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CEDAW in the North East - online consultation

Following the cancellation of the CEDAW in the North East event on 28th February, the Women's Resurce Centre is inviting women to share their views in an online consultation. All of the presentations from the day can be seen on the CEDAW page on the website and also as separate posts in the weekly e-bulletin.

We are interested to know:

·         Key issues for women in the North East  (with sources of evidence where possible)

Joint Serious Case Review into sexual exploitation published

On Friday 23rd February the Joint Serious Case Review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle Upon Tyne was published. The Joint Serious Case Review was commissioned to learn from Newcastle’s experience in October 2015 as there was growing awareness of sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and girls on a large scale across the city. The report covers sexual exploitation in Newcastle from 2007 to 2015 through the experiences of eight victims – both women and girls – with a broad range of backgrounds.

Some of its main findings are:

Supreme Court Worboys Case: Clear and Final Ruling – Police must investigate rape properly & failing to do so breaks the law

The End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), NIA, Rape Crisis England & Wales and Southall Black Sisters (SBS) – four women’s groups who intervened in a Supreme Court case where the Met Police and Home Secretary tried to argue that the police cannot be held to account when they fail to investigate serious crimes adequately – are delighted at the 21 February historic ruling by the Supreme Court which makes clear that the police must investigate rape properly to ensure human rights are protected. The women’s groups paid tribute to the victims of John Worboys who have fought this case

Jobs: Safe In Tees Valley

Safe in Tees Valley has been commissioned to manage the Teesside SARC and develop and deliver a new and exciting regional Crisis Service to support all victims engaging with the Teesside, Durham and Northumbria/Tyne & Wear SARCs. They are recruiting for the following positions:

Sisters Uncut storm the BAFTAS

Sisters Uncut stormed the BAFTA red carpet to protest Theresa May’s upcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, which they say will criminalise survivors while distracting from devastating funding cuts to domestic violence services nationwide. A group of activists from Sisters Uncut jumped onto the carpet as celebrities were arriving at the ceremony wearing t-shirts declaring “Time’s Up Theresa.” While laying on the red carpet, they chanted “the DV Bill’s a cover-up, Theresa May your time is up.” Read the full press release on the Sisters Uncut website

Rosa launch Equality and Justice Fund

Rosa, the only UK-Wide Fund for Women and Girls, has launched the new Justice and Equality Fund, which they will host and manage. Inspired by the phenomenal #metoo campaign and TIME’S UP movement, this initiative is being launched by a group of women in the entertainment industry, in collaboration with women’s organisations and activists in the UK. Research shows that over half of women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment at work, and this reflects cultural and systemic problems that need bold solutions.

Jobs: A Way Out, Stockton

An exciting opportunity has arisen within A Way Out for a Business Development Manager who will play a crucial part in the delivery of the business plan and funding strategy to maintain and grow the organisation (Permanent contract, 15 hours/week, £30,892 pro rata). The post holder will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) working in partnership with the CEO to identify new business and funding opportunities. As part on an income generation strategy the Business Development Manager will be responsible for securing income through trusts and gran

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