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Victory for Forced Marriage Victims: Southall Black Sisters

The government has announced its decision to stop charging forced marriage victims for their repatriation. Southall Black Sisters said: “We welcome this u-turn by the government: its shameful practice of charging forced marriage victims for their freedom was always an abuse of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us, invariably young, isolated, and destitute. Recovering costs for repatriation from perpetrators is a stance we also fully support.

Women’s Aid responds to Amber Rudd’s speech on Universal Credit and the two child limit

Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said: “We are relieved that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has listened to our concerns and taken the decision to not go ahead with plans to apply the “two child limit” to all families making new Universal Credit claims. We called for the roll out of the two child tax credit limit policy to be urgently halted because we knew it would be dangerous for survivors of domestic abuse.” Read the full response here

NSPCC: Government must recognise children as victims when living with domestic abuse

Department for Education figures for 2017/18 show domestic abuse was a factor in 246,720 child protection assessments across England - more than half of all child protection assessments, where factors were identified, during that period. The government are yet to publish the outcomes of last year's consultation on domestic abuse. Their proposed new definition of domestic abuse only refers to the effects of abuse on those aged 16 and over, leaving younger children unrecognised by the justice system.

Domestic abuse consultation: Scotland

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation seeking feedback on how policy to protect those at risk of domestic abuse might be developed. Proposals include a new protective order banning perpetrators from their homes to keep people at risk safe. The consultation calls for feedback on whether the police and courts should be able to bar perpetrators of domestic abuse from approaching or contacting any children living with the person at risk. The consultation closes on 29 March 2019. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

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.

Looking for contributions to Tyneside Festival of Women

Are you or your organisation planning an event or activity related to Girls and Women? Perhaps you have an idea related to International Women's Day 2019? Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums' 'Women of Tyneside' project are hosting a Festival of Women and are inviting organisations to share their events and activities so they can promote and celebrate collaboratively through a printed programme whihc will be distributed across Tyneside.

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