Wolf whistling to become a hate crime: Nottinghamshire Police cracks down on misogyny – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2016 in harassment, hate crime, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘A police force has become the first in Britain to recognise misogyny as a hate crime, in an effort to make the county a safer place for women. Nottinghamshire Police is recording incidents such as wolf whistling, street harassment, verbal abuse and taking photographs without consent within the hate crime definition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2016

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Supreme Court revamp raises hopes for women – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2016 in diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The Supreme Court is expected to revamp its judicial selection process, which could result in more women filling vacancies.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th July 2016

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Lingerie firm wins court fight over tax on bras for breast cancer patients – Daily Telegraph

‘Lingerie company bosses have won a Supreme Court fight over tax on special bras worn by women who have had a mastectomy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2016

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Female barristers report high level of sexual harassment at work – The Guardian

‘Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Nottinghamshire Police records misogyny as a hate crime – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2016 in harassment, hate crime, news, police, victims, women by sally

‘Harassment of women is to be recorded as a hate crime in a bid to tackle sexist abuse.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2016

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Almost half of female barristers have experienced discrimination, major report finds

Posted July 12th, 2016 in barristers, harassment, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Almost half of female barristers (45%) have experienced discrimination at work and 40% have experienced harassment, a major report by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2016

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What Price a Comment! Chelsea Football Club v Carneiro – Park Square Barristers

‘The public falling out between Jose’ Mourinho and Eva Carneiro happened during the first game of the season at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. The manner in which this situation unfolded dominated the headlines, which resulted in a settlement at the Employment Tribunal, Croydon, London on Tuesday 7th June 2016.’

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Park Square Barristers, 15th June 2016

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The British women who couldn’t hire a sofa without their husbands’ signature – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in consumer credit, married persons, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘-When the first British credit card launched 50 years ago it was mostly used by men
-In the 1960s and 1970s, women were viewed as a riskier investment by banks and stores
-Women had to get their father or husband to sign for most loans even if they earned more than them.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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Breast enlargement ad starring blogger That Pommie Girl banned – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, cosmetic surgery, news, women by Mark L

‘A TV ad featuring a fashion blogger promoting breast enlargement has been banned for irresponsibly implying to young women that surgery will make them more popular and confident.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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Support for women at the Bar is there when they need it – The Bar Council

Posted July 1st, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases, women by tracey

‘Over the last few years, the Bar Council has rolled out a number of initiatives aimed at improving equal opportunities for members of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 30th June 2016

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Record number of suspected female terrorists arrested last year, figures show – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2016 in news, statistics, terrorism, women by tracey

‘A record number of suspected female terrorists have been arrested in the UK in the past year, government figures have shown. The official figures, released by the Home Office, show 36 female terror suspects were arrested in the 12-month period prior to March. This amounts to 14 per cent of all arrests on terrorism charges during the time frame.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2016

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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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