womensviewsonnews.org, Women's Views on News, short break, facebook, newsaboutwomen, Women’s View on News is taking a short break. We will be off-line for a couple of weeks to attend to a family issue. Our Facebook page and Twitter feed will also be on pause, but feel free to like and share current content. See you soon. Leggi tutto
#FixTheCMS, DWP, Child Maintenance Service, Gingerbread, Mumsnet, the Good Law Project, GLP, four parents, Letter Before Claim, Judicial ReviewNon-payment means many single parent families are living in poverty.Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, Mumsnet and the Good Law Project (GLP) are supporting four women who have sent a Letter Before Claim to notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of their intention
Women's Budget Group, response, Boris Johnson, post-COVID economy, research, child care, care sector, job creation, women at work, “Investment in care is economically and  environmentally sound and would increase equality.”If the Prime Minister is serious about post-pandemic growth then, rather than ‘build, build, build’, he should invest in care to create jobs, the Women’s Budget Group said today.Responding to the Prime
Ministry of Justice, reforms, family courts, England and Wales, review, report, Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases, Report a major step forward in exposing what victims of domestic abuse have been saying for decades. The government has announced an overhaul of the way the family courts in England and Wales will deal with domestic abuse. Leggi tutto
Resolution Foundation, briefing, low paid workers, National Living Wage, minimim wage, real Living Wage, coronavirus crisis, Beyond the minimum wage to dignity and respect.In a briefing paper published recently the Resolution Foundation sets out a significant yet achievable programme of change across five areas that, taken together with a higher minimum wage, would amount to a new settlement for Britain’s low-paid
IC Change, 30 women's organisations, letter, Boris Johnson, ratify the Istanbul Convention, tackle violence against women and girls We would like a commitment to ratification within the year and a clear timetable for this process. On 8 June 2020 it is eight years since the UK signed the Istanbul Convention – the gold standard approach to tackling violence against women at a national level. Leggi tutto
Diane Abbott, LabourList, article, institutional racism, Coronavirus, national leadership, civil rights, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, I can't breathe, racism in the UKBritish politicians must act decisively to fight institutional racism here in the UK.By Diane Abbott.America is currently engulfed in the worst civil unrest since the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. A Brooklyn resident called Fatima, who came out to demonstrate in New York with
Domestic Abuse Bill, Committee, witnesses, in person, Jacob Rees-Mogg, letter, COVID-19, coronavirus crisis, travel, public transport, Wales, BME communitiesThe unacceptable condition of attendance only serves to jeopardise the safety of survivors and their key workers.Eighteen domestic abuse and women’s rights organisations, including the Women’s Aid Federation of England, Latin American Women’s Rights Service and Southall Black Sisters, have
UNEP, COVID-19, briefing, Working with the environment to protect people, mapping zoonotic threat, protecting the environment“Economies that work with nature are critical to ensure that the world’s nations thrive.”The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that it is stepping up its work on mapping zoonotic threat and protecting the environment to reduce the risk of future pandemics, such as the
Angela Rayner MP, Boris Johnson, speech, 10 May 2020, return to work, Coronavirus, pandemic, safety at work, join a union This is the text of the email sent from Angela Rayner to Labour members this afternoon. Last night I sat shocked on my sofa as Boris Johnson spoke to our country. Workers who can’t work from home were encouraged to go back to work – but given no guidance on how to stay safe. Leggi tutto
Women's Budget Group, Coventry Women's Partnership, Migrant women and the economy, report, migrant women, NHS, no recourse to funds, COVID-19, immigrantion policy, keyworkersWe need to value the contribution of migrant workers.Many migrant women currently providing lifesaving care and vital services during the Covid-19 outbreak, risk being left without support by UK immigration rules, according to a new report published by the Women’s Budget Group and Coventry
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’
UNFPA, report, 19 rites, women and girls, FGM, child marriages, infanticide, widowhood practicesWe must tackle the root causes, especially gender-biased norms.Urgent and accelerated action is needed to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other “harmful practices” and abuses carried out against women and girls, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) has said
Women and Work APPG, call for evidence, women in the workplace, impact of COVID-19 Open call for evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in the workplace. The Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has launched an open call for evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in the workplace. The deadline is 6 July 2020. Leggi tutto
Letter, 220 signatories, Home Office, Priti Patel, Boris Johnson, financial support, asylum seekers, COVID-19, Women for Refugee Women, Asylum Matters, Safe Passsage, It is now barely 40 per cent of the allowance people over 25 receive on Universal Credit.On 8 June the Home Office announced a shameful increase of just £1.85 a week to the financial support people seeking asylum in the UK rely on.That is a meagre 26p a day; and leaves people still forced to
Ensure all people in our country live a good life, prospering on a healthy planet.Leaders of over 150 businesses, civil society organisations and from public life have called on the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to use the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a socially just
