The Jo Cox Foundation is excited to support Safer Internet Day this year, joining hundreds of others to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
Through our work in building a better public life, free from abuse and intimidation, we continuously witness the harm that the negative use of the internet can have. While we celebrate the progress of digital technology - with open access to knowledge, debate and discussion - we cannot ignore the fact that the internet has become an increasingly toxic space in which polarised views and hate speech can proliferate.
Jo Cox recognised that loneliness can affect anyone, from the elderly to new mums, or refugees to the recently bereaved. The scale of the issue is huge, with a landmark report commissioned by the British Red Cross and The Co-op in 2016 finding that over 9 million people are affected by loneliness in the UK.
This year, we took part in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
This campaign touched on some key aspects of The Jo Cox Foundation's work, primarily our efforts to build a better public life by tackling intimidation and abuse; a significant barrier to women’s political participation. Jo was passionate about women's participation in politics, she said: "If women don’t make that 50/50 then the people taking decisions about our communities are never going to be reflective of the needs"
This campaign is also relevant to our work to champion Jo's humanitarian legacy and build a fairer world in her honour. Jo was a staunch advocate of an ethical foreign policy and committed to the protection of civilians in conflict, inspired by her experiences supporting the world's most vulnerable women throughout her international development career.
Guest Blog by Dr Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director of Protection Approaches
In October I flew to Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic. The reason for my trip to Bangui was as part of an international training team let by the Auschwitz Insititute for Peace & Reconciliation, to work with Central African Republic’s new National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, and All Forms of Discrimination. It’s a mouthful, but the name does explain the group's urgent and enormous objective.
Annual Jo Cox Memorial Lecture
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The University of Cambridge Department of Sociology and Murray Edwards College hosted this annual memorial lecture to honour the memory of Jo Cox MP, on the 27th November 2019.
The Jo Cox Foundation and the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) call on all candidates to pledge to a respectful election campaign.
All the candidates standing in the former constituency of murdered MP Jo Cox have become the first to sign a pledge for a respectful election campaign.
We are very sad to hear of the death of James Le Mesurier, co-founder of the White Helmets and Director of May Day Rescue. James was a close and valued friend to Jo’s family, friends and Foundation and his support ensured that Jo’s passionate work to protect civilians in Syria continued in her memory.
In recent days, the Foundation has been asked to clarify its relationship with the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme.
The Foundation is pleased to see the Intimidation in Public Life Early Day Motion tabled with cross-party support this week.