QC appointments remain male dominated, but women who apply more likely to succeed – Litigation Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in barristers, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Only 18% of applicants for silk this year were women, but they were far more likely to be appointed than men, it has emerged as 119 new QCs were named today.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st December 2017

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Police ‘ignoring’ needs of detainees on periods – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2018 in detention, human rights, news, police, women by sally

‘Police are “routinely ignoring” the needs of women detainees on their periods, the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) has said.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2018

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Domestic violence: can moving power out of Whitehall make a difference? – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2017 in devolution, domestic violence, local government, news, victims, women by sally

‘Vital services for vulnerable women have been cut across the country, but new metro authorities could be a chance to make radical improvements.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2017

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‘Shocking’ toll of women killed by men renews call for safe spaces – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in domestic violence, murder, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Of the 113 women killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, 85 died in their homes, according to the Femicide Census, an annual analysis by the charity Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2017

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Keir Starmer: make funding for women’s refuges mandatory – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2017 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, news, social security, social services, victims, women by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow cabinet member and former chief prosecutor, has called for mandatory funding for refuges amid criticism over a shake-up of funding for women’s services.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

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Proposed law would add mothers’ names to marriage certificates in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2017 in bills, documents, marriage, news, women by sally

‘Mothers’ names could be added to marriage certificates for the first time if a cross-party group of MPs succeed in changing the wording on the documents, which campaigners say are no longer fit for modern times.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2017

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British law must recognise Muslim marriage ceremonies – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in human rights, marriage, news, religious discrimination, women by sally

‘If the UK could do it for Quakers 250 years ago, is it too much to ask parliament to consider the needs of newer faith communities?’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2017

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Toothpaste advert banned after it features naked model with onions – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, voyeurism, women by sally

‘A toothpaste advert that featured a naked model next to a pile of onions has been banned for “objectifying” women.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2017

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Trans women need access to rape and domestic violence services. Here’s why – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in domestic violence, gender, news, rape, statute law revision, transsexuals, women by sally

‘All women face similar dangers, whether trans or not, and it’s distressing that some people seek to drive a wedge between our rights.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Most women in UK who have Islamic wedding miss out on legal rights

Posted November 21st, 2017 in divorce, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘Six in 10 women in the UK who have had a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony are not in legally recognised marriages, depriving them of rights and protection, according to a survey.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2017

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Lancashire shoe firm’s ‘sexist’ topless women ad banned – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, women by tracey

‘A “sexist” online shoe advert featuring topless women has been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2017

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Yarl’s Wood immigration centre: Questions over need to detain women – BBC news

Posted November 15th, 2017 in detention, immigration, news, reports, women by tracey

‘Two-thirds of women held at an immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report has revealed. Inspectors said the finding raised concerns about whether the women should have been detained at Yarl’s Wood, Bedfordshire, in the first place.’

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BBC news, 15th November 2017

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Vulnerable women ‘still locked up in Yarl’s Wood immigration centre’ – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2017 in asylum, detention, mental health, news, women by sally

‘Severely traumatised survivors of sexual violence are being routinely locked up at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre, in breach of the UK government’s own policies.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

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SRA: Men six times more likely to be partners than BAME women – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2017 in diversity, minorities, news, partnerships, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘White male solicitors are almost six times more likely to become a partner than women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background, research commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2017

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Health minister rejects calls for inquiry into vaginal mesh implants – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in health, medical treatment, news, parliament, women by tracey

‘Jackie Doyle-Price announces publication of new guidance but dismisses Labour demands to go further.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before – Crown Prosecution Service

‘More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2017

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Asda equal pay case: The landmark legal battle that could stop women in the UK being paid less than men – The Independent

‘The latest hearing in the UK’s largest ever private sector equal pay claim is due to kick off on Wednesday, in a case that could eventually see around 15,000 predominantly female Asda workers recovering well over £100m in pay.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2017

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Revealed: Bar Council pulls plug on pioneering nursery – Legal Futures

Posted October 10th, 2017 in barristers, children, fees, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has closed its flagship nursery scheme at Smithfield in the City of London, citing a lack of places and promising to find other, “more effective” ways of supporting barristers with childcare responsibilities.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2017

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The Universal Credit Row and Our Basic Human Rights – RightsInfo

Posted October 10th, 2017 in benefits, human rights, news, sanctions, social security, women by sally

‘Universal Credit is a new social security benefit that’s currently being rolled out across the UK.

Several politicians and charities – including some within Theresa’s May Government – have asked for the new scheme to be paused or stopped. But how does this relate to our human rights?’

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RightsInfo, 9th October 2017

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Give the next generation of women a hand up, QC urges female barristers – Legal Futures

Posted October 9th, 2017 in barristers, equality, lectures, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Female barristers need to actively encourage and mentor the next generation of women at the Bar amid the continuing difficulties of achieving equality, a leading silk said last week.’

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk