Women's rights

Victorian activist Jospehine Butler documentary Night of Years now available online

This is a new documentary about the life and work of early feminist Josephine Butler. You can view it online at https://vimeo.com/262196971

Josephine gave a voice to women who were being exploited and treated barbarically as part of the Contagious Diseases Acts. She also shone a light on the sexual trafficking of women and girls in the later hall of the 19th century. She is now largely forgotten, but the work she did still has resonances today.

Calling NE Union reps and officials - have you dealt with a domestic violence case?

Dr Gemma Wibberley, Dr Carol Jones and Dr Tony Bennett, staff at UCLAN and Sheffield Hallam University, are exploring the role that trade unions can play if an employee is a victim / survivor of domestic violence, and how it impacts wwithin workplaces. Supported by TUC as part of their 150th anniversary.

If you are a union representative or officer that has taken part in a domestic violence case please help our research supported by the Northern TUC women’s committee. It’s completely confidential but your experiences and thoughts are valuable to us. 

More than half of women MPs faced discrimination standing for parliament, finds Young Women’s Trust

More than half of current women MPs say they faced gender discrimination during their selection or election, according to a ComRes poll for Young Women’s Trust. 

The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that 55 per cent of women MPs were treated less well when trying to get into parliament because of their gender. Labour MPs were the most likely to report gender discrimination (24 per cent of all Labour respondents), followed by Conservative MPs (21 per cent of all Conservative respondents). 

Women earn £223,000 less than men in their lifetime, finds YWT

Women earn £223,000 less than men over the course of a lifetime, according to a Young Women’s Trust analysis released ahead of next week’s gender pay gap reporting deadline.

The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, analysed Office for National Statistics data and found that the pay gap exists from the moment young women start work. Women aged 22 to 29 can expect to earn on average £1,550 less a year than male colleagues, rising to £7,600 each year when they are in their 50s.

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