Women's rights

Forced marriage: mandatory reporting

The Home Office has called for responses to a proposed mandatory reporting duty requiring professionals to report cases of forced marriage. Questions for consideration include: the introduction of a mandatory reporting duty on forced marriage; what types of cases should be reported under a new duty; which age groups should be subject to a mandatory reporting duty; which professionals should the duty apply to and to whom reports should be made. The consultation closes at 11pm on 23 January 2019.

Minister for Women and Equalities announces a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has announced a fundamental shift in focus for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) which will include putting marginalised women at the heart of its work on gender.

Ms Mordaunt said that the GEO has made significant progress in working towards closing the gender pay gap, getting women into work and being a driving force behind getting more women on boards in top companies, but that often low-paid, low-skilled women were left out of the conversation.

Background to the 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November to 10 December

25 Nov International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
01 Dec World AIDS Day
06 Dec Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
10 Dec International Human Rights Day

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25th November

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! 

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