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Abuse and Intimidation: Guidance for Candidates

Over 50 MPs stood down at the 2019 UK General Election, many saying this was at least in part due to abuse they had received. Women, in particular, suffer a disproportionate level of unacceptable behaviour.

Adeen (17) Dylan (15) and Layla (17) have collated these resources for candidates to help them if they have encountered abuse and intimidation both online and in real life. These students joined us for a week as part of a Speakers 4 Schools placement. 

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As the 2021 elections draw closer, The Jo Cox Foundation invites you to support our pledge for a respectful election campaign.

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Campaign: Make Misogyny A Hate Crime

“Misogyny is the soil in which violence against women grows” - Mel Jeffs, CEO Nottingham Women’s Centre

UPDATE: On the 17th March, following a debate in the House of Lords, the government conceded to direct police forces in England and Wales to record misogyny hate crime on an experimental basis. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign.


Case Study: Jo Cox Memorial Grants: Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)

Woman in front of group of men in community Jo Cox was a life-long humanitarian, dedicating her career to helping those less fortunate than herself. In honour of Jo's memory and her international legacy, the Department for International Development (DFID) – now the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – launched the Jo Cox Memorial Grants in March 2018. This £10 million UK Aid Direct fund supports organisations working all over the world on two themes: women’s social, economic and political empowerment and strengthening civil society to prevent violence. We are delighted to share this case study from the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), whose successful work in Uganda is leading to an increase in the participation and leadership of women in politics.

Blog: My work experience at the Jo Cox Foundation

Jessica, aged 18 from City and Islington College, joined The Jo Cox Foundation at the beginning of July in 2020 for a work experience placement with Speakers for Schools and through their S4SNextGen programme. Jessica has written a short account of her experience:



Joint Letter: The Government must respond to the unjustifiable seizure of power in Myanmar

We have joined Members of the UK Atrocity Prevention Working Group to call upon Her Majesty’s Government to act swiftly, comprehensively and with conviction in response to the unjustifiable seizure of power from Myanmar’s fragile democracy.

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The Jo Cox Foundation team bids farewell to CEO Catherine Anderson

CEO Catherine Anderson is moving on from The Jo Cox Foundation to become the new Executive Director of The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Statement: Global Civil Society on the impact of social media

We're pleased to have joined 30+ global organisations in calling on social media companies to take urgent action to protect human rights and democratic processes worldwide.

Statement: Response to the storming of US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters

The events in and around the Capitol last night were horrific and have been rightly condemned on both sides of the Atlantic by all those who abhor political violence, threats and intimidation in an attempt to subvert democracy.

Kim Leadbeater to receive MBE in New Year Honours

Our Ambassador and Jo Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, is to receive an MBE in the New Year Honours List, awarded for services to social cohesion, the community in Batley & Spen, West Yorkshire, and combatting loneliness during Covid-19