Public street harassment set to be made illegal in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Public street harassment is likely to be criminalised under plans being drawn up by the government as part of its long-awaited strategy to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) for England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2021

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Pandemic Sees Huge Rise In Reports Of Stalking – Each Other

‘Stalking offences in England and Wales have seen a “significant increase” during the pandemic, according to police.’

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Each Other, 15th July 2021

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‘Virginity-repair’ surgery set to be banned – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2021 in bills, cosmetic surgery, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘Virginity testing, where women are examined to see if their hymen is intact, and repair surgery are set to be outlawed in England and Wales. North West Durham Conservative MP Richard Holden has introduced a clause to the Health and Care Bill, which seeks to ban both procedures.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2021

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Mothers lose landmark case against ‘desperately unfair’ two-child benefit limit – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2021 in benefits, budgets, children, human rights, news, sex discrimination, Supreme Court, women by michael

‘Two campaigners have lost a challenge against the government’s “two-child limit” for welfare payments – an austerity measure brought in by former Tory chancellor George Osborne and one which critics have described as “desperately unfair”.’

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The Independent, 9th July 2021

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Epidemic of violence against women under way in England and Wales – report – The Guardian

‘Women and girls are being subjected to an epidemic of violence that requires a “radical and bold” shift in how authorities in England and Wales tackle crimes that disproportionately affect female victims, a police watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2021

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Trans women in female jails policy lawful, High Court rules – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2021 in news, prisons, transgender persons, women by tracey

‘It is lawful for transgender women to be housed in female jails in England and Wales, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2021

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Indirect Discrimination Against Working Mothers – Littleton Chambers

‘On 22 June 2021, the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down judgment in Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0220/19/LA. CLICK HERE to read the judgment.’

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd June 2021

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Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities – Legal Futures

Posted June 24th, 2021 in barristers, breastfeeding, children, courts, flexible working, news, women by sally

‘A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2021

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Man convicted of murders of two women in Yorkshire, 21 years apart – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2021 in bereavement, families, murder, news, victims, women by tracey

‘Relatives have paid tribute to two women killed by the same man, after he was convicted of the two murders more than 20 years apart. Gary Allen murdered both Samantha Class and Alena Grlakova, a jury decided. Class was killed in Hull in 1997, and Grlakova in Rotherham in 2018.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2021

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QC: Menopause “made me feel I was losing my mind” – Legal Futures

Posted June 17th, 2021 in barristers, mental health, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘A QC has described how going through an early menopause at the age of 37 made her feel she was “losing her mind” and left her a “hair’s breadth away” from leaving the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2021

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Women offenders being released to homelessness – MPs – BBC News

‘Thousands of women are being released from prison each year without adequate help, a group of MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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More than one in seven girls are sexually abused before they turn 16 – Daily Telegraph

‘Majority of the abuse is never reported, finds report, which also shows one in 20 boys are reportedly sexually abused before 16th birthday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2021

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Tesco staff win legal argument in equal pay fight – BBC News

‘Thousands of current and former Tesco workers have won a legal argument in their fight for equal pay.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2021

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Officers accused of sexual abuse must face investigation, says police chief – The Guardian

‘All serving police officers accused of domestic or sexual abuse should face misconduct hearings as well as criminal investigations, according to the most senior police officer for domestic abuse in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2021

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Refugee women and children ‘at risk of being abandoned’ in Home Office policy shift – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2021 in children, immigration, news, refugees, women by sally

‘Thousands of women and child refugees will be abandoned if the government’s New Plan for Immigration goes ahead, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2021

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Misogyny as a hate crime – what it means and why it’s needed – Family Law

Posted May 27th, 2021 in criminal records, hate crime, news, police, women by tracey

‘In recent weeks, the government announced that it will instruct all police forces across the UK to start recording crimes motivated by sex or gender on an experimental basis- effectively making misogyny a hate crime. This follows the example of Nottinghamshire Police in 2016, followed by another 10 police forces since.’

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Family Law, 25th May 2021

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Plans for New Women’s Detention Centre in Durham are Challenged – EIN Blog

Posted May 25th, 2021 in detention, equality, immigration, news, women by sally

‘It has recently been announced that there are plans for the construction of a brand-new women’s immigration detention centre at Hassockfield in Medomsley, County Durham. It is expected that the centre would detain around 80 women, and is the Home Office’s first new centre since 2014.’

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EIN Blog, 24th May 2021

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Hundreds of women forced to ‘wear face masks while giving birth’ – The Independent

‘Hundreds of women were forced to wear face masks while giving birth despite this violating formal rules, a new study has found.’

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The Independent, 14th May 2021

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Review of Bar exam chaos points finger at BSB and Pearson VUE – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and electronic testing company Pearson VUE have both come under fire from the independent review of last year’s Bar professional training course (BPTC) exams.’

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Legal Futures, 7th May 2021

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DPP: CPS ‘briefing principles’ to aid under-represented advocates – Legal Futures

Posted April 27th, 2021 in barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, diversity, equality, news, women by sally

‘New “briefing principles” will ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) delivers equality of opportunity among the advocates it instructs, the Director of Public Prosecutions has pledged.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2021

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