Women's rights

Festival of Women callout

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums’ ‘Women of Tyneside’ project are hosting a Festival of Women from March-June 2019. TWAM are inviting organisations of share their events and activities so they can promote and celebrate collaboratively through the printed programme which will be distributed across Tyneside early next year. Deadline for submission of information: 15th January 2019.  

Female Offenders Funding Expression of Interest - deadline now!

The Ministry of Justice is offering up to £650,000 in resource funding for 2018/19 for investment in female offender services. Expressions of Interests are invited for projects which could benefit from a resource funding grant, and which meet the funding criteria. Projects must be aligned with, and further the aims of, the female offender strategy, and you need approval from your National Probation Service’s Divisional Director.

Police to stop passing on immigration status of crime victims

Police will cease to automatically pass information about people suspected of being in the country illegally to deportation authorities if they come forward as victims of crime, according to a new policy hammered out in the wake of the Windrush scandal, the Guardian has learned. These changes were made possible by the work of migrant women survivors, black-led VAWG organisations including Southall Black Sisters and Latin American Women’s Rights Service, and campaigners. Follow the #StepUpMigrantWomen campaign. 

From the Margin to the Centre: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Alternative Bill

This document is proposed as the alternative bill to the government’s forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill 2018 and presents a summary of the key proposals. This bill is based on a deep understanding of the lived experiences of all those subjected to violence against women and girls (VAWG). It calls for a transformative response that is embedded in an equalities and human rights-based approach, and which is consistent with international and regional conventions and the laws of this country that reinforce the Public Sector Duty against discrimination of any kind. 

7 January - Our Work: Have your say ~ Equality and Human Rights Commission – Consultation closes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC would like to hear your views about their draft strategic plan (their work plan for the next three years).

"We have set out strategic goals and priority aims in the draft plan. Your views on how we prioritise and achieve these aims are very important to us.

Rape Trials and Sexual History Evidence: Reforming the Law on Third-Party Evidence

Despite repeated legislative attempts to restrict the use of sexual history evidence in rape trials, it continues to be admitted in many cases, causing considerable debate and leading to further attempts to reform the law. In this light, this article examines afresh the admissibility of sexual history evidence in rape trials. It focuses particularly on evidence relating to persons other than the accused (third-party evidence), following the recent controversial judgment of the Court of Appeal in R v Ched Evans where such evidence was introduced.

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