Our public challenge of Polly Neate, CEO, Women’s Aid… and her response

Yesterday we issued a public challenge to Polly Neate, CEO of Women’s Aid, to retract seven lies and/or misleading statements made by a Women’s Aid spokeswoman in a recent online discussion. She treated the challenge with utter contempt. Our email exchange has been added to the end of our challenge document.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • haven’t studied it in detail but look forward to doing so. Looks like a good piece of work Mike.


  • Absolutely Superb, Mike.
    I also read through the comments in Ally Fogg’s recent blog post (and the responses from the likes of Carnation and Flighty Moth!). Intriguing.
    You have put such a lot of work and effort/research into this Challenge and ought to be commended highly for that. Kudos.
    I specifically liked the final section when you mentioned that men are concerned – with good reason – that, should they leave a family home, the children may be in more danger.
    I’m hoping this won’t be lost upon Ms Neate, whose previous position was within the charity “Action for Children”.
    As we are all aware now, confirmed in almost all studies and research, that children appear to be in enhanced danger from abuse when left alone with a “single” mother, either alone or with her new partner. I’ve recently read that 91% of child abuse is perpetrated by a female, either alone or with complicity of a male.
    Females acting alone abuse or kill children and babies at least twice as often as males acting alone.
    Considering these facts – as opposed to the myths peddled – it was somewhat bewildering that my initial search upon Action for Children appears to have entirely missed the opportunity to challenge – or even focus upon – that major cause of abuse initiated upon the very children it is championing.
    Perhaps Ms Neate’s leadership strengths aren’t based on sound reasoning and critical analysis but rather upon whatever is required to provide the funds?
    The response to your latest challenge should be very interesting.

  • Exellent piece of work. It’s also a useful fact sheet for anyone wanting to bring the latest research to their local authority or police and crime commissioner.Particularly when they are doing Equality Impact Assesments on commissioning services. As you clearly show it is simply not the case that the basic facts are not known or that old data is all we have. There is contemporary data from the ONS and plenty of more detailed research from UCLAN’s unit on violence and other psychology Depts. That this is ignored by “professionals” working in supposedly charitable organisations is revealing . What it shows is the deliberate mis information and obfuscation from Women’s Aid . Especially the national office.

    • nrjnigel I fully agree. We ought to ensue our legislators are fully aware of the type of organisation that they are funding. To this extent I have forwarded Mike’s document, with supporting comments, to my own MSP whose administration has ringfenced taxpayer funding to Women’s Aid and are readily accepting their advice on all things pertaining to Domestic Violence. .

      • Thank you AlanBowker. It can appear an uphill battle. But unless people do as you have done , the two entrenched giants (REFUGE and WomensAid) will have ,un challenged, the ear of those in power. Love or loath them elected and paid officials are busy people. They won’t go looking for better info so we have to push it in front of them.

      • Nigel, I have to disagree with you on this one. Elected and paid officials aren’t busy people, they’re lazy people. And it’s easier for them to go along with the establishment feminist line of advantaging women and girls, and disadvantaging men and boys. This is a train which only goes in that direction, and has no reverse gear. I presented evidence to House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries (for Campaign for Merit in Business) showing that increasing female representation on boards led to corporate financial decline, and not even the Tory MPs and peers took the slightest notice. The threat is currently to the FTSE100 – legislated gender quotas in 2015 if they haven’t met 25% female representation on their boards by then. Presented with overwhelming evidence about the impact of increasing the proportion on boards, the government has stated its intention to bully the FTSE350, and raise the gender quota to 50%. Factual arguments have no role to play in this war, sadly – at least not at this stage.

  • vadark

    Excellent work, Mike!

  • Well Mike I’d say your example and tenacity shows that though the fight may seem impossible and change glacial in pace, there are more and more taking the “red pill”. I always take heart from this site, the quote up top from Ghandi and the bravery of men and women like you facing the sacred cow of the day. Have a good conference in Detroit.

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