Employers must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for women going through menopause – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2024 in employment, equality, health, news, women by sally

‘Employers could be sued for disability discrimination if they fail to make “reasonable adjustments” for women going through menopause under new guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Thursday, amid concern over the number of women leaving their jobs due to symptoms.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2024

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Black women at the Bar: challenges faced and a fairer future – Counsel

‘Bibi Badejo reports from a packed Inns of Court Women’s Alliance event examining the experiences of Black women barristers and imparting crucial advice for Black women navigating the legal profession.’

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Counsel, 19th February 2024

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Pelvic mesh compensation disappointingly low, says victim – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2024 in birth, compensation, medical treatment, news, personal injuries, victims, women by sally

‘A woman who described the time in her life after a pelvic mesh implant as “soul destroying” said proposed government compensation was “disappointingly low”.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2024

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Mesh and sodium valproate scandal victims need payouts soon, report says – BBC News

‘Families of children left disabled by an epilepsy drug and women injured by pelvic mesh implants should be given urgent financial help, England’s patient safety commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2024

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Women now make up 40% of Bar as diversity trends continue – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2024 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Long-term trends of improving diversity at the Bar continued last year, with women now making up just over 40% of barristers, Bar Standards Board (BSB) figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2024

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Sexual assault victims charged tens of thousands of pounds for court documents – The Independent

‘Domestic abuse and sexual violence victims are being charged up to tens of thousands of pounds to access court scripts after being wrongly advised not to attend court, The Independent has learned.’

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The Independent, 21st January 2024

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UK medics told not to report illegal abortions to police – The Guardian

‘Medical staff in the UK should not report women to the police if they believe their patients may have illegally ended their own pregnancy, a professional body has said. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has said it is never in the public interest to report women who have abortions to law enforcement agencies, according to the BBC.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2024

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Union reports MoD to watchdog over handling of sexual abuse allegations – The Guardian

‘The Ministry of Defence has been reported to the equalities watchdog after claims from female civil servants that it has failed adequately to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The union Prospect wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asking for an investigation into whether the MoD was failing in its public sector equalities duty in relation to discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The EHRC will now have to decide whether to take action.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2024

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Women harmed after Wiltshire police failed to disclose partners’ violent pasts – The Guardian

‘At least two women were harmed after a “catastrophic” failure in the way a police force dealt with applications under Clare’s law, which gives people the right to ask whether a partner has a violent past, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2024

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Calvin Klein ad with singer FKA twigs banned for making her ‘stereotypical sexual object’ – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2024 in advertising, complaints, news, standards, women by sally

‘A Calvin Klein advertisement featuring the British singer FKA twigs has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, on the grounds that it presented her as “a stereotypical sexual object”.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2024

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Somerset women in custody offered alternative to court – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2024 in courts, criminal justice, news, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘Women in Somerset who’ve been arrested for the first time for low-level crime are being offered an alternative to going to court.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2024

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FemTech: Top data protection tips for period and fertility-tracking apps – Mills & Reeve

Posted January 4th, 2024 in advertising, data protection, internet, news, pregnancy, women by sally

‘Following the announcement by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of their review into how period and fertility-tracking apps process user information, my data protection colleagues David Hall and Robert Beveridge, carried out an assessment of the data protection compliance of a small sample of apps and provide their top tips for FemTech app providers.’

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Mills & Reeve, 3rd January 2024

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Most victims of domestic homicide have contacted police or NHS, review shows – The Guardian

‘A review of 302 domestic homicides recorded in a four-year period has found that the majority of those killed had been “hiding in plain sight”, having made contact with the police, health services and other public agencies before their death.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2023

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‘You were told’: Killed Women report shows deaths could have been prevented – The Guardian

‘Two-thirds of 115 bereaved families surveyed by Ipsos thought the fatal attack on their loved one had been very or fairly preventable.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2023

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Women in mental health crisis still being jailed in prisons deemed ‘unfit for purpose’, major review warns – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2023 in bills, imprisonment, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women dealing with severe mental illness are still being jailed despite prisons being “ill-equipped” to offer suitable care, a major review has warned.’

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The Independent, 23rd November 2023

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‘Employers should recognise the issues’: menstrual conditions in the workplace – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2023 in employment, flexible working, health, news, women by sally

‘Workplaces are failing women. Considering endometriosis affects one in 10 women and that is just one menstrual condition – there are many – where is the support, training and acknowledgment in the workplace?’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2023

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Sixty women at MoD complain of widespread ‘toxic’ and ‘hostile’ behaviour – The Guardian

‘Sixty senior women at the UK’s Ministry of Defence have described a “hostile” and “toxic” culture at the department in a letter that alleges sexual assault, harassment and abuse by male colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2023

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Mother whose baby died in prison calls for end to pregnant women being jailed – The Independent

‘A mother whose baby died when she gave birth alone in her prison cell has urged ministers to stop sending pregnant women to jail.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2023

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BSB social media guidance “will do little to protect women’s voices” – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2023 in barristers, bullying, harassment, internet, news, women by sally

‘The new social media guidance from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) “will do little to protect women’s voices an increasingly digitised world”, two leading female barristers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2023

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Woman who suffered complications from vaginal mesh implant awarded at least £1m – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2023 in compensation, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, women by tracey

‘A woman who suffered traumatic complications from a vaginal mesh implant has been awarded a record settlement of at least £1m from the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2023

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