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Orange the World: #HearMeToo – UN Theme for 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women 2018

This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” aims to support women and girls around the world who are coming together in a global movement of solidarity against the historic power imbalances in which sexual harassment and other forms of violence are so deeply rooted.

Jobs: My Sister’s Place

My Sister’s Place, Middlesbrough is recruiting for a Community Development Worker (Domestic Abuse) to support delivery of their early intervention and prevention work. This is a full time (37 hours per week) post. Job share and secondment opportunities would be considered. Fixed-term for 12 months with a view to extending subject to funding, NJC Scale 6: SCP26 - £23,866 - £25,463 per annum. Closing date: Friday, 30th November 2018. 

Women’s Aid: A Bill for Survivors

Women’s Aid has released new statistics revealing that domestic abuse services are being forced to run their vital therapeutic support without any dedicated funding, while survivors desperate for help are unable to access the support they need to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic abuse. The government is set to announce draft legislation for its domestic abuse bill at any moment.

EVAW on John Gillen review: Call for legal representation for victims welcomed

Responding to the publication of the John Gillen Review initial findings and recommendations on the justice system’s response to serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland, Sarah Green, Co-Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “John Gillen’s review is a compelling read. He has not been afraid to talk to all interested parties, to name some of what has been unsayable around rape trials, and to make bold recommendations.His recognition that “rape myths” are a reality and a serious problem in rape trials is very welcome.

AVA Seminar: Tackling Violence & Abuse Against Disabled Women and Girls

The intersection of disability and violence against women and girls is one that is not spoken about often enough. On November 28th 1:30-4:30pm, AVA will address this with a free seminar, which will be live streamed on AVA’s Instagram @avaproject_ in order to improve access. As part of UN Women’s 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls, AVA are hosting a seminar which will raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled women and girls suffering from gender based violence.

Forced marriage: mandatory reporting

The Home Office has called for responses to a proposed mandatory reporting duty requiring professionals to report cases of forced marriage. Questions for consideration include: the introduction of a mandatory reporting duty on forced marriage; what types of cases should be reported under a new duty; which age groups should be subject to a mandatory reporting duty; which professionals should the duty apply to and to whom reports should be made. The consultation closes at 11pm on 23 January 2019.

Criminal exploitation

Ofsted has published findings from three joint targeted area inspections which investigated the multi-agency response to child exploitation and children missing from home, care or education in spring 2018. Key findings include: all children are vulnerable to exploitation, regardless of perceived vulnerabilities; agencies should learn from past child sexual exploitation cases; children's needs and safety must be prioritised.

Minister for Women and Equalities announces a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has announced a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) which will include putting marginalised women at the heart of its work on gender.

Ms Mordaunt said that the GEO has made significant progress in working towards closing the gender pay gap, getting women into work and being a driving force behind getting more women on boards in top companies, but that often low-paid, low-skilled women were left out of the conversation.

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