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED…
Take part in our Women’s Aid 55 Challenge!
There has been an escalation in domestic violence since lockdown in the UK. Despite demand increasing, many domestic abuse support providers have had to reduce their services. We are raising money for Women’s Aid, a grassroots federation providing life-saving services and building a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.
So… post a picture with people that you miss during lockdown, donate £5 and nominate 5 people to do the same - #celebratedonatenominate. Why 5? When calling the police, people can input the code '55' to tell the operator that it is not safe to speak, saving the lives of many survivors of domestic abuse.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US
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