feminist book fortnight, June 2018, independent bookshops, festival, diverse feminist books Bookshops around the country will be highlighting the diversity of feminist books. In celebration of Vote 100, the hundredth anniversary of (some) women in the UK getting the vote, a group of radical and independent bookshops is launching Feminist Book Fortnight, a celebration of feminist books. There has been an explosion of new feminist publishing in the last two to three years. Leggi tutto
rape trials, Northern Ireland, victim support groups, open letter, change neededCalls for an independent review of how the criminal justice system handles sexual violence cases.Victim Support NI, along with Women’s Aid Federation NI, the Men’s Advisory Project, and Nexus NI, published a letter in the press on 17 April 2018, calling for ‘an immediate review’ of the way
local and mayoral elections, England, 3 May 2018, register to vote, EVAW campaign, pledge, Local councils have enormous power to help end violence against women and girls.On 3 May 2018 there are local and mayoral elections  in many parts of England.And as the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) points out in their election pledge campaign, those who get elected have real
Ann Oakley, Coleridge lecture series, Bristol Festival of Ideas, women peace and welfare, Afua Hirsch, Diane Coyle, Laura Bates, Helen PankhurstAnn Oakley will be speaking about Women, Peace and Welfare at the Bristol Festival of Ideas.Between 1880 and 1920 many women researched the conditions of social and economic life in Western countries. They were driven by a vision of a society based on welfare and altruism, rather than warfare
kinship carers, survey, bedroom tax, benefit cap, two child limit,Many kinship carers are left in poverty, isolated and having to battle to just make ends meet.A new survey of over 500 kinship carers – grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members and friends who have taken on care of children who are not able to live with their parents – has revealed
#PayMeToo, gender pay gap reporting, action, female MPs, women at workYou can hold your employer to account for what they are doing.By midnight 4 April 2018 every company with more than 250 employees will have had to report the details of their gender pay gap statistics – the difference between what men and women earn throughout their organisation – and why – and
EHRC, ending sexual harassment at work, recommendations,Outlining action in three areas to turn the tables in British workplaces.Corrosive working cultures have silenced the voices of victims and normalised sexual harassment, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said as it published a set of recommendations aiming to better protect people
Law Society, survey, progress, gender equality, report, gender pay gap60 per cent of respondents were aware of a gender pay gap where they worked.The Law Society has released its findings from the largest international survey of women in the law after a survey of 7,781 people (5,758 women, 554 men and 1,469 unknown or other) which aimed to shed light on current
#see the elephant, London Festival of Architecture, campaign, women, discrimination, building companies, Presidents Club, scandalThe normalisation of objectification and exploitation of women still persists…The London Festival of Architecture has launched a major new campaign that tackles discriminatory behaviour in the built environment and encourages industry leaders to commit to positive change.The campaign calls on
government consultation, Domestic Abuse Bill, opinions wanted,Asking questions under four main themes – with the central aim prevention.The Home Secretary has unveiled proposals for a landmark Domestic Abuse Bill – and invited the public to contribute views on how such a Bill should look.In February 2017, the Prime Minister announced a new ‘programme of
joint committee report, air pollution, Clean Air Act, inadequate government policies, national health scandal‘It is unacceptable that successive governments have failed to protect the public from poisonous air’The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care and Transport Committees have published a joint report after an unprecedented four-way
Northern Ireland, Belfast, rape culture, problem, DV, sexism, joke, WRDA bogThis kind of behaviour has real world consequences.By WRDA CommunicationsBelfast has a problem with Rape Culture.Eating lunch, buying clothes or even just walking down the street, women in this city are met with a barrage of misogynistic material.Violence against women is made light of
Modi, diaspora Indians, London visit, protest, rapes, violence, #ModiNotWelcomeProtests by the UK’s Indian diaspora greeted Indian PM Narendra Modi.“Narendra Modi is to visit Britain for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM),” a spokesperson of the South Asia Solidarity Group explained.“When he last visited the UK in 2015 he was met with massive
Equity, safe spaces campaign, Royal Court theatre, BFI, bullying, sexual harassment, helpline, Spaces free of fear, free of bullying and harassment of any kind.Equity, the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners, which represents 43,000 people in the entertainment industry, has launched its new initiative to tackle the entertainment industry’s sexual
Mumsnet, campaign, better postal care, incontinence, painful sexWe need an honest conversation about what birth can mean for some mothers – and effective care.Figures released as part of Mumsnet’s Campaign for Better Postnatal Care have revealed how many mothers struggle with painful sex and problems with continence months or years after their babies were
open letter, bishop of london, two-child clause, poverty, ill health, UK childrenThe consequence is debilitating debt and hunger – which is known to damage mental and physical healthIn an letter published in the The Times recently, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders called for the policy limiting benefits to families with more than two children to be scrapped.The
open letter, abortion, Jeremy Hunt, Vaughan Gething, bpas, WEN, Claudia, bleeding, abortion pills, miscarry in tax, pills at home, campaignWomen in Scotland are already able to take misoprostol at home.Every day, women are forced to travel immediately after taking abortion pills, meaning many experience symptoms while they are still on public transport or on their way home.This is because the 1967 Abortion Act states that women
