For over a decade, Charlotte has fearlessly promoted gender equality under the law. She has successfully spearheaded campaigns to change the law for women. Recognising that the law was historically built by men for men, she argues that the law needs to reflect women’s lived experiences. This requires activism and campaigning to change laws that do not work for women, such as de-criminalising abortion in Britain. Only be shining a light on injustice can we advance equality and gender justice.
Charlotte was instrumental in the criminalisation of forced marriage, virginity testing, hymenoplasty and child marriage. Alongside Girls Not Brides, Charlotte advocated increasing the age of marriage from 16 to 18 years old. She was at the forefront of introducing FGM Protection Orders, a novel legal remedy that protects victims at risk of FGM. As a barrister, Charlotte helped to draft legislation to change the law.
She is a legal advisor to Our Streets Now and Plan UK, a campaign to criminalise public sexual harassment and Bloody Good Period, which seeks to make period products freely available in Britain. Charlotte is an advisor to the Vagina Museum and ila, a start-up working to end violence against women and girls.
In partnership with Good Law Project, Charlotte is founder of Just Equalities, a campaign organisation that uses the law to protect and further the interests of women and girls. Just Equalities fights to change the law and to engage and educate others about their legal rights. The organisation challenges abuses of power, male violence, gender inequality and injustice.
Dr Proudman collaborates with: Women's Equality Party, Bloody Good Period, Conversations on consent, Our Streets Now, Plan UK, Good Law Project, Karma Nirvana, FORWARD and IKWRO.