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Households where the woman is the sole earner are significantly poorer – new research

The term ‘female breadwinner’ conjures images of power-dressing corporate businesswomen who are bucking traditional gender norms to ‘have it all’. However, high-earning women make up only a small proportion of female breadwinners, the majority of which tend to work less hours than their male counterparts do, and are less likely to be in managerial positions.

Law in the Making empowers survivors to influence the domestic abuse bill through innovative new project – Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid has launched an innovative new project to support survivors of domestic abuse to engage with the law and empower them to bring about real change for future survivors as the landmark domestic abuse bill goes through parliament.

Together Women Mentoring and Advocacy project looking for partners

Together Women Project moves women out of crime into positive futures, working with them in safe, women-only spaces, building resilience and developing strengths that enable them to move away from damaging lifestyles. We operate various services throughout the North of England, tailored to the needs of women. Each woman accessing Together Women is given an individualised package of support to meet their unique needs.

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.

Nearly 60% of survivors using domestic abuse services are mothers and 1 in 15 are pregnant – Women’s Aid

Nearly 60% survivors accessing domestic abuse support services have children and 1 in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report released by Women’s Aid to coincide with Mother’s Day.

Yet according to the report, The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Annual Audit, domestic abuse services are struggling to cope with demand and provide the level of support that survivors and their children need because of ongoing funding uncertainty and budget cuts.

Developments in the Law on VAW update by Cris McCurley

"The Government has published it’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and while there are things to welcome, the Bill will not make any difference to the lives of survivors of VAWG unless there is significant investment into front line services for women and a reversal of the austerity measures that have seen refuges close. My analysis of the Bill was published in LAG magazine’s February issue and can be read here.

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights, UN is told

During the commitee examination of the UK on its progress in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from Sisters of Frida, told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services.

Update on CEDAW from Women's Resource Centre

At the end of February, CEO of WRC Vivienne Hayes went to Geneva along with members of the North East's CEDAW working group, to lead on WRC's input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

After the collaborative efforts of numerous women’s organisations in preparation of the UK government’s examination at the United Nations on their progress in achieving all women’s rights, the UN have released their recommendations (see the link below). 

RCEW: Ministry of Justice funding announcement

Forty-three Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) member Centres have been awarded funding by the Ministry of Justice on 22nd March 2019. Formerly known as the Rape Support Fund, this money has funded some core costs and provided some much-needed stability for specialist Rape Crisis Centres for a number of years. The three-year awards announced will continue to be used by RCEW members in this way.

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