Ending violence against women and girls

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.

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