Tackling violence against BME women and girls Tues 24th February

10-2.30 Tues 24th February

Central Square Newcastle NE1 3PJ

A learning event for women’s organisations, hosted by the ending violence against black women and girls network. For more information, contact farah@angelou-centre.org.uk 0191 226 0394. To book https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VAWGBME


What Matters to Young Mums

Young Women’s Trust’s new report reveals the isolation of motherhood


“This week we launched our new report ‘What Matters to Young Mums?’ which reveals that young mums are struggling – many are missing meals to provide for their children, feeling isolated and finding it difficult to find work.



What we have found:

  • Half of young mums skip meals as they struggle to feed their children and a quarter have used a food bank
  • One in five young mums feels lonely all of the time
  • One in four young mums experiences pregnancy discrimination by employers

Read the full report here.


“It is in everyone’s interest to help young mothers who want to work. As our findings show, young mothers have a huge amount to contribute to their workplaces and many want to be financially independent and support their families. Tackling discrimination would benefit mums, businesses and the economy as a whole.” – Dr Carole Easton OBE


This one-woman play is about Sylvia Pankhurst’s life as an artist, suffragette and social reformer. It is by Jaqueline Mulhallen and is being toured by Lynx Theatre and Poetry.

It’s on at 7.30 pm at the Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG on 26th April 2017.

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newcastle-performance-of-the-p…

It includes many slides of Sylvia’s ground breaking art of women workers (pit-brow lassies, fisher lassies etc.) and archive images. She studied art in London, Manchester and Venice, broke away from her mother and sister’s suffragette organisation the WSPU, and built a working class women’s movement in the East End of London.

Don’t miss this rare chance to catch political theatre covering women’s hidden history of 100 years ago.

Budget Gender Impact Assessment

The Women’s Budget Group today published its comprehensive gender impact assessment of the 2017 Spring Budget. 

Key findings are as follows:

  • The most significant fiscal announcement, to increase Class 4 National Insurance Contributions for self-employed workers from 9% to 11%, was reversed less than a week after the Budget. Analysis carried out by the WBG shows that, combined with the abolition of Class 2 contributions, this would have raised additional revenue in a progressive way and redistributed from men to women, while the average impact on individual incomes would be limited, even in the richer households. Of the total amount raised by the two measures, women would have contributed just under a quarter.
  • The £2 billion over three years announced for social care is welcome, but falls far short of what is needed to address the on-going crisis in social care. The announcement of a Green Paper on social care funding postpones the implementation of sustainable solutions already set out over the last 11 years in two major reports. Women are disproportionately affected by the care crisis. Not only are the majority of those in need of care women, but so too are the majority of those providing paid and unpaid care.
  • Women and those on low incomes continue to shoulder by far the greatest burden of tax and benefit changes and cuts to public spending since 2010, with black and Asian women facing a triple disadvantage (see Figure 1 below). Changes due to take effect in April 2017 will continue this trend.
  • The Chancellor again chose not to make any significant new investment in health and education services. This is despite creating additional ‘headroom’ by relaxing the government’s self-imposed fiscal rule at the Autumn Statement 2016. It is hard to justify keeping this headroom as a precaution for a future downturn when spending now on public services could instead shore up the economy by creating jobs and stimulating demand.
  • The Treasury and Chancellor failed to provide an adequate assessment of how the Budget impacts on different groups. Such analysis must be an essential component of the decision-making process when setting policies that aim to build a country that ‘works for everyone’.

Full report here


Taking forward ‘women centred’ solutions – a new guide for local authorities

The Women Centred Working initiative has published a new guide to help local authorities explore the potential benefits doing things in a ‘women centred’ way could bring to their services and communities.

The initiative was set up to share best practice in designing and delivering better services for women facing severe and inter-related disadvantages, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, addictions,

homelessness and mental health issues. Its new publication Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions demonstrates how gendered approaches can help unlock solutions to complex problems and deliver multiple

benefits women and their families facing multiple disadvantage – whilst making better use of public resources.

The project is funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation through its Promoting Social Change Programme, tackling root causes of multiple disadvantage. The initiative is based at WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees and grew out of decades of experience of working with women in local communities. The guide, launched today at WomenCentre in Halifax, maps the principles of gendered working against local authority priorities, such as improving efficiency, prompting prevention, building community resilience and tackling inter-generational disadvantage. It offers practical suggestions for ways in which councils can benefit from incorporating women centred thinking into existing practices. It also sets out the business case for integrated, community-based support. Case studies unpick ‘what went right’, in areas where councils and public and third sector partners have come together with positive results:

 Oldham Council’s Early Help service transformation model draws on women as ‘community assets’.

