Women and health

Female genital mutilation (FGM) intelligence sharing agreement

Law enforcement agencies in the UK and USA have signed an intelligence sharing agreement to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). Signatories including the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Metropolitan Police, Border Force, the FBI, and the US Department of Homeland Security have pledged to share intelligence about travel patterns between the UK and US and other parts of the world where victims may be taken for the procedure. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Open for applications: Women’s mental health peer support grants programme

Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, and Mind are delighted to announce that a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is now open for applications. The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on our experience of peer support approaches that we have seen reach women within their communities and that women value.

Three quarters of sexual violence survivors feel unable to go for potentially life-saving test

New research from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has found three quarters (72%) of women who have experienced sexual violence have not attended or have delayed cervical screening (smear test) because of their experience. New resources being launched by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Rape Crisis England & Wales aim to provide support and information for survivors who want to take up their invitation and increase understanding among health professionals of sexual violence as a barrier to the test.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK have self-harmed, report finds

Last week, The Guardian reported on the latest Children’s Society analysis suggesting that 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming, with one in four girls of this age having deliberately hurt themselves. In figures that show the scale of the mental health crisis affecting young people, the Children’s Survey analysed a survey of 11,000 14-year-olds which found that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys had self-harmed in a year.

Why the number of women dying from drug-related deaths is at a record high

In an article published by iNews, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of Agenda, and Ian Hamilton, lecturer in mental health at the University of York examine the latest ONS figures on drug-related deaths among women in 2017, calling for investment in women-specific services and a joined up approach to women’s substance misuse. 

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