Home Office refuses to reveal whether women in Yarl’s Wood have been raped in case it ‘damages the commercial interests’ of companies – The Independent

‘Last year, the chief prisons inspector called Yarl’s Wood ‘a place of national concern’ following concerns over alleged sexual abuse and intimidation of women detained there.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2016

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High heels row: Inquiry launched by MPs following petition – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2016 in employment, inquiries, news, parliament, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Women who have been made to wear high heels at work are being invited to share their experiences with MPs, as part of a new inquiry.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2016

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Independent review into Sharia Law launched – Home Office

Posted May 26th, 2016 in divorce, forced marriages, islamic law, press releases, women by tracey

‘An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.’

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Home Office, 26th May 2016

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The women forced to give birth in front of male prison guards – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2016 in birth, news, pregnancy, prison officers, prisons, privacy, reports, women by tracey

‘The Government is coming under pressure to justify why it imprisons pregnant women and their babies, after a report suggested that the practice can cause significant harm to infants and mothers without benefiting public safety.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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Inside the special prison unit where rehabilitation rules the roost – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in bills, mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics, women by sally

‘HMP New Hall pioneers care and support for women with complex needs. The justice minister, Michael Gove, should sit up and take notice for his prison reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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BSB echoes Bar Council concerns on equality and access to justice – The Bar Council

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2016

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Criminalisation of lesbians on the rise – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 17th, 2016 in crime, foreign jurisdictions, homosexuality, news, reports, women by sally

‘At least 10 countries that previously criminalised only male same-sex sexual conduct have recently expanded their criminal codes to encompass sexual conduct between women, groundbreaking research has discovered.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th May 2016

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Almost half of solicitors in England and Wales are women, study shows – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2016 in costs, diversity, equality, law firms, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Almost half of all solicitors in England and Wales are women and almost a fifth are from non-white backgrounds, according to the latest figures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2016

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Reducing women’s imprisonment: sentencing of mothers – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Ciara O’Neill wrote recently on the Halsbury’s Law Exchange about Michael Gove’s talk on 4 November at the AGM of the Howard League for Penal Reform: “He believes that our sentencing framework needs a complete overhaul…Gove recognised that evidence shows short sentences are more likely than not to lead to recidivism, and that the system needs a more appropriate sentencing framework. This will be based on extensive research into the effectiveness of current sentencing practices.” (“Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM“).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd May 2016

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Pregnant women and new mothers ‘face rising discrimination’ at work – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in employment, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘New and expectant mothers are reporting increasing levels of unfair treatment at work, Citizens Advice has said.’
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BBC News, 2nd May 2016

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ASA launches investigation into gender stereotyping of women in adverts – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The UK advertising watchdog is to launch an investigation to see whether rules about the objectification, sexualisation and stereotyping of women in ads need to be tightened.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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Report: ABSs punch well above their weight – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016

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New time limit planned for pregnant women in detention – Home Office

Posted April 21st, 2016 in asylum, bills, detention, immigration, pregnancy, press releases, time limits, women by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has revealed plans to place a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women.’

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Home Office, 18th April 2016

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Theresa May imposes 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in asylum, detention, immigration, news, pregnancy, time limits, women by sally

‘Campaigners have criticised as disappointing the home secretary’s plan to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women held at immigration detention centres.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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Tiny proportion of stalking cases recorded by police, data suggests – The Guardian

‘Only a tiny proportion of all stalking cases are recorded by police, figures have suggested, leading to calls for more training for police to recognise the crime and provide support to victims.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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From domestic violence to coercive control – OUP Blog

Posted April 8th, 2016 in domestic violence, human rights, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘When a major obstacle is removed to our progress, idealist intellectuals like myself rejoice. I was introduced to one such obstacle in the early l970s, when a woman hiding from her abusive husband in our home told us “violence wasn’t the worst part.” Like the millions of other victimized women we have served in the ensuing years, she understood that the prevailing equation of partner abuse with domestic violence has little relation to her lived experience of oppression.’

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OUP Blog, 8th April 2016

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British Transport Police ends plan to scrap Tube sex crime unit – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in complaints, London, news, police, sexual offences, statistics, transport, women by sally

‘A specialist policing unit which investigates sexual offences on the Tube will not be disbanded the British Transport Police (BTP) has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2016

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Woman abused three young girls by pretending to be man with prosthetic penis – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman sexually abused young teenage girls by pretending to be a man using a prosthetic penis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd March 2016

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Fifth of women harassed at work over pregnancy or flexible hours, report finds – The Guardian

‘Three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination at work and one in nine lose their job as a result, government-commissioned research has found.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

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British women cannot wait 50 years for justice – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2016 in equality, judiciary, legislation, news, quotas, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Men’s domination of the senior echelons of the British judiciary means the law is biased against women. We urgently need gender quotas for women in senior legal roles.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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