9781784742225

Eve Was Shamed How British Justice is Failing Women

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  • ISBN13:

    9781784742225

  • ISBN10:

    1784742228

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2019-01-01
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Summary

What comes after #MeToo? One of our most eminent lawyers and defenders of human rights answers with this urgent, authoritative, and deeply shocking look at British justice

In Eve Was Shamed, Helena Kennedy forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are being routinely discriminated against when it comes to the law. From the demure way women must present themselves in court to the lack of female judges; the treatment of rape victims to battered wives being asked why they don’t "just leave" their partners; the complexities of FGM and other honor crimes to the "lifestyle" choices of the Rotherham girls; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME women to the scandal of female prisons. She reserves particular concern for the effects of the internet, from the influence of pornography to the use of social media as evidence.

The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women. The #MeToo movement has been in part a reaction to those failures. So what comes next? How do we codify what we've learned? In this richly detailed and shocking book, one of the UK's most eminent human rights thinkers and practitioners shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of what makes society just.

Author Biography

Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers and public figures. She is a regular broadcaster, journalist, and lecturer and throughout her career has focused on giving voice to those who have least power in the system, championing civil liberties and civil rights. Her 1994 book Eve Was Framed led to a number of key reforms for women and was followed in 2004 by Just Law. She is the Master of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and was awarded a life peerage in 1997.

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