Ending violence against women and girls

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights activists tell the CEDAW Committee

Activists have 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. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were among UK women’s rights campaigners in Geneva this week to brief a UN committee of women’s rights experts.

Relationships & Sex Education: Women's groups welcome progress

The Government has published the final version of the compulsory Relationships and Sex Education guidance which all schools (in England) must use from 2020. Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “We are very pleased to see that the Government has listened to women’s groups’ concerns about their initial proposals, and has made significant changes to the statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, including significantly better guidance on FGM, forced marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence.

Festival of Feminist Ideas and Action 2019 - final programme

The Gender and Society Research Hub have organised this fantastic Festival of events to mark International Women’s Day, 2019. This year’s theme is ‘visual feminism’ and the Festival kicks off in splendid style on Thurs 7 March, with our very own Carol Stephenson and Katy Jenkins, with Jean Spence, talking about activists’ use of photography in activism.

Funding: Whole Housing Programme opportunity

DAHA (Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance), as well as other partners, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government to deliver an innovative Whole Housing project in three pilot sites across England. They are working in partnership with domestic abuse and housing systems leaders to establish comprehensive housing practices in relation to domestic abuse. Project work is already underway in London and Cambridgeshire.

Jobs: Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is recruiting a Data Analyst: part-time, 4 days per week until May 2020. Salary: £18,212 (4 days) (FTE pt £22,462). Overtime sometimes available. RCTN are looking for a woman who has a genuine enthusiasm for all forms of data who enjoys discovering information that will help identify future trends.  You must be qualified to GCSE level and have a minimum of two years’ experience of designing/developing Access databases. You must also have an understanding of confidentiality and how to handle sensitive issues.

Jobs: Aspire

Aspire is recruiting a Marketing, Media and Communications Officer – National Lottery Community Fund: 10 hours per week, salary range £18 – 22k per annum (pro-rata). This part-time position will be responsible for producing and implementing a marketing, communication and public relation strategy primarily for The Supporting Sisters’ Programme, undertaking similar tasks in other areas of Aspire’s work as appropriate.

Female offending and brain injury: 62% reported they had sustained their brain injury through domestic violence

The Disabilities Trust, in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, has launched the results of the first study of its kind into brain injury in female offenders.  The report ‘Making the link: Female offenders and brain injury’ recommends a support pathway be put in place to manage the health, cognitive and behavioural issues which may impact on likelihood of reoffending.


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