Laura Bates | Feminist Activist and Writer

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Laura Bates is a feminist activist and writer.

She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and a bestselling author of many books, including Men Who Hate Women and Fix the System Not the Women. Her campaigning and advocacy work has seen Facebook change its policies on sexual violence, helped British Transport Police to transform its approach to sexual assaults, and contributed to putting consent and healthy relationships on the national curriculum.

Laura writes regularly for the Guardian, Telegraph, New York Times, Glamour and others. She is Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support and contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working to end rape as a weapon of war in conflict zones worldwide.

What one action would you like to see organisations, or the government take to drive gender equity?

I’d like to see a specialist rape and sexual offences unit in every police force in the country.