Southall Black Sisters, legal challenge, UK government, failure, accomodation, women, domestic abuse, lockdown, COVID-19, campaign letter, email, Priti Patel, £2million, not received, Robert Jenrick The government’s purported proposals ‘do not constitute a crisis response’. The Public Interest Law Centre and Southall Black Sisters have launched a legal challenge to the government’s failure to provide funding for accommodation for domestic abuse survivors during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Leggi tutto
Plan International UK, new survey, locdown, girls, exercise, walking, catcalls, harassment, indecent exposure, safety issues,We need to send a clear message that street harassment is not okay.One in 5 girls (19 per cent) have experienced street harassment during lockdown, a new survey by global children’s charity Plan International UK has revealed.As the UK comes to the end of its 6th week in lockdown, the poll of
Resolution Foundation, report, Risky business, women, health risks, low-paid, young people, lost jobs,COVID-19, need focusWomen are most likely bearing the biggest health risks from the coronavirus crisis.Working women are most likely to be bearing the health risks from coronavirus by being key workers, while young people and the low-paid are most likely to work in sectors of the economy that have been shut down
letter, The Guardian, womens' rights roups, anti-poverty campaigners, religious leaders, Universal Credit, end two-child limit, end benefit cap, COVID-19, Coronavirus, End the two-child limit and the benefit cap: they are ‘arbitrary and unfair’.In a letter in The Guardian newspaper, published on 21 April, 50 campaigners – women’s rights groups, anti-poverty groups, Trade Union leaders, and religious leaders – have called for the government to end Universal
one-minute silence,28 April 2020, 11am, in memory, thanks, NHS staff, frontline workers, death, COVIS-19, RCN, RCM, UNISON, NursingNotesWe are all very grateful to all the frontline staff in health and social care.A one-minute silence for the frontline health and social care workers lost to the Coronavirus has been scheduled for 28 April.The minute’s silence, which coincides with International Workers’ Memorial Day, will
raise child benefits, end two-child limit, Coronavirus crisis, families in poverty, letter, Rishi Sunak, social policy academicsEase the pressing burdens families are experiencing in these unprecedented times.With millions of families facing a catastrophic loss of income due to the coronavirus, 85 leading social policy academics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and universities throughout the UK, have signed a
FSRH, advice, prescriptions, contraception, COVID-19, Coronavirus, locdown, social distancing“Women must be able to access safe and effective contraception during the COVID-19 outbreak.”The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has just issued advice for women who need to get a new or repeat prescription for contraception.Because of the social distancing rules
Coronavirus, joint call, HSE, CBI, TUC, workers safety, Public Health England guidance‘The health and safety of workers remains paramount.’The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have issued an unprecedented joint call for employers to ensure safe working conditions for their staff during the ongoing
RCOG, FSHC, Alliance for Choice, abortion, Northern Ireland, COVID-19, petition, two pills, home medication, proper contraception, CEDAW“Allowing home use will avoid unnecessary and risky visits to healthcare facilities.”The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) are calling on Northern Ireland’s health minister, Robin Swann, to temporarily permit
GMB, trade union, care workers, protective clothing, PPE, sick pay, Jeremy Corbyn, letter, Borish Johnson, The UK’s sick pay system is “manifestly inadequate”.The GMB, ‘the trade union for everyone’, has warned that the UK’s care system is in danger of “total collapse” because of the coronavirus health crisis, and has issued five demands to the government to support care workers.The GMB has
COVID-19, sick pay, discrimination, women, BAME workers, low pay, letter, government, IWGB, We “cannot stand by while our members are exposed to unnecessary risk or driven into destitution.”The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is taking legal action against the government over its failure to protect the wages and jobs of millions of workers during the Covid-19
Political Declaration, adopted, by Member States,CSW64, women's rights, UNWomen, UN Secretary General, reportLeaders also identified specific means for tackling the gaps and challenges.In a Political Declaration adopted by Member States commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing
WILPF, open letter, #FundHealthcareNotWarfare,Covid-19 is a deadly reminder that armed force cannot make us safe.Nineteen charities and NGOs have called for the billions of pounds currently spent on the UK’s armed force to be used instead to tackle Covid-19 and related problems.In an open letter, they said that ‘defence’ and ‘security’
open letter, Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, Employment Tribunal, harassment, discrimination cases, extension, 3 to 6 months, coronavirus, COVID-19It is essential that the time limits in discrimination and harassment cases are extended as a matter of urgency.Heads of more than 20 organisations have written to the government to call for the temporary extension of time limits for harassment and discrimination claims to the Employment
women's charities, letter, Rishi Sunak, urgent funding, domestic abuse victims, sexual abuse victims, lockdown, killings“How many more deaths must we see before the government wakes up to this new reality?”Hotels and over 30 charities have issued a joint call to the government to help women and children escape abuse, as statistics suggest the rates are rising.Women’s charities are concerned that during the
National Stalking Week, COVID-19, cyberstalking, working from home, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, “Stalking victims need support as much as ever and we want to reiterate our message that we are here to support you.”Approximately 1.5 million people in England and Wales are victims of stalking every year. And stalking can have devastating consequences: Alice Ruggles and Shana Grice were
Pro Bono Economics, report, women's unpaid work, gender pay gap, Caroline Criado Perez, after lockdownBefore the lockdown, the UK’s women were underpaid by £126 billion.What can we expect when the world wakes up again?In the post-pandemic world of work, might we return to something better than normal by closing the gender gaps that have prevailed over the last half century? This is the big
