Call the Midwife, backstreet abortion, BBC Action Line, letter, bpas, Royal College of Midwives, Family Planning Association, abortion information, legal abortion, NHS Abortion 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 Midwife in which one of the characters died as a result of complications from an illegal “backstreet” abortion. Leggi tutto
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
 High Court Hearing, date set, women's pensions campaign, #Backto60, WASPI, 1950s women, David Hencke, ByLine, Date set for Judicial Review of state pensions for 50s-born women. The historic hearing into whether 3.9 million 50s born women have been cheated out of their state pension by the government has been set by the High Court for May 24 and 27.The date is later than expected because the
off on holiday, register to vote, back in January We are off for the holidays: back in January. Thank you for your company. Just one thing: are you registered to vote? If not, click here and get yourself – or all your friends – signed up. Leggi tutto
CHEM Trust, survey, FOI, Councils, trading standards officers, testing, toys, cosmetics, hazardouse chemicals, consumer products, Action on hazardous chemicals by trading standards officers varies widely between councils.A survey of councils has found that UK shoppers are not properly protected from illegal levels of hazardous chemicals in the products they buy.Hazardous chemicals are defined by various EU regulations
Stansted 15, Liberty, dissent, peaceful protest, secret flights, immigration tribunals, lesbian's safety, Solidarity with migrants isn’t ‘terrorism’ – the Stansted 15 case shames the UK.By Gracie Bradley.One of the biggest travesties of British justice in recent years, the judgement in the Stansted 15 case, shame us all.We should cherish dissenters trying to stop human rights abuses – not
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
Unite, union, period dignity, campaign, posters, templates, actionsJoin the campaign!Having a period is natural and should not be a source of awkwardness for anyone.“That time of the month” can be inconvenient and embarrassing for women and girls. It shouldn’t be.For too long, women and men have shied aware from talking about periods.Unite is currently
Nancy Platts, campaign, no to voter ID, diktat, debate in Parliament, crowdfunderOur 2019 battle: stopping Tory voter suppression plans.By Nancy Platts.This may come as a surprise. Behind the chaos of Brexit, the Tories have actually been moving forward with some of their plans – and we should all be concerned.In May, the government trialled a dangerous policy to ban
UN SRVAW, UN women's groups, end femicide, SDG5, Of all intentional killings involving intimate partners almost 80 per cent of victims are women.Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women last month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences (SRVAW) and the
Protect Human Rights Defenders, major brands, protect civic freedoms, statement, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre‘Business enterprises, including investors, have a duty to respect human rights and human rights defenders.’A group of major brands has called for the protection of human rights defenders and civic freedoms, both of which are under attack around the world.In a statement the group said:‘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
Amnesty International, AI, report, online abuse, women, women of colour, Twitter, Troll Patroll“It’s clear that a staggering level of violence and abuse against women exists on Twitter.”Over one million abusive or problematic tweets were sent to women last year – an average of one every 30 seconds – Amnesty International revealed recently, in a ground-breaking study into abuse against
Leigh Day, Child Poverty Action Group, High Court, working lone mothers, Universal Credit, payments, poverty, hunger, DWP, High Court finds Department for Work and Pensions unlawful on universal credit assessments.In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, on 11 January 2019 the High Court found that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment
The Women's Mental Health Taskforce, Report, Agenda, Health and Social Care, restraint, male staff, self harm, mothers, ‘…An important first step towards tackling the injustices facing women…’The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce has set out its key principles for gender and trauma-informed care in the final report it released earlier this week.Co-chaired by Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price MP, and Katharine
Third Femicide Census, report, 2017, nia, Women's Aid, INQUEST, UN SRVAW, Karen Ingala SmithThe three femicide census reports name the 1,246 women killed since 2009.The third Femicide Census Report, released by nia’s Chief Executive, Karen Ingala Smith, in partnership with Women’s Aid, has revealed that at least 139 women were killed by 126 men in the UK between 1 January and 31
Home Office, consultation, farced marriage, reporting, guidance effective, deadline January 2019The Home Office has opened a consultation on preventing and tackling forced marriage.Forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (for example, threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you are made to feel like you are bringing