Julie Bindel is a journalist, author and feminist activist who has campaigned against male violence against women and girls since the age of 17. She has written extensively on rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking and the rise of religious fundamentalism and its harm to women and girls.

In 2007, Bindel broke the story of the grooming gangs in towns and cities across the north of England, which led to an independent inquiry in 2013 into child sexual abuse in Rotherham. In 1990, Bindel co-founded Justice for Women, an organisation that supports, and advocates on behalf of, women who have been convicted of murder, when they have killed in circumstances of resisting male violence and abuse. Bindel is the author of Straight Expectations and The Pimping of Prostitution; she is also the co-author of Exiting Prostitution and The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphrey, and has written numerous book chapters on violence against women, sexuality, gender and feminism.

Julie's latest book, Feminism for Women: The Real Route to Liberation, is published by Little, Brown and out on 2 September.

Mark Grey