Women's rights

Women who are experiencing domestic abuse are nearly three times as likely to develop mental illness – new research published

Academics at the University of Birmingham have identified a significant association between mental illness and domestic abuse in UK women.

Up until now, there has been confusion whether the mental illness or the abuse came first and very few previous studies have been able to demonstrate the direction of the relationship.

This new study is the first of its kind in the UK to clearly show that the relationship runs both ways and the key findings were:

Childline sees over 6,000 counselling sessions about gender and sexual identity in the past year

Thousands of young people turned to Childline last year for help with issues including coming out and homophobic bullying.

Childline carried out 6,014 counselling sessions with children and young people about issues relating to gender and sexuality last year – on average 16 a day1.

Childline figures from the past 12 months show:

Make it mandatory for employers to take steps against workplace sexual harassment – Young Women’s Trust

Young Women’s Trust has joined forces with the TUC to call on the Government to end workplace sexual harassment by making it mandatory for employers to take preventative steps. The coalition of charities and trade unions is petitioning the minister for women and equalities, Penny Mordaunt, to put a legal duty on employers to take proactive action to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces. 

Young Women’s Trust media manager Bex Bailey said:

Children and Young People’s Policy Worker – Scottish Women’s Aid – Edinburgh

Scottish Women’s Aid is Scotland’s leading voluntary sector organisation working to prevent domestic abuse and promote effective policy and practice responses for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse.  We are the umbrella organisation for 37 autonomous Women’s Aid groups delivering direct services to women, children and young people across Scotland.

Help Stop Women Being Denied Justice After Rape

Women and girls across the country are discovering that if they are raped, there is very little chance of the man who raped them ever being brought to justice.

The catastrophic drop in rape prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service requires immediate action - we're mounting a legal challenge, with End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), against the CPS and we need your help.

New Project - Wise Steps Employability Programme at WHiST

WHiST's new employability programme provides one to one tailored support to enable women to take positive steps towards work and help with accessing employment, training and work experience opportunities as well as support with job search, achieving qualifications and improving health, wellbeing and life chances. If you are interested in signing up to the programme or would like further information please contact Asia Uddin, Employment Coach on 0191 454 6959

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