Women Side by Side Peer Support Project for the North East

Women Side by Side uses peer support to improve the mental health of women facing disadvantage.     The project is supported by Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

Women Side by Side aims to improve the wellbeing of women experiencing mental health problems, particularly the most disadvantaged women, by increasing the availability of community-based peer support provided for and by women across England and Wales.

Research call: people learning disabilities who have reported sexual assault / rape to the police.

We are researchers from Durham University who are interested in learning about criminal justice responses in Tyneside and Northumberland to people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault. We hope that the data we collect will help us to inform and develop policy and practice to support people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault and to improve their experiences of the criminal justice process.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust announces plans to significantly increase grant spending

THE Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced plans to significantly increase its grant spending by over £3 million a year.  The move will take the Trust’s annual grant spending from around £7 million per year, to over £10 million per year, for the next ten years.  Trustees decided to increase grant spending as part of a ten yearly review of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT), which funds those working towards a peaceful and just world.   It was decided that JRCT will work to increase the number of grants given to organisations outside London to achieve a greater geographical

Upskirting a crime now after campaign

Upskirting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales after a campaign by a woman targeted at a music festival.

Offenders will face up to two years in prison for taking an image or video under somebody's clothing in order to see their genitals or underwear.

Gina Martin, who led the calls for change, said she hoped the change in law would help people "feel comfortable" to report such crimes.

It is already a specific crime in Scotland but not in Northern Ireland.

Pay back the Tampon Tax to women's sector

Money collected from VAT on period products known as the Tampon Tax was pledged for women's health and support charities in November 2015. Most of the money has instead been awarded to other charities that are not focused on women's health and support and local women's charities are missing out on money which was pledged for them.

Honour the promise and make sure the Tampon Tax money is dedicated to women's charities.

Vivienne Hayes of Women's Resource Centre says:

Intervene early to reverse gender imbalance in tech

A London roundtable on the under-representation of women in the technology sector concluded that – in addition to changes in work culture – attitudes towards technical careers must be challenged from the nursery onwards.

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