Home Office Affairs Committee, domestic abuse, risks of harm, added, inquiry, Home Office, preparedness, pandemic, COVID-19, CoronavirusPlease submit your evidence by 12 noon on 21 April 2020.The Home Affairs Committee has issued a further call for evidence to inform their inquiry into Home Office preparedness for COVID-19 in addition to the topics announced on 3 March 2020.The Committee is now inviting submissions on
joint statement, seven unions, health and social care, personal protective equipment, PPE, shortage, RCM, CSP, BDA, Unite, GMG, TUC, govenrment ministers, warningStaff are being exposed to unreasonable and unnecessary risk by the ongoing failure.The heads of seven of Britain’s health and social care unions have warned ministers that the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care workers faced with tackling Covid-19 is a
Step Up Migrant Women coalition, domestic abuse, immigration, COVID-19, lock-down, NHS charging, No Recourse to Public Funds, helpEnsure victims are treated as victims first: prioritise safety before immigration status.More than 20 BME specialist frontline services, migrant and human rights organisations have written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, calling for emergency support to help migrant victims of domestic
Women and Equalities Committee, inquiry, government policy, COVID-19, effects of policy, women, protected characteristics, collecting evidenceWe need to understand the present and future effect on those who may already be marginalised.The Women and Equalities Committee wants to hear about the different and disproportionate impact that the Coronavirus – and the measures being taken to tackle it – is having on people with protected
police forces, policing colleagues, domestic abuse, sexual offences, Centre for Women's Justice, CWJ, super complaint, Police InspectorateLoyalty towards fellow officers may be getting in the way of justice for women who report abuse.The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has submitted a super-complaint to The Police Inspectorate highlighting systemic failures women are experiencing when reporting domestic abuse perpetrated by
seven Nolan Principles, public office, open letter, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, High standards ‘should be not only consistently observed but also demonstrably valued’.In September 2019 the Committee on Standards in Public Life published an open letter to all public office holders on the importance of maintaining high standards and of implementing the seven Nolan
Women and Equalities Committee, inquiry, body image, How does negative body image affect different people?The Women and Equalities Committee wants to hear from a range of people and organisations on what causes poor body image and how people’s body image is impacted by companies, advertisements, social media and government policy.Awareness of
Fawcett Society, 60 charities, women's rights, #MakeWomenVisible, COVID-19, government repsonseAnd asking the government to pay proper attention to what women need.Over 60 charities have come together to call for immediate action from the UK government to properly support women and girls during the COVID-19 outbreak.Existing inequalities mean that women are set to be disproportionately
LabourList, Lola McEvoy, carers, pay, undervalued, underpotected, PPEWe need to dramatically reform this sector.By Lola McEvoyThe army of key workers in social care make up one of the largest low-paid workforces in the UK.Despite their essential role, over a million people work long shifts, performing emotionally and physically draining tasks, for poor
Women's Budget Group, briefing, COVID-19, impact, women,There will be additional challenges for women and women’s services.The Women’s Budget Group (WBG) has produced a briefing that sets out the immediate impact that the Covid-19 crisis is having on women.It needs to be addressed.Covid-19 is a global public health crisis which is fast
G7, Gender Advisory Councils, COVID-19, gender equality, women's rights, domestic violence, frontline carersKey actions that all governments can take to address the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis.As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies and the implications of its affects on women become more clear, members of the 2018 and 2019 G7 Gender Equality Advisory Councils have called on the G7 member
HM Courts & Tribunals Service, domestic violence injunction, unrepresented applicant, coronavirus pandemic, Most injunction hearings will take place by telephone.If you’ve been the victim of domestic violence you can apply for an ‘injunction’, which is a court order that either:protects you or your child from being harmed or threatened by the person who’s abused you – this is called a
emergency, can't talk, call 999, silent solution, press 55,There is a lack of public awareness of the Silent Solution system.Did you know there is a system which helps a person in imminent danger but unable to speak phone the police?It is known as the Silent Solution system, and it means a 999 mobile caller who is too scared to make a noise, or
COVID-19, joint call, 50 signatures, women and girls, government measures, Coronavirus, Fawcett Society, event series,Caroline Criado Perez, Womens Budget Group, Southall Black Sisters Taxpayers’ money is being spent without consideration of the specific challenges women are facing. A wide range of women’s organisations have signed a joint call for women and girls to be made visible, to be heard and have their needs met during the Coronavirus crisis response. Leggi tutto
LabourList, low-skilled workers, brightest and best, Corona virus pandemic, Covid-19, frontline staffOur country is relying on workers deemed as ‘low-skilled’.By Kelly GrehanOver the last few days, we have entered a world that feels very different to that which we unknowingly enjoyed just weeks ago.It seems like a lifetime ago now – but just a month ago headlines were concerned with Home
racial disparities, women's healthcare, poor outcomes, policy statement, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCOG, recommendations, government action, medical training“We need to pinpoint the exact causes of these disparities in order to tackle them.”The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has called for the government to tackle the issues related to racial disparities in women’s healthcare in the UK.And it said swift action is needed
National Audit Office, report, DWP, deaths by suicide, letter, Stephen Timms, Chair, Secretary of State, “…it is entirely possible that opportunities to prevent further deaths or harm have been missed.”The Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Stephen Timms MP, has written to Thérèse Coffey MP, who is the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, about the Department’s