Women's rights

Researching women and the justice system in the West End of Newcastle

Ana Speed is a solicitor and PhD student at Northumbria University. Her doctorate focusses on barriers women face engaging with the justice system. As part of this, she is carrying out a study into perceptions of access to justice for women in the West-End of Newcastle and the role that community and religious organisations play in supporting their female service users in legal disputes.

For women especially ‘levelling up’ means investment in people, not just roads and rail

After months of speculation, the government has given HS2 – a high speed railway connecting the North and South of England and costing an estimated £100 billion – the green light. Investment in this physical infrastructure are welcome: but if this new government is committed to ‘levelling up’ underfunded regions it is not just high speed railways and buses that are needed but investment in social infrastructure. Read the full blog here

Request from North Tyneside Labour Party Women's Forum for BAME contributors to IWD film

North Tyneside Labour Part Women's Forum member Michelle Fox has volunteered to make a short film for an International Women's Day event to be hosted in North Tyneside about the challenges facing women (including LGBTQ+) and how we, as activists, can help and support them to tackle and overcome these challenges. 

Talking About UK Poverty Toolkit

We’ve taken the launch of our new UK Poverty report as an opportunity to release a new edition of our Talking About Poverty toolkit. This straightforward guide gives you the key messages from our latest content and findings and is designed to support you – our friends and allies campaigning to turn the tide on UK poverty – to prepare a quality response, tell a well-framed story on the issues you’re concerned about, and join us to call for action. Together, we can be a collective voice for change that’s impossible to ignore.

 

What Next for Activate

The Activate Team plan to follow up on their North East launch events in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. 

"We hope the events provided you with a source of energy - energy that we’d love for you to channel into Activate! Help us champion female community activists to stand for office. Help us renew politics so that it is more reflective of the society we live in. It is time! Here are the things you can do to help:

Are the Equality Act 2010 and CEDAW working for the women’s voluntary & community sector in England?

In March 2019, the CEDAW Committee published a set of recommendations on how the UK could better protect and promote women's rights. The UK and devolved governments have until 2023 to implement these recommendations before they must report back to the UN on progress made, although three overarching recommendations and one surrounding Brexit must be reported on in 2021.

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