Women's rights

Update from Activate

We wanted to give you a bit of an update about what’s been going on at Activate. Well we have been busy and as the UK braced for a lockdown amidst the pandemic we wanted to take stock of what we have done so far and find reasons to celebrate.
 
Looking back at our achievements:

Helplines Open during the Cornavirus Outbreak

You don’t need to suffer abuse in isolation. These helplines are still open to support you even during the Corona outbreak.

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, 0800 035 2794, Monday - Thursday (6pm - 8.30pm), Friday (11am - 2pm)

Angelou Centre, local BME Women’s organisation, 0191 226 0394

Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service, 0191 214 6501, 24-hour

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline, 0800 999 5428, Monday and Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm/ Wednesday to Thursday, 10:00am - 8:00pm

National Domestic Abuse Helpline, 0808 2000 247, 24-hour

Abortion Rights’ Reaction to the Department of Health’s Unexplained U-Turn on Abortion Access During the Current Public Health Crisis

Abortion Rights sent out a Press Release expressing its satisfaction with measures announced that would facilitate at-home early medical abortions during the coronavirus crisis, by allowing women to take both abortion pills at home without requiring them to attend a clinic first.

Womens Resource Centre campaigns - sign up

At Women's Resource Centre, we are taking action to save our sector and save women's lives. Women's specialist charities reach women that other services simply cannot and these organisations are best placed to protect them and meet their needs. 

But they are heading towards crisis point. The Coronavirus outbreak is having huge impact on service delivery whilst the demand for these services is set to triple.

There are 3 things you can do to help us amplify the voices of women to ensure our rights and our lives are not forgotten.

Covid-19: Gender and other Equality Issues

Key Points - there will be regular updates in this fast-moving situation.
• Covid-19 is a global public health crisis and an economic crisis which impacts on different groups including
women, BAME communities and disabled people, differently. Therefore, a response that takes into account
different groups’ positioning in society and in the economy is necessary:
• The Government must support businesses to continue paying their staff if they cannot operate.
• Both eligibility for, and rate of, Statutory Sick Pay must increase.

Economic abuse and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The situation is changing rapidly in the UK as the government implements measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Recommended measures such as limiting social contact, not going to work and self-isolating at home can have implications if you are experiencing economic abuse. You may be worried about your physical safety and your economic situation.
This resource is designed to support your economic wellbeing and your safety if you are living with someone who abuses you. It also contains information on financial support that is available.

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