Women and health

Pay back the Tampon Tax to women's sector

Money collected from VAT on period products known as the Tampon Tax was pledged for women's health and support charities in November 2015. Most of the money has instead been awarded to other charities that are not focused on women's health and support and local women's charities are missing out on money which was pledged for them.

Honour the promise and make sure the Tampon Tax money is dedicated to women's charities.

Vivienne Hayes of Women's Resource Centre says:

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland are looking for a Deputy CEO

We are looking for a woman who has experience at management level of leadership in the voluntary or public sector. We are looking for someone who has experience of recruiting, training and line managing staff/volunteers, excellent interpersonal, organisational and time management skills and the ability to motivate others are essential.  This role will provide a strong visible and consistent office presence in our Newcastle based office.


Further information  can be found on the link below 

More than 4,000 women with mental health problems to benefit from peer support – Agenda

Women across England and Wales will get vital mental health support as part of a major new programme launched by mental health charity Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

The £1.8 million programme, called Women Side by Side, will increase the availability of high quality, community-based peer support for women through around 70 projects delivered by specialist organisations across the country.

Brexit risks ‘turning the clock back on gender equality’ – Women’s Budget Group

The first independent report looking at the economic impact of Brexit on women has today been published by the Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society. The report shows the economic impact of Brexit will hit women hard, leading to lost jobs, cuts to services and a squeeze on family budgets.

Nearly 60% of survivors using domestic abuse services are mothers and 1 in 15 are pregnant – Women’s Aid

Nearly 60% survivors accessing domestic abuse support services have children and 1 in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report released by Women’s Aid to coincide with Mother’s Day.

Yet according to the report, The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Annual Audit, domestic abuse services are struggling to cope with demand and provide the level of support that survivors and their children need because of ongoing funding uncertainty and budget cuts.

Developments in the Law on VAW update by Cris McCurley

"The Government has published it’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and while there are things to welcome, the Bill will not make any difference to the lives of survivors of VAWG unless there is significant investment into front line services for women and a reversal of the austerity measures that have seen refuges close. My analysis of the Bill was published in LAG magazine’s February issue and can be read here.

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