Can Free Trade Agreements help secure gender equality and social justice?

It is now clear that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union at the end of January. It’s more important than ever to talk about how to centre gender equality and social justice in international trading arrangements.

Trade is highly political. Its effects are felt by women in multiple roles: as consumers, producers, workers, users of public services and, providers of unpaid care work. The government has made a commitment to gender equal trade policy but what does this mean in practice? How can we ensure trade agreements benefit women here and around the world.

Sisters Doing It For Themselves

The Women’s Voluntary and Community Sector (WVCS) grew out of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. The contribution of the WVCS in advancing women’s rights is largely undocumented.  Many of the women who were involved in setting up women’s organisations and campaigning for change are now in their late 50s and 60s. Their struggles and achievements have remained largely invisible. 

GamCare Women and Gambling Programme - North East

GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. From April 2013-2018 our National Gambling Helpline has seen an increase in women callers:

68% increase of women who are gamblers    72% increase of women who are affected others

Job Vacancy - Women First Lead Finance and Project Manager

There is a new senior post being advertised for the Women First ESF Project, which supports women facing barriers to work. It is being delivered by five local women's organisations and projects and the role is to take a lead on finance and project management. The project lead organisation is the Angelou Centre, but initially the post will also be supported by Riverside Community Health Project, wher it will be based.

£27, 930 (pro rata)  18 hours a week, Jan 2020 - Sep 2021.

Launch of FLOWS in London and Newcastle

Cris McCurley and Victoria Richardson of Ben Hoare Bell attended the launch event of FLOWS - Finding legal options for Women survivors on Friday. Flows provides support and legal assistance to women domestic abuse survivors. The organisation is delivered by the Family Team of RCJ advice in partnership with Rights of Woman. 

NE Culture Partnership seeks Co-chair

The North East Culture Partnership (NECP) is an organisation leading cultural
growth in the North East. If you are interested in, or believe in, the power
of arts, heritage and culture to develop our region, our economy and
investment then you may be interested in joining the NECP board.


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