Gender Recognition Act: ‘Why we want identity rules changed’ – BBC News

‘If you want to legally change your gender in the UK, first a doctor has to diagnose you with a medical condition.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2018

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Breast enlargement ads shown during Love Island banned by ASA – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, cosmetic surgery, mental health, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘Adverts for breast enhancement surgery that were shown during ITV Two’s Love Island have been banned by the advertising watchdog after it backed campaigners who complained they were exploitative of young women’s insecurities.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2018

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Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades – The Guardian

‘Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period, the Guardian can reveal. The police spies infiltrated the Socialist Workers party (SWP) almost continuously between 1970 and 2007, often with more than one undercover officer embedded within the party.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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Woman’s Own forced to print front-page correction about actor – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2018 in communicating false information, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘The former Coronation Street star Denise Welch has forced Woman’s Own to print a front-page correction after the magazine made false claims about her without any evidence, in a move that could have repercussions for other glossy gossip publications.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2018

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Bar Council targets chambers’ “ineffective” harassment policies – Legal Futures

Posted October 8th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The Bar Council is to publish new guidance for barristers and chambers on dealing with sexual harassment, amid claims that many chambers’ existing policies are “wholly ineffective”.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2018

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The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in crime, gender, news, sentencing, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Why doesn’t prison work for women? – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2018 in news, prisons, recidivists, women by sally

‘Women make up just under 5% of the prison population in England and Wales, yet they are more likely than men to reoffend. Why doesn’t prison work for women and what is being done to improve outcomes for them?’

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BBC News, 29 September 2018

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Barristers not making harassment complaints to regulator – Legal Futures

‘Reports of sexual harassment at the Bar are not turning into formal complaints to barristers’ regulator, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 1 October 2019

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Chambers to adopt name of female barrister pioneer – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2018 in barristers, news, women by tracey

‘The first set to be named after a woman in the history of the Bar is to honour one of the first two female King’s Counsel, as they then were, it has emerged. 218 Strand Chambers in London – which claims to be the closest set of chambers to the Royal Courts of Justice – is to change its name to Normanton Chambers in January.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2018

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Female majority to hear Supreme Court case for first time in history – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2018 in judges, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The UK’s highest court is to have a female majority hear a case for the first time in 600 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2018

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Morrisons faces employment tribunal claim over equal pay – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2018 in employment tribunals, equal pay, news, women by tracey

‘Morrisons is the latest major supermarket group to be challenged over equal pay for its shop floor workers in a claim which could cost the retailer an estimated £1bn if successful. The law firm Leigh Day said it was seeking compensation for shop workers – predominantly women – who believe they are paid less than the mostly male workers in Morrisons’ warehouses.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2018

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More than 100 pregnant women detained in UK removal centres since major review called for ban – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2018 in deportation, health, immigration, news, pregnancy, reports, women by tracey

‘More than 100 pregnant women have been detained in UK removal centres in the past two years, despite a government-commissioned review recommending the Home Office ban the practice in 2016.’

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The Independent, 10th September 2018

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Review brings misogyny as a hate crime a step closer – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Campaigners have welcomed an “amazing” victory in the fight against sexist street harassment after the government announced a comprehensive review of hate crime legislation, which will consider whether to recognise misogyny as a hate crime.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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MPs to decide whether to make misogyny a hate crime – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, women by sally

‘MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2018

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New police rules for female detainees on periods – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in detention, news, police, women by sally

‘New guidelines for how police treat female detainees with their periods have been proposed by the Home Office.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

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Women’s Rights and the Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in consultations, equality, gender, human rights, news, women by sally

‘In this post we use the word women to refer to individuals born as women (also known as ‘natal women’). The current government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) has opened up space for discussions about who defines what it means to be a woman and who controls the boundaries to women’s places of association. Central to those debates are the safety, dignity, and privacy of women using sex-segregated spaces. These are significant matters, which raise complex issues for women, which is why so many feminists are adding their voices to the public debate. These are women who support trans-rights but whose genuine concerns, based on expertise and lived experience, are being silenced by accusations of ‘hate speech’ and ‘transphobia’.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 17th August 2018

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Women in the Law UK gears up for London launch – Legal Futures

Posted August 21st, 2018 in legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Women in the Law UK, the Manchester-based lobbying, networking and support organisation, is gearing up for its launch in London next month.’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2018

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Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

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Female offenders should be sent to support centres not prison, says report – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2018 in detention, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘Female offenders should be sent to support centres rather than prison because they are normally far less dangerous than their male counterparts, a report has suggested.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

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Daughters in legal bid for House of Lords seat rights – BBC News

‘Five daughters of hereditary peers are to challenge a law that stops them from being elected to the House of Lords. They are taking the government to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to end the system of male primogeniture which has resulted in almost all titles being passed to male heirs.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2018

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