Women's rights

UK's welfare system is cruel and misogynistic, says UN expert after damning report on poverty

Last week, The Times reported that Britain’s welfare system is so sexist it may as well have been compiled by “a group of misogynists in a room,” a UN expert has claimed. Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, warned that poverty in the UK is a “political choice” and that compassion and concern had been “outsourced” in favour of tax cuts for the rich. Alston was particularly critical of universal credit

High Court Strikes Down Home Office Decision to Cut Support for Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

On the 8th November 2018, The High Court declared the decision of the Home Office to cut weekly benefits to asylum seeking victims of trafficking by over 40% – from £65 to £37.75 per week – to be unlawful. More than 1,000 victims of trafficking were affected by the cut that was unilaterally implemented by the Home Office without consultation with the affected victims or their support providers. More information here

Jobs: Northumbria PCC

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Dame Vera Baird QC, and Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Winton Keenen have a Joint Independent Audit Committee that meets 4 times a year to consider the financial issues and governance, assurance, risk management, regulatory frameworks and statutory financial duties for both the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Chief Constable.

The Girls Network looking for North East women mentors

The Girls' Network works with schools to match 14-19 year old girls with strong female professionals to act as a mentor to increase confidence, aspirations and self belief. Most girls are influenced by the people closest to them, if they do not see women in challenging and rewarding jobs in varied roles they are unable to have the self belief needed to aspire to these roles themselves. You can't be what you can't see! 

Rape Crisis & other women's rights groups call on MPs to back Abortion Bill

On 23rd October 2018, Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on a Ten-Minute Rule Bill to take abortion out of the criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is a key measure for protecting the right to access abortion services, particularly for women in abusive or controlling relationships. The End Violence Against Women Coalition, the Fawcett Society, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England & Wales, Southall Black Sisters and Women’s Aid Federation of England support this bill and ask MPs to vote in favour.

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