Being young does not make you less in need of safe and secure housing. The government’s housing benefit policy is forcing under-35s into unsafe and inadequate housing that puts many young women at risk, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton, published with the Young Women’s Trust. Housing benefit rates discriminate against under-35s, forcing them to live in cheaper – and often dilapidated – shared accommodation, usually with strangers. Leggi tutto
“These changes ensure that the needs of female detainees are addressed.”The Home Office has announced that it is set to ensure all menstruating women, and others with personal health and hygiene needs, are ‘treated with dignity’ while in custody.Police forces will have to ask female detainees
“Bereavement due to suicide of a parent has affected more children recently.”The National Association of Head Teachers, the school leaders’ union, and the Child Poverty Action Group have written to all English MPs to appeal to them to take more urgent action to bring child poverty to an
fast fashion, pollution, UN campaign launch, 2019 UN Environment Assembly,UNCTAD, UNEP, UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion‘Retailers and consumers will have to reject the “take, make and dispose” model.’It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans, equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years.That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge
Independent Office for Police Conduct, campaign launch, National Stalking Week, press 55, silent 999, the Silent Solution system, police, Kerry Power, murder, People either do not know about the Silent Solution system or do not understand how it works. A national campaign to raise awareness of a system to help people in imminent danger but unable to speak to alert police has been launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Leggi tutto
INQUEST, Annabella Landsberg, HMP Peterborough, serious failingsIn the past ten years, ten women have died in HMP Peterborough.The inquest into the death of Annabella Landsberg, who was 45 and had Type 2 diabetes, has concluded, finding a catalogue of serious failures in HMP Peterborough, a private prison run by Sodexo.After two weeks of evidence, the
Women's Aid, report, Mothers' Day 2019, The Domestic Abuse Report 2019, the annual audit, funding cuts, pregnant women, mothers with children, lack of space, Council of Europe recommendations“We want to shift the focus back onto supporting mothers to help families escape domestic abuse.”Nearly 60 per cent of survivors accessing domestic abuse support services have children and 1 in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report released by Women’s Aid to coincide with Mother’s Day
report, Triple whammy – the impact of local government cuts on Women, the Women’s Budget Group, local government cuts, central government spending, women's lives, ‘The network of local government services vital to women’s lives has been torn apart’.Cuts to funding for local government have created a crisis which has hit women hardest, according to a report launched by the Women’s Budget Group recently.The report, Triple whammy – the impact of local
#BirthStrike, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, UN, IPCC report, greenhouse gases, environmental collapse, government inaction, no children“We’re already at tipping point and I can’t see a safe world for children.”BirthStrike is a new solidarity group – and a platform – for those who have decided to not to bear children because of the recent predictions of climate breakdown.A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Centre for Women's Justice, super-complaint, HMIPFRS, police, not protecting women, ‘There is a systemic failure to meet the state’s duty to safeguard a highly vulnerable section of the population.’The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has submitted a super-complaint which accuses the police of a “systemic failure” to protect a “highly vulnerable section” of the population to a
Scottish Womens Aid, Laura Dodsworth, consultation, new protective orders, Scottish Government, domestic abuse, This approach would mean the person at risk would not have to make the application to the court themselves.On 21 December 2018 the Scottish Government opened a consultation on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse.The consultation was set up to seek views on proposals to
Birth Strike, book, The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work, women's rights, abortion rights, USA, campaignThe book is one element of a broader campaign for women’s reproductive rights.Feminists generally believe that a prudish religious bloc is responsible for the protracted fight over reproductive freedom in the USA, and that politicians only attack abortion and birth control to appeal to those
“Significant legislative developments have driven these most recent changes to the Protocol.”Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and Police Scotland have published the -revised – 5th edition of their 15-page Joint Protocol on Domestic Abuse.It outlines the procedures, Easter break We are off until next week. There’s loads to read and lots of campaigns to support here. And there’s our Facebook page too – to like and share… Hope you have a lovely weekend. Leggi tutto
UNFPA, Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem, International Conference on Population and Development, family planning, safe pregnancy and childbirth services, Sustainable Development Goals, women's reproductive rights, declaration agreed, UN, New York, “No woman should die giving life.”Ministers and representatives of governments have unanimously adopted a political declaration reaffirming support for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which established that reproductive health
campaign successes, marriage certificates, mothers' names, civil partnerships, different sex partners, civil marriage, #ADateToCelebrateTwo campaign victories to celebrate.After a petition set up by Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler calling for mothers’ names to be on marriage certificates alongside fathers’ names raised 70,000 signatures – in 2014 – David Cameron announced that he had instructed the Home Office to address the inequality
Gender pay gap guidance, gender pay gap reporting, revision needed, letter, Penny Mordaunt, Women's Place UK, motherhood penalty, sexual harassment at work, self-identified gender, Research attributes much of the gender pay gap to a ‘motherhood penalty’.Woman’s Place UK (WPUK) has written to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt MP, asking her to revise guidance for employers which states that they should report on their gender pay gap based on their
