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

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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

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Brenda Hale sworn in as first female president of UK’s supreme court – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Brenda Hale, the first female president of the supreme court, and Sir Ian Burnett, the youngest lord chief justice for 50 years, have been sworn in at the opening of the legal year.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2017

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Clacton woman Marie Dent, 44, posed as teen to groom boy, 15 – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2017 in news, sentencing, sexual grooming, women by sally

‘A 44-year-old woman who posed as a teenage girl to groom a boy for sex, has been jailed for three years.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2017

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Women lawyers “more risk averse” about applying for QC – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2017 in barristers, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘A report from the body that oversees Queen’s Counsel appointments has recommended a raft of changes to encourage women to apply and bring the numbers of female silks nearer to the proportion eligible in the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2017

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Concern over Met police use of spit hoods on black detainees – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2017 in London, news, police, race discrimination, restraint, statistics, women by sally

‘Eight of the 11 women restrained with spit hoods by the Metropolitan police have been black, according to figures that show a racial disproportionality in the use of the devices since they were piloted and rolled out across custody suites in London police stations.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2017

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Female victims of violent crime ‘should receive more compensation’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2017 in criminal injuries compensation, news, victims, women by tracey

‘Women should get more compensation after being a victim of crime because they are more negatively affected by it, a study has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2017

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Increase in female magistrates could mask decline in diversity – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2017 in diversity, magistrates, news, statistics, women by sally

‘A majority of magistrates are women but the sustained increase in their numbers may be concealing a reduction of social diversity on the bench, the national chair of the Magistrates Association has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2017

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Gender identity: What do legal changes have to do with women’s rights? – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2017 in consultations, equality, gender, news, transsexuals, women by sally

‘Trans activists have welcomed moves from the government to “streamline and de-medicalise the process” of changing legal gender. But some women are worried about the potential impact on their own legal rights.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2017

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Celebrate Lady Hale – then make the senior judiciary more diverse – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2017 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Brenda Hale’s appointment as president of the UK supreme court is a landmark. But the highest echelons of the legal profession still need change.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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Care failings contributed to death of woman in prison, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2017 in death in custody, mental health, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘A jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, a mentally ill prisoner at HMP Holloway who took her life at the jail last year, has identified serious shortcomings in her care.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2017

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Bar Chair: Time to admit flexible court hours is a bad idea – The Bar Council

‘Two things are on a collision course. The first is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMTCS) plan that courts operate on a shift system – so called “Flexible Operating Hours”.The second is the determination of the legal profession and many within the judiciary to do whatever it takes to retain talented women at the Bar so that the senior Bar and the judiciary at all levels exhibit a stronger representation of women.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk