Mothers Confined – Part 1: Over the threshold? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Research surrounding the imprisonment of women, indeed even the imprisonment of mothers, is not new. A plethora of researchers and scholars have explored the issues surrounding women and criminal justice with passion and tenacity, arguably all of whom have contributed to the evidence-laden pathway culminating in the inspirational and influential 2006 Corston Report.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st July 2015

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‘People got used to younger judges’ says woman who joined the bench at 36 – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in judiciary, news, women by sally

‘Sophie Toms is a deputy district judge who made it on her first attempt. She says shortage of women in the judiciary could be down to confidence issues.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2015

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More than 80 per cent of female inmates locked up for non-violent offences, new figures show – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, women by sally

‘More than 80 per cent of female prisoners have been locked up for non-violent offences such as shoplifting, new figures show, as a drive is launched to clear jails of women who pose no danger to the public.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2015

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Female barristers subjected to shocking levels of rampant sexism, says Bar report – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Shocking levels of rampant sexism still exist among barristers “existing in a children’s playground” who know they can get away with “grossly disrespectful” comments, according to a major Bar Council report.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2015

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Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children ‘sexual play things’ guilty of 23 offences – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in child abuse, conspiracy, gangs, news, rape, sexual offences, social services, women by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of being at the centre of a paedophile ring which set children up as “sexual play-things” over more than a decade.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2015

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Army head condemns ‘unacceptable’ sexual harassment – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in armed forces, complaints, harassment, news, sexual offences, statistics, women by tracey

‘Army chief General Sir Nick Carter says the level of sexual harassment being faced by female soldiers is “totally unacceptable”. In a survey commissioned by the Army, almost 40% of servicewomen said they had received unwanted comments of a sexual nature in the past year.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2015

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Suspended chief constable found guilty of eight misconduct charges – The Guardian

‘A chief constable suspended for a more than a year after being accused of “inappropriate advances” to women has been found guilty of eight charges of misconduct but is to be allowed to return to work.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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Sainsbury’s faces equal pay battle with female shop floor workers – The Guardian

‘Sainsbury’s is facing legal action from four female shopfloor workers who claim they are paid less than men to do equally valuable jobs at the supermarket chain.
The case, which will be the subject of a preliminary hearing at a Birmingham employment tribunal on Friday, comes as a similar legal action involving 6,000 female Asda employees remains to be settled.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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Architect accused by boss of ‘maternity paranoia’ wins £250k payout – Daily Telegraph

‘Tribunal hears Julie Humphryes felt she was being ‘marginalised by the company’ while she was on maternity leave.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2015

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Woman ‘wins £37,000 damages’ after she was strip-searched and left naked by Met police – The Independent

‘A woman, who was forcibly strip-searched by police officers then left naked in a custody cell while cameras broadcast her image, has won £37,000 in damages from the Metropolitan Police, the Guardian has reported.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2015

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UK under fire over ‘incoherent’ approach to domestic violence – The Guardian

‘The British government has been criticised by the UN for lacking “a consistent and coherent” approach to tackling violence against women, warning that its austerity agenda will further undermine the safety of vulnerable individuals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2015

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Gynaecologist Rob Jones: Hundreds of women in legal claim – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2015 in complaints, damages, doctors, news, women by sally

‘Two hundred women treated by a disgraced surgeon have joined a group taking legal action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2015

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Belgravia Auto Valet advert is banned by the ASA for being ‘sexist’ and ‘demeaning to women’ – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘An online advert for a London car wash which showed young bikini-clad women pouring soapy water over themselves has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – after receiving just one complaint.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Yarl’s Wood holding vulnerable women for too long, say monitors – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2015 in detention, immigration, mental health, news, women by sally

‘Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is holding vulnerable women for too long in conditions that are causing them serious distress and are not suitable for those with mental health problems, according to a damning independent report.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2015

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The Law and the Gender Pay Gap – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted May 20th, 2015 in equal pay, gender, news, women by sally

‘Clive Anderson and a panel of senior legal experts discuss the apparent failure of the 1970 Equal Pay Act to bridge the gender pay gap.’
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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 13th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Court of Appeal: female prisoners released to bail hostels are not discriminated against – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 13th, 2015 in bail, news, prisons, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal recently grappled with Approved Premises for women in the case of Coll v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328. The appellant is serving a mandatory life sentence for murder and brought the challenge on the basis that women have been the subject unlawful sex discrimination as a result of the AP regime. It was argued it was both direct and indirect discrimination. In the High Court, Justice Cranston upheld a separate submission that the Secretary of State (SSJ) was in breach of its public sector equality duty (S.149 Equality Act 2010). This finding was not appealed by the SSJ in the Court of Appeal.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th May 2015

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Student sues Oxford over handling of rape complaints – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2015 in complaints, harassment, news, rape, sexual offences, statistics, universities, women by tracey

‘A former Oxford student is launching a legal challenge against the university’s policy on investigating complaints of rape and sexual assault. Elizabeth Ramey, who has chosen to waive her right to anonymity, reported an alleged assault in 2011. There was a police investigation but no prosecution followed because of evidential problems.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2015

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Army recruitment sergeant guilty of sex attacks on young female recruits – The Guardian

‘An army recruitment sergeant has been found guilty of sex attacks on young female recruits.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2015

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‘Beach body ready’ ad ‘can’t appear again in its current form’ says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 30th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, women by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority will establish if the controversial ad for Protein World breaks harm and offence rules or is socially irresponsible.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2015

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