Northern Ireland, department of Justice, public consultation, child sexual abuse, law, “I would encourage everyone with an interest in protecting children to access the consultation.” Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice has just published a consultation which includes proposed measures to strengthen the law to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse where a child or young person is exploited, coerced or manipulated into engaging in sexual activity in return for something the child needs or wants and/or for the gain of those who perpetrate or facilitate the abuse. Leggi tutto
HEAL, Arnika, IPEN, report, toxic chemicals, recycled products, childrens' toys, European Union, UNSAFE: New EU rules allow toxic chemicals in children’s toys and other products made of recycled plastics.The European Parliament and Council decision on the reform of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation announced recently, and hailed as protective for health, will keep
End hunger in the UK, #FiveWeeksTooLong, Trussell Trust, foodbanks, campaign, Universal Credit should be fighting poverty, not forcing people to use food banks.Everyone who applies for Universal Credit has to wait at least five weeks for a first payment – and some people wait longer.This is leaving many people without enough money to cover the basics. Buying food, for
Treasury Select Committee, Women's Budget Group, 2019 budget, recommendation, include quantitative analysis, equalities impact, individual tax and welfare measuresAll public bodies are obliged to have ‘due regard’ to the impact of their policies on equality.The Women’s Budget Group has welcomed the recommendation from the Treasury Select Committee that the next budget should include ‘quantitative analysis of the equalities impact of individual tax and
Environmental Select Committee, fashion, report, Fixing fashion: a sustainability issue, modern slavery, Leicester, waste, Extended Producer Responsibility,A voluntary approach to improving the sustainability of the fashion industry is failing.The Environmental Audit Committee has called on the government to make fashion retailers take responsibility for the waste they create.A one penny ‘producer responsibility charge’ on each item of
Call the Midwife, backstreet abortion, BBC Action Line, letter, bpas, Royal College of Midwives, Family Planning Association, abortion information, legal abortion, NHSAbortion has been legal, in certain circumstances, in Great Britain for over 50 years.A group of healthcare bodies have published a letter to BBC Action Line asking Action Line to reverse its current stance on providing links to information about abortion following a recent episode of Call the
Non-Disclosure Agreements, NDA, campaign, petition, victims, null and void, sexual harassment,There are serious concerns around the use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual harassment.The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have encourage more and more people come forward, relating their shocking experiences of sexual harassment and assault.But perpetrators are exploiting the law to silence
fast fashion, British retailers, sustainability, ETI ACT, SCAP, Environmental Audit Committee, interim report, fall‘UK fashion retailers are failing to commit to reduce their environmental impact’.In autumn 2018 the Environmental Audit Committee wrote to sixteen leading UK fashion retailers, among them M&S, ASOS and Boohoo, asking what they were doing to reduce the environmental and social impact of the
ActionAid, research, adolescence, misogyny, harassment, Girls worry about sexual harassment ‘every day’.A new study has highlighted the prevalence of misogyny in young people’s everyday lives.It found that three quarters of young people have been exposed to negative or offensive attitudes towards women in the last six months and 65 per cent of
The National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish women, equality, report,Along with the recommendations the Council is also calling on everyone to act differently.The National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) was established in 2017 to advise Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on what was needed to tackle gender inequality in Scotland.Over the
protest, pension theft, unfair pensions, 50's women, Shoulder2Shoulder, roadside protest, hiviz jacket, every SaturdayOn your local ‘A’ road. Every Saturday.Shoulder2Shoulder have initiated this protest so that women can mobilise their friends, family and neignbours to develop local solidarity with everyone else who has paid into the National Insurance Fund in good faith, only to find out that governments have
petition, dick pics, Empower Project, Calling for social media platforms to take a zero tolerance approach towards perpetrators.Natasha Harpley started a petition recently calling on the UK Parliament, Twitter and Facebook to make it an offence for men to send unsolicited penis photos.She was sent an ‘unsolicited dick pic’, via
INQUEST, #LegalAidForInquests, campaign launch, petition, non means tested legal aid funding families, state-related death The Ministry of Justice has ‘disregarded the evidence and ignored the voices of bereaved families.’Following the decision by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to reject widely-supported proposals and overwhelming evidence for fair legal funding for bereaved people, rights groups, bereaved families
end surrogacy now, signatories, letter, United Nations, women's rights groups, feminist organisations, child's rights, trafficking, Womb rental – surrogacy – ‘is a serious violation of the rights and dignity of women and children’.The international statement calling for a global ban on womb rental (‘surrogacy’) released on 24 September 2018 and signed by hundreds of women’s human rights organisations from 18 countries –
UK government, arms exports, Saudi Arabia, House of Lords, Select Committee, civilian deaths, civilians injured, staravtion, humanitarian aid, Report finds UK arms exports ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’.The House of Lords International Relations Committee has said that it believes that the government is narrowly on the wrong side of international humanitarian law on arm sales to Saudi Arabia
National Audit Office, report, screening porgrammes, targets, cervical screening, breast screening, IT failures, HPVAnd all four of the screening programmes investigated failed to meet the ‘standard’ target.The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the proportion of eligible adults receiving health screening is inconsistent across different areas in England and that services are not operating to the