Scotland, new, Domestic Abuse law, 1 April 2019, psychological and emotional abuse, children, prison sentence, This new law is “a clear warning to abusers”.Scotland’s long-awaited Domestic Abuse law came into effect on 1 April 2019.And it means that forms of psychological and emotional violence are – at last – to be a crime in Scotland.It means that a person who engages in a pattern of abusive
Undercover Police Inquiry, Sir John Mitting, police spies, public inquiry, failings, open letter, Javid, women, deceived, long-term intimate relationships, undercover police officersCall for support for Chair of the public inquiry into undercover policing.Wearing masks to protect their anonymity and #Spycops #MeToo T-shirts, women deceived into long-term intimate relationships by undercover police officers visited the Home Office earlier this week.They handed over 6,000
Southall Black Sisters, the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, #ProtectionForAll, campaign,Istanbul Convention, include migrant women, Domestic Abuse BillProtection from abuse and torture is a human right; it must not be dependent on visa status.Southall Black Sisters and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting in the House of Commons recently to urgently discuss the failure of the Domestic Abuse Bill to
House of Lords, reform, government response, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Burns Report, size of upper chamberIt seems that reforms to the House of Lords are unlikely to be implemented in this Parliament.In November 2018 the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) published a report with the title ‘A Smaller House of Lords’ in which it recommended that the government reduce
HSE, Health and Safety Executive conference, occupational cancers, breast cancer, protest, Hazards Campaign, the Alliance for Cancer Prevention, , Tackling occupational cancer should mean preventing it, not taking a ‘3 monkeys’ approach.Campaigners against occupational and environmental cancer held a photo op outside the British Library and the Health and Safety Executive conference on Tackling Occupational Diseases last week – and left
Royal College of General Practitioners, abortion rights, decriminalisation of abortion, medical regulatory frameworks, criminal justice system“It places the rights of women and girls front and centre on the issue of abortion care in the UK.”The Royal College of General Practitioners’ UK Council has passed a motion to support the decriminalisation of abortion, saying that the procedure should be governed by medical regulatory
The government needs to set out a clear framework and timeline to address the breaches of women’s rights in Northern Ireland.The Women and Equalities Committee published its report on abortion law in Northern Ireland recently.The report said that the absence of an Executive in Northern
Migrant Voice, GPs, NHS, migrants, right to healthcare, access denied, cancer, miscarrying,Too many people in this country are unable to access the healthcare they are entitled to.Editorial from Migrant Voice.Anyone resident in the UK is allowed to register with and to see a GP, but many migrants face discrimination, ignorance and a slammed door when they try to access this basic
new map, women in politics, ministers, UNWomen, Inter-Parliamentary Union, But the overwhelming majority of government leaders remain male.Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to rise slowly, with slight improvements since 2017, according to the data presented in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women’s map of Women in Politics.The
petition, revoke Article 50, debate, Parliament, 1 April 2019, watch the debate“…failing to deliver Brexit would cause “potentially irreparable damage to public trust”.Over 5 million people signed a petition recently calling on the UK government to revoke Article 50 and for the UK to remain in the European Union.The government’s response, via the Department for Exiting
Lady Dorrian, review, develop new proposals, management, sexual offences, dealt with, Scottish criminal justice systemAction on improving rape survivors experience of the justice system “necessary and urgent”.A judicially led review, chaired by Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk, and the second most senior judge in Scotland, has been announced that aims to develop new proposals for how sexual offences are dealt
Scotland, action plan, gender pay gap, Gender Pay Gap Action Plan, Nicola Sturgeon, 50 actions, “A historic landmark in our march to achieving gender equality and closing the gender pay gap.”Steps to tackle gender discrimination and inequalities in the workplace were set out earlier this month with the release of the Scottish Government’s first Gender Pay Gap Action Plan.The gender pay
Royal Assent, Stalking Protection Bill, Stalking Protection Order, police, tackle ‘stranger stalking’, A new civil order that will help protect victims of stalking received Royal Assent earlier this month.Part of the government’s wider commitments to tackle violence against women and girls, the Stalking Protection Bill will see the introduction of new Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) – a civil
Home Affairs Committee, report, Home Office, failures, Indefinate Detention, 28-day limit, conclusions and recomendations,‘Lengthy immigration detention is unnecessary, inhumane and causes harm’.The Home Office ‘has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention’ and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs
letter to Mike Hancock, report, GP registration issues, mystery shopper report, NHS guidelines, healthcare, Travellers, Romany Gypsies, homeless people, no address, register with GPsWe need to ensure that nobody is ever wrongfully denied access to healthcare again.National charity Friends Families and Travellers have released the findings of a mystery shopping exercise in which they contacted 50 GP practices posing as a patient wishing to register who didn’t have a fixed, holiday, March 15 We are off on holiday for a week. There’s loads to read and lots of campaigns to support here. And there’s our Facebook page too – to like and share… Thanks for your company so far. Back on 15 March. Leggi tutto
Bloody Big Brunch, period poverty, Bloody Marys, Penny Morduant, taskforce, 2030, “There is no excuse not to act now.”Bloody Big Brunch is one novel way to address period poverty; campaigners travel the UK hosting brunches, handing out Bloody Marys.There’s just one string attached. You need to pay with period products.All proceeds are then donated to a range of