Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and has written extensively on rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking, and the rise of religious fundamentalism and its harm to women and girls.
Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics relating violence and abuse of women and girls. She writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, the New Statesman, Truthdig, the Sunday Telegraph and Standpoint magazines, and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. Julie was Visiting Journalist at Brunel University (2013 - 2014) and Visiting Researcher at Lincoln University (2014 - 17). Julie’s book on the state of the lesbian and gay movement in the UK (Guardian books, 2014) has been praised for being thought-provoking and challenging.
Julie’s forthcoming book, is entitled, The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth, is a detailed examination of the global ‘sex workers’ rights’ movement and how the ‘happy hooker’ narrative has come to shape our perceptions - including many women involved in prostitution - of what is misleadingly named as ‘the oldest profession’. In it, she examines the situation in the UK, Netherlands, the Nordic region, Germany, South Africa, East Africa, North America, South America, France, New Zealand and Australia, South Korea, Turkey and India.
Julie is co-founder of Justice for Women, set up in 1990 in response to cases of spousal homicide in which men killed their female partners and were given sympathy and understanding by judges and jurors, in contrast to women who killed their male partners or ex-partners after suffering domestic violence and abuse, and were punished disproportionately by the criminal justice system.
In 2015 Julie became a board member of SPACE International, a global organisation seeking abolition of the sex trade, with members (sex trade survivors) from countries and states worldwide.
Please see below for more information on organisations and groups that Julie is affiliated with.
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justice for women
Justice for Women is a feminist campaigning organisation that supports, and advocates on behalf of, women who have been convicted of murder, when they have killed in circumstances of resisting male violence and abuse.
Established in 1990, they have been involved in a number of significant cases at the Court of Appeal that have resulted in women's original murder convictions being overturned, including Sara Thornton, Emma Humphreys, Kiranjit Ahluwahlia and most recently Stacey Hyde.
SPACE stands for ‘Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment’. We call for enlightenment because before we can expect social change, prostitution must be recognised for the abuse that it is. SPACE is committed both to raising the public’s consciousness of the harm of prostitution and to lobbying governments to do something about it.
SPACE is an international organisation, formed to give voice to women who have survived the abusive reality of prostitution. SPACE includes members from France, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Canada, the US and the UK. We press for political recognition of prostitution as sexually abusive exploitation, and, as a response, for criminalisation of the demand for paid sex. We advocate for the implementation of the Nordic Model, which decriminalises prostituted persons, criminalises those who buy them, and provides viable exit strategies including education and training.
Emma Humprheys Memorial Prize
Emma was a writer, campaigner and survivor of male violence who fought an historic struggle to overturn a murder conviction in 1995, supported by Justice for Women and other feminist campaigners. The annual prize of £1,000 is awarded to an individual woman who has, through writing or campaigning, raised awareness of violence against women and children. Alongside the individual prize, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize judges choose the recipient of a group award, established to recognise the unsung work done by many women's groups and organisations. This award marks the outstanding contribution of women's organisations who work in this embattled area and whose creativity and resourcefulness have resulted in developments that combat the prevalence of male violence. Starting in 2009, a prize is also awarded every two years to an international women's group. The awards aim to provide recognition for work against violence and to bring it to the attention of a wider public.
CENTRE FOR WOMEN'S JUSTICE
The Centre for Women’s Justice is a new charity, founded in 2016. We aim to bring together specialist lawyers, academics and other experts in the field of violence against women, with those working on the frontline as activists, survivors and service providers to bring strategic law challenges and ensure access to justice for victims of male violence. By connecting these specialist areas we hope to better monitor the challenges on the ground and identify particular cases to take forward. We hope to access the expertise of a range of experts to enhance our arguments and evidence base and have maximum impact. By networking across the jurisdiction of England and Wales, through publicity and training we aim to ensure that all those who require access to good lawyers in this area can get connected.
STOP SURROGACY NOW
Stop Surrogacy Now brings together a worldwide, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse group opposed to the exploitation of women and the human trafficking of children through surrogacy.
We are women and men of diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds from all regions of the world. The initial signers include more than 100 individuals and 16 organizations from 18 countries who come together to voice our shared concern for women and children who are exploited through surrogacy contract pregnancy arrangements.
coalition against trafficking in women
CATW is a non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide. CATW is the world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally and is the world’s leading abolitionist organization. A unique strength of CATW is that we engage in advocacy, education, victim services and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and North America, including in the United States.