open letter, Home Secretary, Windrush scandal, BAME L4J, campaign, Windrush National Day of Actionstop deportations, ‘The inhumane practice of wholesale removal of people on charter flights must stop’.A number of British national and regional, black and ethnic minority lawyers, organisations, community groups and significant individuals, under the banner Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Lawyers 4 Justice
Liberty, critical report, helpline, military personnel, justice, Second-Rate JusticeNew report highlights failings in military criminal justice and complaints systems.Liberty has published a comprehensive report on the military justice system, revealing that the UK’s service men and women continue to be badly failed by the Armed Forces’ in-house policing and legal systems
Feminist UN Campaign, a 100-day agenda, six recommendations, report card, second year, Secretary General, progress, women's rights, UN and womenThe Feminist UN Campaign has released its second-year report card on Secretary-General António Guterres.In 2017, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), on behalf of the Feminist UN Campaign, released a report, Toward a More Feminist United Nations, articulating a broad vision
maternity discrimination, consultation, extending redundancy protection, new mothers, Mumsnet, BEIS, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination has absolutely no place in a fair and decent economy.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation seeking views on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents.This comes after research
Free Periods, period poverty, Amika George, crowdfunding, legal challenge, Parliament, England, Northern Ireland, In England and Northern Ireland there are still no policies in place.Amika George, founder of Free Periods and ‘period poverty’ activist, has announced a new legal campaign to provide free menstrual products to all schoolchildren.The Free Periods campaign, in partnership with the Red Box
Northern Ireland, department of health, abortion figures 2017/18, bpas, abortion rights, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish women must be able to access the care they need at home.Figures published this week by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health have shown that in 2017/18, just 12 abortions were performed in Northern Ireland – the lowest figure on record. In 2007/08, 47 terminations were
Listening to Lesbians, news media, help needed, reporting issues, silence, violence, harassment, media filter, salacious reportsWhen violence and harassment is reported to authorities and gets to the media it gets filtered. Listening to Lesbians mission is to report on violence and discrimination against lesbians globally.While this sounds like a simple task, assessing what Listening to Lesbians have been able to find
Labour Market Realities, Conservative government, stress, Brexit, low pay, job insecurityNew report looks at labour market realities.The second annual report from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies on the state of the UK labour market included a major worker survey which found that the cost of living gap is leading to longer working hours, stress and debt.And that Britain
Agenda, AVA, National Commission, domestic and sexual abuse, report, peer-researchers, lived experience, a place to go toThere was one very simple need: a place to escape to.Agenda and AVA recently launched Hand in Hand, a report by women with lived experience for the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage.The report is based on interviews by peer-researchers with other
Scottish Local Councils, pilot, Equally Safe at Work, violence against women, in the workplace, help employers, COSLA, Scottish GovernmentAddressing gender inequality in the workplace is a fundamental step in preventing violence against women.An innovative employer accreditation programme that aims to enable local government employers to advance gender equality and prevent violence against women was launched last month.‘Equally
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, joint inspection, reportt male sexual offenders, 15 recommendations,Management of sexual offenders ‘misses the mark’ and ‘must improve’.Significant improvements are needed to ensure sexual offenders are managed effectively in prison and in the community, according to a new report released recently.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty’s
UK school strike, strike 4 climate, #FridaysforFuture, protest, government inaction, climate crisis, water crisis, extinction, Greta Thunberg‘Our final chance to fight for our future’.On Friday 15 February students across the UK will be striking to protest the lack of government action being taken to combat the climate crisis.School students in more than 38 locations across the UK have confirmed they are planning action and
cervix, cervical cancer, smear test, HPV, video, what happens, Cervical cancer currently claims two lives every day in the UK.Almost half of women (44.2 per cent) questioned in a recent survey were unaware what a cervix is, and were unable to correctly identify it as the neck of the womb (uterus).And one in six could not name a single function of the
#ThisIsWhatASteministLooksLike, Equate Scotland, women in STEM subjects, photo, campign, diversity,Join the campaign to tackle negative gender stereotypes and champion diversity.It is estimated that only 25 per cent of people in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM – sector are women.This a waste of both talent and opportunity.The jobs of the future will require
online sexual abuse, children, livestreaming apps, coercion, blackmail, webcams, tablets, mobile phones, Internet Watch FoundationGreater awareness of online child sexual abuse using live-streaming apps is needed.A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile
We Paid In You Pay Out, women's pension rights, 50's women, men, Pension Credit, changes, May 2019Increasing women’s pension age has hit men and women alike.By Trudy Baddams from We Paid In You Pay Out.Men, for many years, could claim Pension Credit at 60.Pension Credit, although means-tested, had no conditionality attached to it; it was there to help those over 60 who were on a low
#EndFGM, female genital mutilation, amend the Children Act, the Pink Protest, Nimco AliThere is no legal protection for a child who is at risk of undergoing this kind of violence.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the alteration or removal of a girl’s external genitalia, meaning the labia and the clitoris, for non-medical reasons.This extreme form of violence against women can
RSA, collection of essays, women and work, a double whammy, automation, austerity, job losses,“The evidence is stacking up that women are being left behind in the new economy.”Almost 400,000 jobs held by women in the public sector, banking and retail have been lost since 2011, fresh research has found, while best paid new jobs are going to menAccording to figures from the Royal