Mumsnet campaigns: the story so far
From rape awareness to miscarriage care, and from libel reform to legal aid changes, Mumsnet members have powered some influential and successful campaigns over the years. Here are some of our highlights
Since our campaign was relaunched in 2011 with a five-point code of care, we have: contributed to the renaming of the surgical procedure SMM (surgical management of miscarriage), previously known as ERPC (evacuation of the retained products of conception) - a term which many women and their partners found upsetting and insensitive; carried out a Freedom of Information exercise, which indicated that most hospital trusts are fulfilling many of the points of our Code of Care (although there is still some way to go); worked with individual hospital trusts, local authorities and MPs to improve care in local areas; and contributed to the new NICE guidelines on ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.
Our campaign to ask retailers not to sell clothes that play upon, emphasise or exploit young girls' sexuality was another instant success, with retailers including BHS, Sainsbury's, Primark, Matalan, George at Asda, Tesco, Next, Boots, Clarks, Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Boden, Sweetling Bras and Mothercare all signing up. Following this Mumsnet was asked to contribute to the Bailey Review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, and we continue to contribute to the Bailey process.
Our 'Lads' mags: out of children's sight' campaign asked major retailers to keep magazines with overtly sexualised cover images out of children's eyelines in shops. It was hugely successful and gathered almost instant support from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda, Morrison's, BP, Tesco and the Co-Op Group.
Originally generated from a series of threads which sparked huge interest from users, our We Believe You campaign aims to challenge rape myths and change a culture in which women are reluctant to report sexual assaults. It has been a great success on social media, with both the #webelieveyou and #ididnotreport hashtags seeing huge levels of activity as women (and some men) used them to explore the issue. We continue to work on this campaign alongside our partners End Violence Against Women, Rape Crisis England and Wales and Barnardo's.
Mumsnet is a member of the Libel Reform Campaign. The campaign has led to a draft Defamation Bill, currently going through Parliament, and - while the Libel Reform Campaign has some concerns about aspects of the bill - the bill and the debate surrounding it have contributed to the first wholesale reform of libel statute in a generation.
Mumsnet has lobbied actively on the aspects of the bill dealing with online publication, contributing written and oral evidence to Parliament to explain the particular difficulties faced by sites carrying user-generated content, and the importance and value of user anonymity in the face of a determined anti-anonymity drive by some Parliamentarians.
Mumsnet was a member of the Sound Off For Justice coalition, which called for amendments to the governments proposed changes to legal aid. As a result of successful lobbying on the issue, the government made last-minute concessions on legal aid support for people in abusive relationships.
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