• Anthea Green

Sometimes, it takes a succession of linked events for a moment to become a movement.


The global pandemic has already disproportionately impacted women, leaving many to worry that 40 years of hard-won gains are being eroded. Now we find ourselves in March, traditionally a time to celebrate womenkind with International Women's Day and Mothering Sunday, and it's turning into a mensis horribilis for British women. A heinous act of violence towards one young Londoner spread fear and anger among millions. A subsequent vigil, a howl against violence towards women, dismally resulted in more violence inflicted upon women, this time by the police. Domestic abuse is far too familiar. A survey found almost all young women had at one point or another been sexually harassed, emphasising the point that although murder might be rare, groping, wolf-whistling and stalking certainly are not. Attempts to revive a rather toothless system for prosecuting rape in the UK apear to have failed. It goes without saying that all of this is offensive to Guardian readers, supporters, editors and journalists. We are for equality, for civil liberties, for mutual support and for the freedom for individuals to express themselves without fear of menace or molestation. What are we doing about it? We are writing about it. Marina Hyde wrote a heart-stopping column at the weekend about a very recent episode in her life. Gaby Hinsliff wrote for all women when considering the impact of the Sarah Everard killing. Helen Pidd reported on a particularly harrowing case of domestic violence. Lexy Topping has spearheaded coverage of pandemic inequality. Caelainn Barr has led the way in digging out the data pinpointing the collapse in rape prosecution rates. Lucy Campbell liveblogged the vigils and aftermath all weekend. The Observer launched a new series called simply "End Femicide". The Today in Focus podcast team weighed in, and readers were invited to have their say It's not enough - but we're only just getting started. We need revelations that will engender better laws. We need to encourage men to greater levels of empathy, awareness and solidarity. The equality revolution that accelerated through the final decades of the 20th century has stalled. Time to help it back into motion. * * * It’s no secret that we’ve been reading much more in lockdown. So our digital team has been busy assembling a delightful package of articles, interviews and reviews highlighting the best books of 2021. It’s available in our Digital Edition, meaning that everyone with a digital subscription can access it via the editions app. If you are not a digital subscriber but are a regular contributor (monthly or annual) instead, you could take out a 14-day free trial of our digital package to see what the fuss is all about. Thereafter, you might decide to stay with the digital sub or stick with your regular contribution: both are equally valid ways of supporting Guardian journalism... * * * A quick postscript: we are thrilled that one of our documentaries, the powerful and moving Colette, has been nominated for an Oscar — the Guardian’s second in three years after Black Sheep made the nomination list in 2019. You can watch the film here and read more about the news here. If it wins, we will have all our supporters to thank for its triumph. As well as the filmmakers, of course. * * * A second even quicker postscript. Jonathan Liew was named sports writer of the year at the British Sports Journalism Award. To see why he deserved the accolade, read this, his latest tour de force. Until next week Mark Rice-Oxley Executive editor, reader revenues The Guardian