Misogyny to be recorded as a Hate Crime
Back in January 2018, a Big Idea titled 'she's fine it's not a hate crime,' got 109 positive votes and was passed by UCLan Students’ Union Council. The idea proposed campaigning to record Misogyny as a Hate Crime.
In September 2018 Stella Creasy MP won a national Law Commission review, and from 2018 onwards the Law Commission worked on a series of public consultations.
UCLan Students’ Union’s efforts began with a postcard campaign. Students filled in postcards to Lobby MPs to change the law and make misogyny a hate crime. We then went on to respond to the Law Commission’s consultation in December 2020, in reflection of student voice and Students’ Union policy.
The Law Commission then announced their intention to recommend the policy to change nationwide law.
For some time, only seven forces recognised either misogyny or gender as a hate crime. However, on the evening of March 18, it was announced by the Home Office that misogyny will now be recorded as a hate crime in England and Wales. The development comes following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, which prompted campaigners like the Fawcett Society and politicians including MP Stella Creasy to put pressure on the UK government for tougher legislation to protect women from harm.
Your VP Welfare Meg said:
“I'm so happy to see that misogyny is going to be considered a hate crime. This is a project that the current Elected Officer team and many Officers before us have campaigned for, so it's great to see it finally going through. We hope that this change will make it that little bit safer for women to walk the streets, and help to increase reporting of sexual harassment as the serious crime that it is. This is also a great example of how your Big Ideas can help influence change on a wider scale. Despite this positive step forward, we also recognise that there is a lot more work to do around gender equality and we at the Students’ Union will continue to fight for further change.”
England and Wales will now record all crimes they suspect have been motivated by hostility based on gender. The ruling could apply to crimes such as murder, sexual offences, domestic violence, harassment, and stalking.
Find out more about the Our Streets Now national campaign here.
We’re pleased that our campaigning has helped to make positive change in the community, and will continue to work with the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team and Student Support to ensure that the Union and University is a safe space for all.