Ending violence against women and girls

Speaking to the women hunger striking at Yarl’s Wood

This International Women's Day, 8 March, a group of migrant and refugee women are staging a mass lobby to demand from parliament the same rights to safety, dignity, and liberty as all women. Their argument? "On the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, let’s not forget those women whose voices are too often not heard.” Their immigration status means that most don’t have the right to vote, but they couldn’t be more directly affected by our government’s actions.

Sex trade survivors win crucial victory: disclosure of soliciting convictions is a ‘disproportionate interference with private life’ and ‘not in accordance with the law’

On 2nd March 2018, The High Court handed down judgment in a ground breaking judicial review brought by three women formerly involved in prostitution, challenging the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Regulations. They argued successfully that the disclosure of their convictions for soliciting is disproportionate and a breach of the right to respect for private life.

Victims' Commissioner launches survey on experiences of the parole process for victims

In response to the John Worboys case, the Justice Secretary’s announced a review of how effectively the parole process involves victims, how transparent the process should be and whether the victim contact scheme is supporting victims in the way that it should. To inform the review, the Victim’s Commissioner has launched a victim survey asking for feedback from victims of how the parole process and Victim Contact Scheme might be more open, and better support them to cope and recover from their crimes.

EVAW: response to Home Secretary's comments on new domestic violence law

In response to the article featured in The Times last week, in which Home Secretary Amber Rudd discussed the progress of what she called the ‘landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill’,  Sarah Green, Co-Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition has said: “We welcome this discussion about domestic violence with the public and new legislation. These are really important issues which, as the Home Secretary highlights, have an extremely harmful impact on women and children across the country.

Gender Responsive Budgeting Resources

A comprehensive set of Gender Responsive Budgeting resources is now available to download and share for free from the Women’s Budget Group. The WBG have been working with Oxfam to see how they can advance the position of women and young people in government budgets, and in partnership with them have produced a new set of Gender Responsive Budgeting resources – including a rough guide and a simple training budget cycle tool.

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)

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