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(some) Women’s News 16th May 2014

May 20, 2014

Women’s News 16th May 2014
(the info below is extracted from last week’s Equality Updates newsletter (you can see the full newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/UTYtT )

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From ENGENDER

27th May, GLASGOW, 10am – 4pm
29th May, HAMILTON, 10am – 4pm
3rd June, EDINBURGH, 10am – 4pm
11th June, KILMARNOCK, 10am – 4pm
13th June, OBAN, 10am – 4pm
17th June, ABERDEEN, 10am – 4pm
Open Space Workshops: Faith, Family And Community: Women’s Experiences Of Intra-Christian Sectarianism:
Engender is working towards gaining a better understanding of women’s experiences and views of intra-Christian sectarianism. We are holding a series of Open Space workshops to explore women’s experiences of and ideas on the relationship between sectarianism, faith, family and community. So far discussions on women and sectarianism have been focused around football and domestic abuse. The aim of these events is to bring women together to talk about the impact sectarianism has (or doesn’t have) on their lives and how women can work together to make their communities strong and resilient. Events are participative, open to all self-identified women, and we’ll provide lunch and refreshments. We’ll also meet travel expenses, care expenses, and any accessibility requirements (as long as they’re agreed in advance). Book here: http://www.engender.org.uk/content/events/ You can also speak to us at 0131 558 9596 or email us at info@engender.org.uk, to book a place or find out more.

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From INSTITUTE FOR SOCIETY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

21st May, 12pm – 1.30pm, Glasgow Caledonian University
“Battle lines on gender equality impact assessment”
Professor Diane Elson, Visiting Professor to Women in Scotland’s Economy Research Centre, will lead a seminar and roundtable on current approaches to gender impact analysis of public spending and taxation. Prof. Elson will discuss and contrast the approaches and analysis of the UK Women’s Budget Group and House of Commons Library in the current context of public spending cuts and a politics of resistance to gender equality impact analysis at Westminster. The seminar and round-table discussion will consider current methods of assessing the gender impact of budgetary decisions and the additional leverage from human rights assessments and scrutiny processes such as the Committee on CEDAW and recent developments in assessment tools by the SHRC and EHRC Scotland. Part of the GSBS-ISSJR Seminar Series.The venue is room W614, Hamish Wood Building. Please confirm a place at Fiona.Cassidy@gcu.ac.uk.

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND

Rape Crisis News Issue 12 is out now
It’s a vibrant and exciting time for Sexual Violence Prevention work in Scotland, which is being taken forward in a number of different ways with new and imaginative approaches challenging and changing the deep-rooted cultural elements which allow violence against women to thrive. This issue includes perspectives from Sexual Violence Prevention Workers in two rape crisis centres, an account of work White Ribbon Scotland has been doing with men in Scottish prisons, research on young people’s attitudes to sexualisation and porn culture, and a report from Rape Crisis Scotland’s Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator on the Walking The Tightrope conference.
http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/news/rape-crisis-news-issue-12/

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From WISE WOMEN

Wise Women Service Review
Wise Women are currently reviewing the service we provide to women and organisations. Please can you take a few minutes to complete this short evaluation survey below (9 short questions) to help ensure we are providing the best service we can to women and organisations in Glasgow. Click this link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NXGTYD7 – THIS SURVEY IS FOR WORKERS (PAID AND UNPAID) IN CONTACT WITH WISE WOMEN. We have a separate evaluation specifically for women accessing our service and you can contact us on 0141 550 7557 or lorna@wisewomen.org.uk to access a copy. This survey is completely confidential and your reply via Survey Monkey is unconnected to your email address so you will not be identifiable through any feedback you provide. Please reply to our survey by 30th May 2014.

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID

SWA calls upon Scottish Government to review court resource (08/05/14)
Solicitor General Lesley Thomson spoke today (8 May 2014) at the COPFS domestic abuse conference in Glasgow of the need for modernisation of the laws around domestic abuse. She delivered a landmark announcement calling for bespoke legislation for domestic abuse. We believe it is time to address this and look forward to working with the COPFS and other partners in the Scottish criminal justice system to continue to improve the response to domestic abuse. Acknowledgement of the complexity of domestic abuse within a legal context is a positive move which will benefit women…..
http://digbig.com/5bjydb

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From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY

Were you involved in Castlemilk Womanhouse?
GWL is currently working on a project called HOUSE WORK CASTLE MILK WOMAN HOUSE as part of the Scotland-wide festival GENERATION (a celebration of 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland http://generationartscotland.org/) ….
http://womenslibrary.org.uk/2014/05/13/were-you-involved-in-castlemilk-womanhouse/

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

Carers Legislation – Consultation on Proposals: Responses (15/05/14)
Responses from individuals and organisations on proposed legislative measures to further support carers and young carers in Scotland.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/8784

Census 2011: Detailed characteristics on Population and Households in Scotland (15/05/14)
http://digbig.com/5bjybh

Women in science, engineering and technology
(14/05/14)
First Minister presents honorary OBE to Professor Andrea Nolan.
http://digbig.com/5bjybj

Life expectancy and state pensions (12/05/14)
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Life-expectancy-and-state-pensions-c6b.aspx

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From DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA & SPORT

Internet safety campaign launches (13/05/14)
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has welcomed the launch of Internet Matters, a joint internet safety campaign by the 4 main Internet Service Providers.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/internet-safety-campaign-launches

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From TUC

Have you been affected by pregnancy discrimination?
As part of a wider project on discrimination against pregnant women and women on maternity leave, the TUC is keen to hear from women who have been treated unfavourably while pregnant, on maternity… Read the full article at: http://www.tuc.org.uk/node/120182

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From MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Women in combat roles (08/05/14)
The review will start immediately and conclude by the end of 2014.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/women-in-combat-roles

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Commission tells Court of Appeal employers should be more ‘carer-friendly’ to retain staff
(13/05/14)
http://digbig.com/5bjycp

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From OPENDEMOCRACY – 50.50

Muslim women and the Met: Only a pawn in their game (12/05/14)
The attempt by British police to get Muslim women to inform on their friends and relatives as part of a counter-terrorism programme, repeats the police errors of the past and endangers any woman involved, says Yasmin Rehman
http://digbig.com/5bjybm

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From BORDER FORCE

FGM: Border Force targets ‘high risk’ flights at Heathrow to stop female genital mutilation (09/05/14)
Operation Limelight
http://digbig.com/5bjyae

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From EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (FRA)

FRA gives evidence on violence against women to UK human rights parliamentary committee (13/05/14)
http://digbig.com/5bjybw

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From FOREIGN OFFICE

Foreign Office Minister to visit Nigeria (13/05/14)
Following the abduction of over 200 school girls in northern Nigeria on 14 April, Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds will visit Abuja on 14 May for high-level meetings with Nigerian authorities to explore what further assistance and advice the UK can provide in support of Nigeria’s efforts to secure the girls’ release and to deal with the threat posed by the extremist group Boko Haram.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-office-minister-to-visit-nigeria

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From DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

UK calls for action on child and early forced marriage in Mozambique (09/05/14)
http://digbig.com/5bjyad


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