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Upskirting a crime now after campaign

Upskirting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales after a campaign by a woman targeted at a music festival.

Offenders will face up to two years in prison for taking an image or video under somebody's clothing in order to see their genitals or underwear.

Gina Martin, who led the calls for change, said she hoped the change in law would help people "feel comfortable" to report such crimes.

It is already a specific crime in Scotland but not in Northern Ireland.

Shamshad Iqbal wins top award and Umme Imam honoured

On the eve of International Women’s Day Ben Hoare Bell solicitors were so happy to attend the IKWRO True Honour awards in London, having nominated Shamshad for an award in recognition of the amazing work she has done for literally decades to advocate for women and children who are victims of abuse. We knew she was going to win one of the awards, but she actually won the top award of the night as the Judges declared that they had been deeply impressed by the testimonials that they had received.

Crime commissioner welcomes new law on upskirting

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has welcomed moves to make upskirting a crime (Northumberland Gazette, January 28th 2019). New legislation was backed by the House of Lords last week which will see upskirting become a criminal offence, with a two-year prison sentence. Speaking after the bill was approved, Dame Vera said: “There is no doubt that the lack of an upskirting offence has caused inconsistent approaches by police and prosecutors, as well as leaving victims unsure of their rights.

Last chance to see Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition – ends Sunday 3 February

Don’t miss your chance to see this crowdsourced exhibition reflecting on those who campaigned for better representation in the past; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes.  This Family Friendly exhibition questions how far we have really come in 100 years, giving a platform to individuals and communities who are still fighting to make their voices heard today.  Listen to our six part 

Voices of Resilience: Migrant and Refugee Women in Europe (a LAWRS documentary)

On International Migrants Day in 2018, Latin American Women's Rights Service launched their short documentary titled: “Voices of resilience: Migrant and Refugee women in Europe” which highlights the experiences of migrant women in the UK, Spain, Poland and Italy and shares their experiences and calls for change.

A Necessary Woman - performances in Morpeth and Newbiggin

 Census Night, 1911
Suffragette Emily Davison is hiding in a cleaning cupboard beneath the Palace of Westminster. Emily Plans a daring act in Parliament for Monday morning, but with a greater police presence and security tighter than usual, will she achieve her ambition before she's caught and returned to prison?
Based on a true event to celebrate the 2018 suffrage centenary. Look in the Events section for details of performances at New Life Christian Centre Morpeth on 11th September and Newbiggin Maritime Centre on 12th September.

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