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The #metoo campaign has facilitated the emergence of a renewed public narrative around violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has led to the widespread public disclosure of women’s experiences of a sexual harassment and abuse. Will this make any tangible or lasting difference to women and girls’ experience of violence (in all its forms)? Does public discourse reflect the experiences of women who are more marginalised or less privileged, particularly given that the campaign’s founder, Tarana Burke, has largely been unacknowledged and obscured in this debate?

The UK government’s current VAWG strategy (2016-2020) outlines the strategic aim of "making VAWG everyone’s business", with specific reference to the engagement of "men, boys and bystanders" to challenge VAWG and "further social change" (Home Office, 2016). Policies implemented under welfare reform are however severely at odds with this and the stories we tell about women’s experiences remain stubbornly focused on victim-survivors rather than perpetrators. To what extent can policy and dominant discourse be reworked so that violence against women is genuinely regarded as a social problem for which there is a shared, collective responsibility to address?

This conference and workshop will showcase a variety of non-traditional and traditional presentations from PhD students, Masters Students as well as practitioners and partners in the social sector, exploring some of the many questions and themes which have emerged recently, as a result of the #metoo movement. These are made all the more poignant when set against the backdrop of the current socio-political climate of austerity and welfare reform, underscoring the need for intersectional analysis of these issues. This day will prove useful in continuing these debates, opening up an inclusive space to address the opportunities and challenges associated with moving 'beyond the hashtag' to bring about real social change.

We very much welcome attendees and presenters from across disciplines and sectors. Please get in contact with Jess Wild: j.l.wild@leeds.ac.uk or Mary Robson: ss09memr@leeds.ac.uk for any queries or concerns regarding the event. This event is wheelchair accessible, but feel free to get in contact if you have any other access requirements.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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