Minister for Women and Equalities announces a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has announced a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) which will include putting marginalised women at the heart of its work on gender.

Ms Mordaunt said that the GEO has made significant progress in working towards closing the gender pay gap, getting women into work and being a driving force behind getting more women on boards in top companies, but that often low-paid, low-skilled women were left out of the conversation.

Consent online: resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed a series of resources for 3-18-year-olds focusing on the topic of consent online and how consent is asked for, given and received in different circumstances. The resources, available in English and Welsh, feature four educational packs for children and young people, a pack for parents and carers and a pack to support educators. The resources accompany Safer internet day 2019 which takes place on 5th February 2019.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Jobs: Wearside Women in Need

Wearside Women in Need has a new Board of Trustees and Chief Executive, and together they are in the process of modernising services and expanding the partnership arrangements. WWiN are recruiting the following positions:

Shout-Up! Newcastle

This weekend, 8 new venues from Newcastle joined Shout-Up! as Ambassador venues. Shout-Up! asks everyone to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, making our bars, pubs and clubs safer places for women and men. Shout-Up! was conceived by Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle, Crystlsd and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and launched in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2017.Teams from all venues have received training, participated in workshops and are committed to creating sexual harassment-free zones in our city.

UK's welfare system is cruel and misogynistic, says UN expert after damning report on poverty

Last week, The Times reported that Britain’s welfare system is so sexist it may as well have been compiled by “a group of misogynists in a room,” a UN expert has claimed. Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, warned that poverty in the UK is a “political choice” and that compassion and concern had been “outsourced” in favour of tax cuts for the rich. Alston was particularly critical of universal credit

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