Two women from Salford spoke at a rally last night that called for misogyny to be classed as a hate crime in Greater Manchester.
Councillors, activists and students from Greater Manchester gathered to discuss the effect of misogyny and why it should be considered a hate crime.
Our movement to make Misogyny a Hate Crime in Greater Manchester is building and tonight we send a powerful message to @gmpolice @CCIanHopkins @DeputyMayorofGM to work with us to make our streets safer for women. Let’s do this together! #MisogynyISHate @CitizensUK @ManchesterSU pic.twitter.com/15si8Tkwkl
— Manchester Citizens (@GMCitizens) December 5, 2018
Jane Gregory, founder of the Salford Survivor Project said: “Victims of domestic violence are punished repeatedly while many offenders are left unpunished due to an inadequate system.”
Ms Gregory also spoke of the issues within the judicial system and how often domestic violence victims are not believed or supported.
Hatty Ruddick, a student at Salford University, said: “We need to lobby our MPs and councillors… we need to create policies that cause havoc in our organisations until the day we can feel safe being who we truly are because misogyny is hate.”
Ms Ruddick, 21, explained that she had experienced many examples of misogyny within crimes whilst living in Greater Manchester.
Devi Joshi, 20, a leading member of the campaign, said: “With hate crimes you get specific training so it would help train up police and it would counter quite a few conceptions of police as not being sympathetic and victim blaming.
Making it a hate crime will alleviate those problems in Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK.”