Women's rights

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

Gender & IoT (Internet of Things)

Gender and Internet of Things (GIoT) is an interdisciplinary project exploring the implications of IoT on gender-based domestic violence and abuse. The project asks how will IoT impact on gender-based domestic violence and abuse and what socio-technical measures will need to be implemented in order to mitigate against those risks?

The GIoT team offers free one-hour training sessions for support services*. In the course of it, you will explore the risks of domestic abuse linked to emerging technologies.

European Union (EU) Settlement Scheme Applications

Do you support women who are European Union (EU) citizens from outside the United Kingdom (UK) living in the UK?  They will need to apply for Settled Status if they want to stay in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. "If you have come to live in the UK from another European Union country (EU) – ACT NOW to ensure you can stay after Brexit. Please visit gov.uk for more information translated into 26 languages.

Report launch: Benefits or barriers? Making social security work for survivors of violence and abuse across the UK’s four nations

Aspects of the social security system undermine the UK Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

Economic abuse is included in a statutory definition of abuse in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill; but the Bill’s potential is undermined by aspects of the benefits system that give additional scope for abusers to misuse benefits (e.g. the Universal Credit single payment) and by failing to meet survivors’ needs.

Read the full report here.

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