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Join the Knicker Revolution!

The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is #pressforprogress, progress for equality for all, progress for ending violence against women, girls and other vulnerable people. Newcastle has been at the forefront of women’s radical action, from the Suffragettes plotting to break windows as they drank tea in Fenwick’s café in the 1900s, to the first Women’s Liberation conference held outside London in the 1970s, to being one of only four British cities to host a Slutwalk in 2011.

‘Stepping up’ – Women in Leadership An NOCN Level 2 Certificate with the TUC

Come and join our exciting new Women in leadership programme – ‘stepping up’ course, for those wishing to develop their leadership positions within the trade union movement, or build their CV skills to advance into leadership roles within their organisation and communities. This course for Women trade unionists, will be delivered in the TUC’s Northern region over 5 days between February and September 2018 and will require some online learning and development too. This will require a level of commitment to achieve an NOCN level 2 Certificate qualification on completion.

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland: 40th Anniversary Firewalk

This year, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is 40 years old! RCTN have a whole year of fundraising events planned, including a FIREWALK! They are thrilled to host their THIRD firewalk this March 2018 after such a fantastic response from you all in 2016 and 2017. Join them at The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 27th March for a night to remember! It is £25 to do the firewalk and entirely free to watch - so bring your friends and family for moral support!

Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect

This week, the Ministry of Justice announced that as of the 8th January 2018, victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court. Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers.

Girls are more than twice as likely as boys to experience ‘emotional problems'

Following the publication of a new report about mental health problems in young people aged 11 to 14, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “New research showing that one in four girls say they experience emotional problems is yet more evidence of a growing mental health crisis among girls and young women. Although the drivers of mental ill health are complicated, we can’t ignore the fact that poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to violence an

Women's Aid petition

In October 2017 the Government launched plans for the future of refuge funding in 2020 which Women’s Aid are warning will dismantle the national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk. Women’s Aid are issuing an urgent SOS call to Government to rethink these proposals and save refuges, save lives. Find out more about the campaign on the Women’s Aid website, and sign the petition here

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