Labour Party, international development policy, Kate Osamor, feminist Labour’s international aid plan would reduce inequality and challenge patriarchy.The Labour Party has announced its plan for action on international development in a new policy paper, ‘A World For The Many, Not The Few’.Writing in Labour List, Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of
TUC analysis, gender pay gap, official figures, women paid less, Women suffer a huge pay penalty over the course of their lives.A new analysis of official statistics published by the TUC this week shows that the gender pay gap is at its widest when a woman hits 50, when the average woman working full-time will earn £8,421 a year less than the average
#AidToo, sexual exploitation, women working in the aid sector, open letter‘The twisted logic of blaming women and girls for the violence and abuse they experience has to end’. On 2 March, 2018, the letter below was circulated through private emails and messages to women working within the aid sector throughout the world.The letter was drafted by Sarah Martin
period poverty, sex education, stigma, blue liquid, accurate ads, suitable toilet facilities, Plan International UK, surveyThe reality of not being able to afford sanitary products can have serious consequences.Two fifths of girls in the UK have had to rely on using toilet roll at some point to manage their period because they have struggled to afford sanitary products, a survey by Plan International UK has
new sentencing guideline, Sentencing Council, domestic abuse, Women's AidDomestic abuse is not an isolated offence, it is a repeated pattern of behaviour.A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published, giving courts up-to-date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this kind of offending.The guideline, published by the Sentencing Council
domestic abuse, voting registration, changes to law, victim's addressesChanges make it easier for survivors of domestic violence to register to vote anonymously The Houses of Parliament have passed the government’s proposals for changes to anonymous voter registration.The changes will make it easier for an estimated 12,000 survivors of domestic abuse living in
open letter, government compensation scheme, National Victims Straegy, changes needed, consent, child abuseCalls for urgent overhaul of the scheme governing compensation for victims of crime.The Ministry of Justice has a statutory duty to compensate blameless victims of violent crime through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS).But a number of outdated rules governing this scheme have
Ulster rugby, players' behaviour, rape trail, Belfast Feminist Network, 5 demands, 13 April gathering‘The misogyny in our society will not go away unchallenged’.At their Belfast rally against rape trials failing victims last Thursday, Belfast Feminist Network announced that now was the start of a movement to change how Northern Ireland’s criminal justice system deals with sexual assault
bpas, abortion provision, women with medical conditions, ‘Abortion is part and parcel of women’s healthcare. It should be regulated and delivered as such’.Women in the UK with medical conditions including epilepsy, heart problems, and cancer struggle to obtain abortion care, even though the continuation of their pregnancy poses a significant threat
Sophia Forum, Terrence Higgins Trust, HIV, women in UK with HIV, research, report, Women are not seen as a “key target” for HIV interventions.Around a third of the around 90,000 people living with HIV in the UK are women, and a quarter of all new HIV diagnoses are in women, yet women living with and affected by HIV have been mainly invisible in the narrative and response to
the Women's Budget Group, the Fawcett Society, report, exploring the economic impact of Brexit on women‘This report clearly shows we risk turning the clock back on gender equality as a result of Brexit’.The first independent report to look at the economic impact of Brexit on women was published by the Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society earlier this week.The report, ‘Exploring the
new fund, returning to work, time away caring, guidance, toolkitNearly 90 per cent of people out of paid work to care for the home or family are women.The Minister for Women and Equalities, Amber Rudd, has announced a £1.5 million fund to support people back into work after time out caring.The fund, which was launched earlier this month, offers grants to
IICSA, inquiry report, child migrant programmes, sexual abuse, physical abuse, ‘The policy itself was indefensible’.The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its report into the Child Migration Programmes case study.Over a period of many years before and after the Second World War, successive United Kingdom governments allowed children to be
Nordic Model Now!, Mayor of London, new, end violence against women, strategy, ignores men, ignores perpetratorsIf men did not buy sex, there would be no prostitution, child sexual exploitation or sex trafficking.by Nordic Model Now!The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled his new violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy recently.While we welcome some of its provisions, we are dismayed by
sexism in the Church, survey, Sophia Network, 8 commitments, equality in the Church‘…we were disappointed that so many women have experienced sexism’.Churches are being urged to take steps to make their congregations safe spaces in which women can flourish, after new research released on International Women’s Day revealed that 62 per cent of women have experienced sexism in
open letter, International Olympic Committee, biological men, women's sportsHow long are we going to keep quiet while we witness this? I refuse to.This is the English version of an open letter sent to the leadership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), extended to the leaderships of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC), the International Federation of
Young Women's Trust, survey, apprentice pay, pay-time apprenticeships, apprentice minimum wage, Apprentices are exploited by being given the same work as non- apprentice workers.Just one in five MPs think the apprentice minimum wage is enough to live on, a Young Women’s Trust survey has shownLess than half (45 per cent) of the MPs questioned in a ComRes survey for National