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Developments in the Law on VAW update by Cris McCurley

"The Government has published it’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and while there are things to welcome, the Bill will not make any difference to the lives of survivors of VAWG unless there is significant investment into front line services for women and a reversal of the austerity measures that have seen refuges close. My analysis of the Bill was published in LAG magazine’s February issue and can be read here.

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.

Creative writing with women survivors

Are you a woman survivor of sexual violence who has already attended one of our groups and is interested in creative writing in a safe, facilitated space? This group might be for you. Over 6 weeks we will explore storytelling with author and creative writing tutor, Tracey Iceton.

Each session will focus on a different aspect of writing, using easy and creative exercises. You can choose whether to write about yourself or about something completely different, the choice is yours.

National Sexual Violence Fund 19/20

The Home Office is seeking to award grant funding to non-statutory sector organisations in England and Wales to provide support to victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence.

Funding of £150k will be awarded for a period of 11 months. If successful, the voluntary sector organisation(s) will be allocated funding centrally via a Grant Agreement from the Home Office.

You can find details on the contract finder page by clicking the button below. 

Support Southall Black Sisters & Latin American Womens Rights Service #ProtectionForAll

Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting #ProtectionForAll: Domestic Abuse Bill and Migrant Women on the 18th of March in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the Domestic Abuse Bill and put forward amendments which uphold migrant women’s human rights to safety and justice.

SBS and LAWRS are calling for:

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights, UN is told

During the commitee examination of the UK on its progress in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from Sisters of Frida, told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services.

Update on CEDAW from Women's Resource Centre

At the end of February, CEO of WRC Vivienne Hayes went to Geneva along with members of the North East's CEDAW working group, to lead on WRC's input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

After the collaborative efforts of numerous women’s organisations in preparation of the UK government’s examination at the United Nations on their progress in achieving all women’s rights, the UN have released their recommendations (see the link below). 

Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum - free online training

National Autistic Society (NAS) has an online training module about Women and Girls available free until the end of March.

This module aims to provide an insight into the potential differences experienced by autistic women and girls. The module takes approximately 120 minutes to complete and it includes a range of interactive features, such as exercises and scenario-based learning, reflective activities, short film/clips and questions to ask.  This module has been CPD Accredited and a certificate is available to download on completion of the course.

RCEW: Ministry of Justice funding announcement

Forty-three Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) member Centres have been awarded funding by the Ministry of Justice on 22nd March 2019. Formerly known as the Rape Support Fund, this money has funded some core costs and provided some much-needed stability for specialist Rape Crisis Centres for a number of years. The three-year awards announced will continue to be used by RCEW members in this way.

Kundalini Yoga for women survivors of sexual violence: Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

6-30-7.45pm: Thursday 18th April – Thursday 11th July, central Newcastle. This 12 week group is an opportunity for women from Tyneside and Northumberland who have experienced sexual violence to practice simple yoga. The sessions will take place in central Newcastle with Jerry, our teacher who is fully-trained in trauma-informed kundalini yoga. If you are interested in this yoga class, please contact jhutchinson@rctn.org.uk for further details.

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