A novel approach to Get refusal: the use of the offence of coercive control to obtain a religious divorce – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted February 12th, 2020 in coercive & controlling behaviour, divorce, human rights, Judaism, marriage, news, women by sally

‘For Jewish women, obtaining a religious divorce (Get) can be life-changing. Women denied a Get are considered ‘chained’ to their husband, preventing them from re-marrying within the faith (whilst not affecting the husband’s ability to re-marry). The power to grant the Get is usually considered the unilateral right of the husband. Because a purely religious marriage is not recognised in England as a civil marriage, women have little recourse to the courts. So, what happens when a husband refuses to grant a religious divorce to his wife? For these women, their human rights to manifest their religion and to enter into marriages are denied, such that they cannot live fully as both religious individuals and bearers of human rights. However, a novel approach to this problem, a private prosecution for coercive control, could offer Jewish women an alternative avenue to protect their human rights.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 4th February 2020

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GP Manish Shah jailed for 90 sexual assaults on patients – BBC News

‘A GP has been given three life sentences for 90 sexual assaults on female patients.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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NDAs ‘should not silence sexual harassment claims’ – BBC News

‘Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) should not be used to prevent someone from reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, according to new guidance.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2020

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‘Casual sexism is still prevalent’: how close is the law to gender equality? – The Guardian

‘Almost 100 years ago, Dr Ivy Williams joined the Inner Temple as a law student. In 1922, three years after the Sex Disqualification Removal Act, she became the first woman to be called to the bar in this country. Most people have never heard of her. Although she never entered private practice, she taught law for 25 years and gave free legal advice to those who couldn’t afford it. A tireless activist and campaigner, her example paved an important road.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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CPS knew rape ‘ambition’ could have perverse consequences – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service was aware in 2015 that its conviction rate “levels of ambition” could have unintended consequences, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th February 2020

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Pretty Little Thing: ‘Overly sexualised’ advert banned – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen, women by tracey

‘An advert for fashion retailer Pretty Little Thing which featured women wearing exposing lingerie has been banned for being “offensive”.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2020

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EP 102: BBC Pay Discrimination – Shaheen Rahman QC – Law Pod UK

Posted February 4th, 2020 in BBC, employment tribunals, equal pay, news, women by sally

‘In Episode 102 Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Shaheen Rahman QC about Samira Ahmed’s decisive Employment Tribunal victory against the BBC.’

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Law Pod UK, 3rd February 2020

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Be Careful What You Tweet For (part 2) – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Claimant’s belief in Forstater – that “sex is biologically immutable” — denied trans people their legal right to be recognised as the sex they had transitioned to even when they had obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate. This right has been recognised for over a decade by the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”) and by domestic law in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The Claimant’s belief — in the words of Judge Tayler — also violated the dignity of trans people and created an “intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment” for them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th January 2020

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Be Careful What You Tweet For (part 1) – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Forstater v CGD Europe & Others [2019] UKET 2200909/2019. Last month, the Central London Employment Tribunal held that a woman’s belief that “sex is biologically immutable” was not protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd January 2020

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No shift in demographics as 114 new QCs are named – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Some 114 new QCs were appointed yesterday, with the statistics showing little change in the demographics of the 258 who applied, of whom just a fifth were women.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2020

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BBC pays host Sarah Montague £400,000 over gender pay gap – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in BBC, compensation, equality, news, remuneration, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The radio presenter Sarah Montague has won a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC after complaining about unequal pay and conditions.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Sexual misconduct cases at record high in legal profession – The Guardian

‘The number of reports of sexual misconduct in the legal profession in England have increased over the last five years and have reached a record high, according to newly released figures.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Pub ‘banter’ and social media posts can be sexual harassment, equality watchdog warns bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘Businesses must train their staff that pub “banter” and social media posts can amount to sexual harassment, the equality watchdog has warned in a letter to all major firms.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2020

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Women continue to be under-represented in top jobs across sport, law and politics, study suggests – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2020 in diversity, employment, equality, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women are missing out on top jobs across a variety of sectors, showing that a “step change” is needed to boost the number in senior roles, campaigners have said.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2020

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Female lawyers should not be forced to wear heels, says Baroness Hale – The Independent

‘The UK’s most senior judge has condemned law firms that demand female lawyers wear high heels, as she lamented the lack of “progress” on sex discrimination in the legal profession.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2020

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‘Upskirting’ of women and girls is a daily occurrence, new figures show – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2020 in consent, news, photography, sexual offences, victims, voyeurism, women by tracey

‘Incidents of men taking “upskirt” photographs of women are being reported on an almost daily basis since tougher new legislation was introduced, with victims known to be as young as 13. The first figures to chart the impact of the Voyeurism Offences Act show that almost one victim a day has contacted police to report being targeted since the law came into effect in April last year.

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Daily Telegraph, 10th January 2020

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Researcher who lost job for tweeting ‘men cannot change into women’ loses employment tribunal – The Independent

‘A researcher who lost her job after tweeting that men cannot change their biological sex has lost an employment tribunal after her opinions were ruled “absolutist”.’

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The Independent, 19th December 2019

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Black cab rapist John Worboys given two life sentences – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in news, parole, probation, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, taxis, victims, women by sally

‘Black cab rapist John Worboys has been handed two life sentences with a minimum term of six years for attacking four more women.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2019

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Lady Hale at the BACFI Denning Lecture 2019, Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London – Supreme Court

‘Women in law –the next 100 yearsBACFI DenningLecture2019Athenaeum, Pall Mall, LondonLady Hale, President of The Supreme Court.’

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Supreme Court, 4th December 2019

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 – 100 Years On – Pump Court Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in juries, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘This year marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. This ground breaking Act of Parliament, which became law on 23 December 1919, allowed women to become Solicitors, Barristers, Magistrates and Jurors for the first time. The Act begins with the defining words “a person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage from the exercise of any public function”. A sentiment which we take for granted nowadays but the first female jurors in England were sworn in on 29th July 1920. In the last 100 years, the legal profession has made progress in the pursuit of equality: the UK’s first female Prime Minister began her career studying for the Bar and our beloved first female President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale has made her mark and taken every opportunity to develop equality within our legal system.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 29th November 2019

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