Gender inequality at the senior Bar – The Future of Law

Posted April 25th, 2014 in barristers, equality, judiciary, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘On 12 March 2014 Lord Neuberger gave the Rainbow Lecture on Diversity. The lecture concluded with an explicit reference to the duty of all those involved in the legal profession and judiciary to improve the inclusiveness of the legal world.’

Full story

The Future of Law, 24th April 2014

Source: www.futureoflaw.lexisnexis.co.uk

Comments Off

Supermarket staff could win millions in equal pay cases – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2014 in compensation, employment, equality, news, remuneration, women by sally

‘Supermarkets may have to pay millions of pounds in higher wages and back pay to store staff, mainly women, if test cases for equal pay being brought by 400 workers are successful.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Young women lawyers – stop feeling so entitled and get on with it, says top female judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2014 in judges, legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Dame Anne Rafferty, an Appeal Court judge, has said that girls today have a sense of entitlement that stops them from getting on with their jobs.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): Coll v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted March 20th, 2014 in law reports, prisons, release on licence, sex discrimination, women by tracey

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): Coll v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening); [2013] EWHC 4077 (Admin);   [2014] WLR (D)  136

‘The Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated, directly or indirectly, in the performance of his functions of providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence.’

WLR daily 19th December 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Comments Off

Napoli v Ministero della Giustizia – Dipartimento dell’Amministrazione penitenziaria – WLR Daily

Posted March 12th, 2014 in EC law, employment, equality, law reports, public interest, sex discrimination, women by tracey

Napoli v Ministero della Giustizia – Dipartimento dell’Amministrazione penitenziaria: (Case C-595/12);   [2014] WLR (D)  115

‘Article 15 of Parliament and Council Directive 2006/54/EC precluded national legislation which, on grounds relating to the public interest, excluded a woman on maternity leave from a vocational training course which formed an integral part of her employment and which was compulsory in order to be able to be appointed definitively to a post as a civil servant and in order to benefit from an improvement in her employment conditions, while guaranteeing her the right to participate in the next training course, the date of which was nevertheless uncertain. Article 14(2), which provided that a difference of treatment based on a characteristic relating to sex did not constitute discrimination in relation to particular occupational activities, did not apply since the national legislation did not limit a specified activity solely to male workers but only delayed access to that activity for female workers who had been unable to receive full vocational training as a result of compulsory maternity leave. Both articles 14(1)(c) and 15 were sufficiently clear, precise and unconditional to have direct effect.’

WLR Daily, 6th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Comments Off

Psychological abuse ‘should be a made crime’ – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2014 in domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘Psychological abuse should be made a crime in England and Wales in order to save more victims of domestic violence, campaigners have said.’

Full story

BBC News, 5th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Development bill to tackle gender inequality poised to become law – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2014 in bills, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A private member’s bill to force the UK government to consider the impact of its overseas aid spending on reducing gender inequality is poised to become law after passing its third reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday.’

Full story

The Guardian, 4th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Rape of vulnerable women ‘has been effectively decriminalised’ – The Independent

‘Rape of vulnerable women, especially those with learning difficulties, has effectively been “decriminalised”, according to a research academic employed by the country’s largest police force.’

Full story

The Independent, 28th February 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

Joanna Dennehy: serial killer becomes first woman told by judge to die in jail – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2014 in murder, news, sentencing, women by sally

‘Joanne Dennehy has become the first woman ordered to die behind bars by a judge, who told the murderer of three men she was “a cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer”.’

Full story

The Guardian, 28th February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Women prisoners ‘coerced into sex with staff’ – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2014 in harassment, news, prison officers, prisons, reports, women by sally

‘Female prisoners in England and Wales have been coerced into having sex with staff in return for favours such as alcohol and cigarettes, a report says.’

Full story

BBC News, 25th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

‘Offensive’ nude scanner app ad shown during soap banned – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2014 in advertising, children, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘A TV advert for a “nude scanner” mobile phone app has been banned after it was shown during a prime-time show.’

Full story

BBC News, 19th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

‘Petite’ firearms officer wins sex discrimination case because gun was too big for her hands – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2014 in appeals, firearms, news, police, sex discrimination, tribunals, women by sally

‘Victoria Wheatley, part of the armed unit which protects the Sellafield atomic complex, could not reach her weapon’s trigger’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

Dennehy murder case: Why do women kill? – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2014 in murder, news, recidivists, women by sally

‘Two men have been found guilty of aiding triple murderer Joanna Dennehy. What makes her case so rare, and why do women kill?’

Full story

BBC News, 12th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Women bishops law: Church asked to back fast-track scheme – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2014 in Church of England, equality, news, women by tracey

‘The general synod will be asked to approve plans later which could see the first woman bishop in the Church of England appointed by Christmas. It will be asked to fast-track the revision of the latest proposals and to cut the time given to individual dioceses to consider them. That could lead to a final vote in July and legislation in November.’

Full story

BBC News, 11th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Bullying in armed forces on rise, MoD figures reveal – The Guardian

‘Shocking official figures reveal a surge in the incidence of bullying in the armed forces, with one in 10 military personnel claiming to have been the victim of “discrimination, harassment or bullying in a service environment” during the past year.’

Full story

The Guardian, 1st February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Handling of female asylum seekers ‘puts UK to shame’ – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2014 in asylum, detention, human rights, immigration, news, rape, statistics, torture, women by sally

‘The hidden plight of women asylum seekers detained in Britain is exposed today as a major new report warns that female rape and torture victims are being locked up indefinitely, suffering from depression and being intimidated by male guards.’

Full story

The Independent, 29th January 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

Lord Rennard cleared of sexually harassing Liberal Democrat women and says he wants his job back – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2014 in burden of proof, harassment, news, political parties, professional conduct, women by tracey

‘Lord Rennard has been cleared of sexually harassing Liberal Democrat party workers despite an independent review finding “broadly credible” evidence he “violated” the personal space of women.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th Janaury 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

One in 10 women have been forced into sex against their will, Lancet study says – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2013 in consent, news, rape, reports, women by tracey

‘One in 10 women in Britain admit they have been forced into having sex against their will, the most comprehensive survey of Britons’ sexual behaviour for decade reveals today, prompting a warning from researchers that sexual coercion may have become “normalised”. The findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) survey, which questioned 15,000 people aged 16 to 74, also show that the proportion of women saying they have been victims of sexual coercion is more than double that of those who say they have been victims of rape.’

Full story

The Guardian, 26th November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

MoD pays out £100,000 to female RAF recruits injured from marching in step with the men – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2013 in armed forces, compensation, news, personal injuries, women by tracey

‘Three female RAF recruits have each been given £100,000 by the Ministry of Defence after incurring injuries from marching in step with their male colleagues.’

Full story

The Independent, 24th November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

London slaves: the day they escaped suburban ‘jail’ after 30 years – Daily Telgraph

Posted November 22nd, 2013 in news, trafficking in human beings, women by tracey

‘It was, in the words of one charity boss, “just an ordinary house in an ordinary street”. Yet behind its doors, unbeknown to neighbours going about their daily lives, the elderly home owners were allegedly keeping three women as slaves in conditions that belonged to the pre-Victorian age.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off