Women and economy

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights, UN is told

During the commitee examination of the UK on its progress in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from Sisters of Frida, told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services.

Update on CEDAW from Women's Resource Centre

At the end of February, CEO of WRC Vivienne Hayes went to Geneva along with members of the North East's CEDAW working group, to lead on WRC's input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

After the collaborative efforts of numerous women’s organisations in preparation of the UK government’s examination at the United Nations on their progress in achieving all women’s rights, the UN have released their recommendations (see the link below). 

Women are bearing the brunt of the Government’s inaction on social care

Women are bearing the brunt of the Government’s inaction on social care, says Age UK, with ‘sandwich carers’ especially badly hit

On International Women’s Day 2019 Age UK warns that women are generally being hurt the most by the lack of care and support

‘Sandwich carers’ are under particular pressure and most (68%) are women

This International Women’s Day marks the 2nd anniversary of the Government’s broken promise to fix social care with a Green Paper

Young Women's Film Academy - Seeking two Trustees to support and develop a young and unique charity

The Young Women’s Film Academy (YWFA) is unique in being the only dedicated film academy for young women in the UK, and is based in Newcastle. The YWFA includes both short-term outreach film projects working with young women in communities across the North East, as well as an on-going Saturday Club enabling young women aged 12 years and over the opportunity to be introduced and eventually well-skilled in filmmaking. The films produced are then used to highlight issues of oppression or difficulty to other young women in the region.

Funding: Rosa

Rosa’s Voices From the Frontline grant programme is now open for applications. This fund supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK. It resources advocacy, campaigning and activists with lived experience of injustice and inequality – giving voice especially to women facing intersecting disadvantages including race, class, sexuality, disability, poverty or migration status.

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