Hi there, this page is full of information about all things female and the injustices women and girls still face today (of which there are still many). After living through an abusive and violent marriage I understand what it is like for many women who still do not have a voice. My passion now is to use my gifts, talents and voice not only to bring pleasure and enjoyment to people through my music but also to create awareness of all the issues that society needs to tackle if we are to see a fairer and more equal world for women and girls to live in.  

Currently two women a week are killed in the UK through intimate partner violence.  1 in 3 females globally will experience some form of violence or sexual abuse in their lifetime and violence against women and girls (VAWG), is one of the greatest and most pervasive forms of human rights violations existing in our world today. Economic Poverty for the female gender is an issue that is close to my heart and I would like to see women and girls given more opportunities and become empowered from an early age to be able to make better choices, where they can become financially independent and not dependant on governments or charities in order to survive.

Today women all over the world face female genital mutilation, forced marriages, sexual harassment, rape, unequal education, the disparity in pay (otherwise known as the Gender Pay Gap), lack of flexible and well paying employment opportunities, Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA), honour killings, femicide, infanticide and lack of equality and opportunities in business, media and the corporate world.  Family law courts are archaic and do not cater or understand the need to protect women and children. They have outdated laws that need to be changed. We need to address these things and bring reformation so that women and girls everywhere are free from all forms of oppression and violence and free to make their own decisions. 

I'd like to share this information with the people I sing for and encourage them to think about what they can do to be part of the solution. I hope you find this section informative and interesting.   

Rachel E Reader

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing. ”

Edmund Burke

Fighting for Women's Rights has too often become synonymous with man hating. This has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is: "The belief that men and women should have equal opportunities."”

— Emma Watson Actress, UN Goodwill Ambassador

Violence Against Women and Call for UK Family Court Reform

"The devastating truth is that access to justice is simply not available for many victims of Domestic Violence, up and down the country, because of this Government’s changes to LEGAL AID. 

For victims who do make it to the family courts, the ordeal does not stop there. Survivors frequently report being re-traumatised in the family court room, with the perpetrator allowed to continue their abuse by manipulating the court process. Women are still routinely cross-examined in front of or even by the perpetrator in what can be a deeply traumatising process; and outside the courtroom, survivors can come face to face with the perpetrator.

Our justice system is designed to protect the perpetrator not the victim.

Gloria D Piero, Labour MP for Ashfield 18th July, 2018 Parliamentary Debate, Child First Campaign

Domestic Violence Bill - Latest News July 2018

What you tolerate you cannot change”

Mike Murdoch - Preacher and Author

#ChildFirst Campaign - Women's Aid 

Latest parliamentary transcript of the debate on domestic abuse and the family courts led by Jess Phillips MP, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 19 July 2018, can be viewed here https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-07-18/debates/FB94A1F2-10A5-4B4D-AC5A-6C9BECC3B611/DomesticAbuseVictimsAndFamilyCourts

 

LEGAL AID:

The consequences of LASPO

The cuts imposed by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment Offenders (LASPO) Act came into effect in 2013 with the aim of cutting the Legal Aid budget by £350 million in the area of family, immigration, welfare, benefits, employment and clinical negligence. The results for victims of Domestic Violence have been catastrophic with DV victims being forced with the choice to either represent themselves in court cases or stay in an abusive or violent relationship. 

Victims representing themselves has risen 147% since LASPO's introduction. 

We need a review and reform on Means-tested Legal Aid to make it more accessible to victims. Read the full report from 2014 here: The consequences of LASPO.

Videos - What is Domestic Violence?

Historical Videos on Emmeline Pankhurst & Suffragette The Movie

The #Metoo Movement, Ending Sexual Harrassment

Toxic Masculinity, The Man Box

The Female Face of Poverty and Financial Abuse Against Women