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Young Women's Trust Film Launch

Young Women's Trust says 

We're launching our powerful new film inspired by the recent 100 year anniversary of some women getting the vote. It stars our very own young women talking about the challenges still faced by women today and why more needs to be done.

Help us share it far and wide using our suggested posts - or using your own!

Rape survivor challenges Prime Minister to fund Rape Crisis counselling services

On the 8th March 2019, International Women’s Day) 25-year-old Fern Champion, who was raped in 2016, has launched a petition, and written to the Prime Minister asking her to ensure there is always specialist rape counselling support available for everyone who seeks it. Fern’s letter to the Prime Minister asks for a meeting with her to discuss the appalling absence of adequate funding to specialist independent services in the community.

Incorporation of CEDAW into UK law - sign the petition

Members of NEWN and the CEDAW working group have just returned from Geneva where they were working to ensure that the UK government is called to account against its commitments to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

We are being asked to sign a petition about CEDAW on the Government's website and circulate it as widely as possible:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/230451

Discriminatory 'same roof rule' finally to be abolished

A ban on awarding Criminal Injuries Compensation to crime victims who lived with their attacker is finally set to be scrapped, more than half a century after it was introduced. On Thursday 28th February, Ministers took steps to abolish the 55-year-old so-called 'same roof' rule, following long-term campaigning by Rape Crisis and its partners on behalf of victims and survivors whose valid claims are being denied.

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights activists tell the CEDAW Committee

Activists have 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. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were among UK women’s rights campaigners in Geneva this week to brief a UN committee of women’s rights experts.

International Women's Day at Beamish

Friday 8 and Sunday 10 March, 11am and 2pm each day, Beamish Museum, County Durham, DH9 0RG

There will be a chance to join in with Suffragette rallies in The 1900s Town at 11am and 2pm each day, as well as a chance to learn about the role of women in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s in the different areas around the museum. The Pit Village school visitors can also make a rosette in suffragette colours and on Sunday 10 March, there will be the singing of women's songs.

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