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Global Fund for Women expands young women's leadership programme to East Africa

With funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have expanded the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative to East Africa–in Kenya and Tanzania. Global Fund for Women is working with 40 young women from 20 women’s rights organizations across Kenya and Tanzania, to strengthen their leadership and support them as they create and implement their own community projects to create social change. The initiative in East Africa is currently in its first year, and Global Fund for Women will be tracking the initiative’s progress.

Step Up Migrant Women Campaign publishes research findings on migrant women reporting to the police

The Right to be Believed: Migrant women facing violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the 'hostile immigration' environment in London, a research report produced by Cathy McIwaine from King's College London, Lucila Granada and Illary Valenzuela-Oblitas from LAWRS/Step Up Migrant Women campaign, was published in May. 

New WRC website coming soon...

Women's Resource Centre wanted to get in touch to let you know that they have a new website coming soon. 

"Until the new site is launched, we would love for you to keep up to date with what WRC are doing by following us on Twitter & Facebook @whywomen.

A temporary site where you can find links to training, events and information will still be accesible using the same address www.wrc.org.uk

Urgent call for Independent Inquiry into the treatment of Domestic Abuse in Family Court

125 cross party MPs, led by Labour's Louise Haigh, wrote to the Ministry of Justice demanding an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children from domestic abuse.

Disappointingly the MoJ responded by saying that they would hold a snap (12 week) Inquiry but that it would not be independent. Retired senior Family Judge Sir Paul Coleridge remarked on the Victoria Derbyshire programme that they would discover nothing meaningful in just 12 weeks due to the complexity of domestic abuse.

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance for schools in England on the teaching of relationships education in primary schools, relationship and sex education in secondary schools, and physical health and mental wellbeing education in state funded primary and secondary schools.

Childline sees over 6,000 counselling sessions about gender and sexual identity in the past year

Thousands of young people turned to Childline last year for help with issues including coming out and homophobic bullying.

Childline carried out 6,014 counselling sessions with children and young people about issues relating to gender and sexuality last year – on average 16 a day1.

Childline figures from the past 12 months show:

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