radical rethink, women, the Scottish economy, after Covid-19, nine principles, equality, Engender, Close the GapWe can’t rely on the traditional stimulus measures that create ‘jobs for the boys’.Leading women’s organisations have called for a radical rethink of how Scotland’s economy can recover from the downturn caused by Covid-19.A paper outlining nine principles for economic recovery, produced by
women's sector oganisations, letter, childcare, coronavirus crisis, mothers, returning to work, unpaid work, closures, Boris Johnson, letter, childcare sector, Liaison Committee Just as we need investment in roads and rail, we also need investment in childcare. It is estimated that as a result of the coronavirus crisis a significant proportion of childcare providers will go to the wall, with a loss of 10,000 businesses or 150,000 childcare places. Leggi tutto
TUC, report, return to work, COVID-19, coronavirus, HSE, consultation, unions, workers, employers duties, safety at workNo one should have to return to work without tough new safety measures having been put in place.The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on government to introduce tough new measures to ensure that before lockdown restrictions are eased all employers assess the risks to their staff of
civil partnerships, marriage, digital regristation, pandemic, COVID-19, financial security, legally recognised relationship, petition, Priti Patel, Myrtle LloydLegal recognition of a relationship is important, especially during a pandemic. Mixed-sex civil partnerships were first allowed to take place in England and Wales on 31 December 2019.This was just over five years since Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan tried to form a civil partnership at
Boris Johnson, speech, 10 May 2020, workers, return to work, safety at work, COVID-19, pandemic, Section 44, Employment Act 1996, TUC, union advice, Shelly AsquithThe relevant law is Section 44 of the Employment Act 1996 and it covers all workers.By Shelly Asquith, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer in the TUC Organisation, Skills and Services Department.Last night, the prime minister encouraged workers who can’t work from home and who don’t work in
Southall Black Sisters, legal challenge, UK government, failure, accomodation, women, domestic abuse, lockdown, COVID-19, campaign letter, email, Priti Patel, £2million, not received, Robert JenrickThe 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
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
Southall Black Sisters, Step Up Migrant WOmen coalition, the Domestic Abuse Bill, write to your MP, 6 July 2020, migrant women, help, No Recourse to Public Funds, These women are effectively denied access to routes to safety that are available to other victims of abuse.The Domestic Abuse Bill currently making its way through Parliament has been described as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to provide safety and protection to survivors of domestic
ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, Human Rights Watch guidance, women's rights organsiations, Uruguay, FijiRatification a major opportunity for countries to end gender-based abuses and promote safety and dignity at work.Women’ rights oganisations, Human Rights Watch and global workers’ rights organisations are calling on governments to prioritise ratification of the International Labour Organization
Paul Scully, review of employment rights, survivors of domestic abuse, call for submissions, best practise, Vera Baird, Review aims to give employers the confidence and knowledge to support workers affected by domestic abuse.Business Minister Paul Scully has launched a review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse and is calling for submissions from organisations and individuals.The review will
Black Lives Matter, protests, NEU, racism, institutional racism, British histories, empire, colonisation, the WIndrush scandal, the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, The Black Curriculum, teaching Black historyWe need a greater understanding of British histories of empire, colonialism and migration to combat racism in our institutions.Commenting on the Black Lives Matter protests taking place in cities and countries around the world, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education
Women's Link Worldwide, strawberry pickers, Huelva, Spain, women workers, sexual harassment, human rights violations, Protective measures should include a gender perspective; strawberry-picking is a highly feminised industry.Women’s Link Worldwide has asked the United Nations to investigate human rights violations against migrant women carrying out seasonal farm work in Spain’s strawberry industry.The
Agenda, NatCen, report, young women, poverty, non-suicidal self-harm, debt, coronavirus epidemic, the Marnot review government policies, Young women struggling with money problems and debt are at particular risk.The long-term rise in self-harm in young women is about more than social media.Young women in England who face poverty and disadvantage are more likely to self-harm than young women in affluent households, new evidence
open letter, National Police Chiefs Council, campaigners, domestic extremists, NetPol, Prevent, To treat environmental protestors as terrorists under Prevent is an abuse of power and a misuse of the strategy.More than 600 people have signed an open letter to senior police officers calling for an end to political campaigning being categorised as “domestic extremism”.At least 45
women, keyworkers, anxiety, low income, WBG, Fawcett Society, COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic, two-child limit, benefit cap, risking lives, Boris Johnson, back to workThe government needs far greater inclusion of women and gender experts in key advisory groups.New research published last week revealed the stark reality of the coronavirus pandemic for parents and keyworkers.The research, carried out by the Fawcett Society, the Women’s Budget Group, and
Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, £76million, support, victims of trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual violence, lockdown, COVID-19‘This funding will ensure they can continue to receive the support they desperately need to rebuild their lives.’A £76 million ‘package’ aiming to ensure the most vulnerable in society ‘get the support they need’ during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic was announced on 2 May by Communities
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