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.
Charlotte has changed the law to better protect women.
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.
Founder, Right to Equality
Charlotte established Right to Equality, a not-for-profit organisation that uses the law to protect and further the interests of women and girls. They campaign to change the presumption of child contact with an abusive parent, challenge judicial sexism and bias, de-criminalise abortion, criminalise sexual harassment and sex for rent.
"[Charlotte] has worked with many survivors and victims of domestic abuse, taking their cases to appeal and being successful when she does so, which shows that there is a problem. Her dedication to those mothers has brought hope to many women and survivors of domestic abuse, but it should not take going to appeal or having a barrister take a case to appeal, or overturning those cases, to expose the problems in the family courts."
- Anna McMorrin, Labour MP
Charlotte is a legal advisor to Our Streets Now and Plan UK, a campaign to criminalise public sexual harassment and DAME, a company making period products. Charlotte is an advisor to Safe Lives, encouraging the training of lawyers in the family courts about domestic abuse and ila, a start-up working to end violence against women and girls. She also serves as an advisor for The Vavengers to support FGM survivors with Baroness Boycott.