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2019 NatWest everywoman Awards extended deadline

FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS: TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF BUSINESS

*Entry deadline extended to the 22 July!*

Earlier this year, the Alison Rose Review identified the three biggest opportunities to help female entrepreneurs, which included “…relatable and accessible mentors and networks”.  Since 2003 the NatWest everywoman Awards has been providing exactly this by building a community of the UK’s leading female business owners and connecting them with peers, advisors and investors.

Police and prosecutors accused of 'shutting door' on concerns over rape victims' phone handover policy

Police chiefs and prosecutors have been accused of “shutting the door” on concerns over plans to make rape victim handover their phones, after a meeting with campaigners was cancelled with three hours notice.

The National Police Chiefs Council and Crown Prosecution Service were due to meet with charities including the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) on Friday over a controversial policy that could see rape victims told their cases could be dropped if they refuse to give up their phones for investigation.

2019 NatWest Everywoman Awards - closing date for nominations 8 July

FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS: TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF BUSINESS

Earlier this year, the Alison Rose Review identified the three biggest opportunities to help female entrepreneurs, which included “…relatable and accessible mentors and networks”.  Since 2003 the NatWest everywoman Awards has been providing exactly this by building a community of the UK’s leading female business owners and connecting them with peers, advisors and investors.

Interested in Volunteering at Northumberland Pride 2019?

Fancy becoming part of the amazing Volunteer team and being hands-on at the second Northumberland Pride taking place in Alnwick on 1st June 2019? We need people who are willing to give their time and energy (for all or part of the day), just for the love of Pride – although we can reimburse some types of reasonable expenses. It’s going to be great fun!

Revenge porn laws not fit for purpose

Laws covering so-called revenge porn are not fit for purpose and police still need more training, experts say. Victims should receive anonymity and laws need to include threats to share images, according to Sophie Mortimer from the Revenge Porn helpline.

Figures from 19 forces in England and Wales revealed police investigations have doubled in the last four years but the number of charges has fallen.

The National Police Chiefs Council said forces take the crime "very seriously".

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.

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