Who were the Early Women Naturalists of North East England?

Who were the early women naturalists of North East England?  – An exhibition in the Hancock Library on the second floor of the Museum, open during library open hours until 9th September. Free entry, donations welcome. No booking required, drop in. There are also some evening talks about individual women including Mary Hancock, Kathleen Blackburn, Margaret Dickinson and Grace Hickling.

Rape Crisis and Women's Aid mount legal challenge to Government's cruel two-child tax credit limit policy

Rape Crisis England & Wales and Women's Aid, represented by Karon Monaghan QC and Leigh Day solicitors, are requesting permission to intervene in the Child Poverty Action Group’s legal challenge to the Government’s two-child tax credit limit policy to highlight why this cruel policy must be scrapped. Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis will be representing survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence who are experiencing unlawful and degrading treatment as a result of this policy.

Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector

The aid sector has been aware of sexual exploitation and abuse by its own personnel for years, but it has collectively failed to fully confront or address the problem. The Committee’s Report, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, sets out how the delivery of aid to people and communities in crisis has been subverted by sexual predators who exploit weakened systems of governance. So much more could have been done to tackle this open secret, says the Report: ‘outrage is appropriate but surprise is not.’

MPs call on Government to think again about Universal Credit

The Work and Pensions Select Committee report into Universal Credit and Domestic Abuse highlights an issue facing too many women. There is a real risk that the roll-out of Universal Credit, which combines most benefits into one single payment, could be exploited by abusive and controlling partners. MPs want the Government to look again at the evidence and support the Scottish government to pilot different models of split payments within a clear timetable.

Landmark Victory for Sexual Abuse Survivor Denied Compensation Under Discriminatory 'Same Roof Rule'

On 24th July 2018, senior judges ruled the archaic 'same roof rule', which denies some sexual abuse survivors Criminal Injuries Compensation, is incompatible with human rights law, after one survivor took her case to the Court of Appeal. The woman, who was sexually abused by her stepfather from the ages of 4 to 17, had previously been denied Criminal Injuries Compensation because the abuse took place before 1979 and she had lived with her abuser at the time.

ASA consultation on gender stereotypes

EVAW, Imkaan & Rape Crisis respond to the advertising regulator's request for views on harmful sexism in ads. The Advertising Standards Authority has been consulting on proposed new guidelines to tackle gender stereotypes in advertising. The ASA draft guidelines and a description of the consultation is here. Read this joint consultation response by EVAW, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England and Wales and Rape Crisis South London and do use it to make your own, however long or short.

Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA) has published key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).The research looks at: what is known about children and young people who display HSB; HSB and the internet; effective assessment of children and young people displaying HSB; effective interventions; and preventative approaches.

'Safe and Equal'

Last week, AVA attended the ‘Children as Actors in Transforming Society’ conference in Switzerland where they launched ‘Safe and Equal’ - a guide on young people meaningful participation for the violence against women and girls sector. If you would like to order a copy of the toolkit please visit the AVA website. Downloadable version will be available soon.


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