 The Way Forward, a multi-agency project in Calderdale, has enabled 135 young women at risk to

address substance misuse and other unsafe behaviour and embark upon jobs and courses.

 Local authorities and public agencies in Barrow have joined up to establish a women-centred hub,

which is improving the lives of women with complex needs and providing a valuable local resource.

We hope you find this guide useful. Hard copies are available on request.

Our thanks to all those who participated in the research and case studies.

Women Centred Solutions


Police and Crime Commissioner Elections – Hustings

This is your opportunity to ask questions of all the candidates competing for your vote to be your next Police and Crime Commissioner. NEEVAWG is working with MVDA to host a hustings for the wider voluntary sector in Middlesbrough and is hosting hustings with a specific focus on violence against women and girls in Durham and Newcastle.

The Cleveland  hustings will be held from 4.30-6.30pm on Thursday 28 April in the STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College, Dock Street

Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD. To submit a question in advance return the attached booking form to general@mvdauk.org.uk

The County Durham hustings will be held from 7-9pm on Monday 25th April  at Alington House Community Centre, 4 North Bailey Durham DH1 3ET. The event will be chaired by Professor Nicole Westmarland; to submit a question in advance email neevawgnetwork@angelou-centre.org.uk

The Northumbria hustings will be held from 2-4pm on Thursday 21st April at the Beacon Centre, Westgate Road Newcastle NE4 9PQ. The event will be chaired by Beatrix Campbell; to submit a question in advance email neevawgnetwork@angelou-centre.org.uk


International Day for Elimination of Race Discrimination

There are some useful briefings on race and justice relevant to the north east region here

Young Women getting left behind in apprenticeships

The Young Women’s Trust’s new report looks at how young women continue to miss out on the many benefits apprenticeships have to offer. It is based on original research through focus groups with young women and polling of 1,269 young people to understand their experiences of apprenticeships.

Young women from Young Women’s Trust’s apprenticeship working group were then brought together with employers, government officials, think tanks and charities to discuss the challenges and prioritise actions forming the basis for the recommendations.

Find out more and read the report here:www.youngwomenstrust.org/apprenticeshipcampaign

FGM Prevention Week of Action

FGM Prevention Week of Action – Following the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, public health minister Jane Ellison has launched an FGM prevention week of action and is urging health and care professionals to help prevent FGM.
Health professionals can access a new NHS Choices training video to help them understand the specific mental health needs of women with FGM. New e-learning for healthcare professionals, from Health Education England, about the mental health impacts of FGM will be available from March 2016.
Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fgm-mandatory-reporting-in-healthcare for ideas and resources to help you prevent FGM and raise awareness on it in your area.

Women Speak Out

Women Resource Centre’s “Women Speak Out” project is looking for women who have experienced inequality, discrimination or marginalisation to be filmed for our series of mini documentaries (a few mins in length), aimed at giving disadvantaged women a voice. We want to empower women to tell their stories, to speak out about the issues they’ve faced, and challenge the ‘benefits street discourse’ we hear in much of the media today.
We will provide media training to the women involved in the project, so that if they choose to, they have the skills and confidence required to speak to journalists about their stories. The aim of this is to give women control of their narrative, and put a face to the issues at hand. We will also be organising dates when the women involved in the project can attend events with decision makers, with the hope that they can effect change on policies that deeply affect their lives. We will them link the women’s stories to government policy, arguing what could be done differently.
However as we understand that vulnerable women might not want to publicise their story in this way – there is also the option to film the video in an anonymised way if the participant wishes. If some women choose not to work with the media, that is completely fine, we are just grateful to each individual woman for sharing her time and her story with us so it can be uploaded onto our website; they are still contributing to raising awareness of the important issues at hand.
Do you know any women linked to your organisation that might like to get involved? Or do you think any of your service users might be interested? If so please do share this information with them – or put them in touch with Florence at WRC on 02076973467/ florence@wrc.org.uk . There is also a form they can fill out on the website.
Go to the website to see the videos previously made http://womenspeakout.wrc.org.uk/And here is the teaser video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSw4B2T-0j0

Older Women and Health Research

Women’s Health Equality Consortium is working on a project on older women’s health which will result in a report.
We would like to know which of the voluntary and community sector organisations in the WHEC network are working with older women in relation to health, including BME women. We are also interested in any good practice you know about:
– Commissioned services provided by the women’s voluntary and community sector
– Services that run locally whoever provides them, that you think are good
– Good consultation or co-production activities involving individual women or women’s organisations.

Please write to TanziaAhmed@wrc.org.uk with any details (like documents you can attach or links to the projects) as you are able to provide. We are interested in gathering the names of projects/organisations/individuals where possible and what the project does – just in brief. If you would prefer to arrange a short phone call to provide the information, let us know.
A brief response within the next week or two is very welcome.