Sexual harassment of women & girls in public spaces: Women & Equalities Select Committee publishes its report

The Women and Equalities Committee has published its report on sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. The report calls on the Government to tackle public sexual harassment of women and girls urgently and makes seven key recommendations for action. The Committee said the UK Government has a strong reputation for taking seriously the prevention of sexual abuse and violence overseas, but is failing to address the problem at home.

Chronicle: sexual offences conviction rates in the North East

The Chronicle has reported on the new data regarding conviction rates for sexual offences in the North East. More than 8,000 offences were reported to police in the North East last year, but only 531 people were brought to justice for them. The data shows that when offenders do appear in court the conviction rate is reasonably high, with 82% of prosecutions in the region being successful.

Jobs: EVA Women's Aid

EVA Women’s Aid (Redcar, Cleveland) is recruiting a Mental Health Support Worker (15 hours per week. Fixed-term contract for up to two years. Salary £23,000 pro rata). Closing date - noon Wednesday 14th November 2018. For an application pack please visit the EVA Women's Aid website.  

Rape Crisis & other women's rights groups call on MPs to back Abortion Bill

On 23rd October 2018, Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on a Ten-Minute Rule Bill to take abortion out of the criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is a key measure for protecting the right to access abortion services, particularly for women in abusive or controlling relationships. The End Violence Against Women Coalition, the Fawcett Society, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England & Wales, Southall Black Sisters and Women’s Aid Federation of England support this bill and ask MPs to vote in favour.

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