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Climate Crisis Declaration

Climate Crisis Declaration

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This time next year November 2021 world leaders will be coming together in Glasgow for a global summit that could make or break efforts to tackle the climate crisis.  But we can’t wait until next year to stand with those farmers and workers already feeling the worst effects of that crisis. Now is the time to push for radical, urgent action on a global scale. It’s time to sign the Climate Declaration.  Both SIGBI and UKPAC have signed the Climate Declaration.  You can too individually or as a group. If you are part of a Fairtrade Community group, or a Fairtrade faith group, you can sign up together. Just select ‘I am a community, faith, school or sports group’ before signing. Like many other rural workers in the Global South, Ivorian Cocoa Farmer Ebrottié is already finding increasingly unpredictable seasons, more common plant diseases and erratic

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Good practice regional newsletters

Good practice regional newsletters

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Devolved governments by Scotland North It can be a mine field looking at the different laws in our four UK Countries.  Spotlight on News26[9848]  On pages 4 and 5, you will see reports on two different  Cross Party Groups.  The first report is on an issue which is  not devolved to the Scottish Government. I wonder how many Soroptimists know that the section in the Digital Economy Act (passed at Westminster) tackling age verification for pornography is not law. The second Group re Health sets out the strategy in Scotland for 2020 – 2023. Midland Chase Programme Action Report 2019-20 Programme Action Newsletter 2019-20

Domestic Abuse Bill Campaign for an offence of non-fatal strangulation to save lives

Domestic Abuse Bill Campaign for an offence of non-fatal strangulation to save lives

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  Summary This campaign is calling for a free-standing offence of non-fatal strangulation1 or suffocation to be added to the Bill. This can be done in the House of Lords where it will start its progress at a date yet to be fixed, but expected to be either this month or next.  Non-fatal strangulation is a frequent tool of coercive control used against women by men. It is a threat to do serious harm or to kill but which often leaves no mark. Police do not take it seriously if there is no injury. Yet its use increases 8 fold the risk that the victim will ultimately be killed by the perpetrator. Sometimes there are injuries though they are not visible and women can suffer considerable damage.  Please read the following briefing: ukpac stangulation briefing 131020 The Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, the Centre for Women’s Justice

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#StepUpMigrantWomen

#StepUpMigrantWomen

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Join us in protecting migrant women from abuse and domestic violence                    Vic Atkins reply July 2020 (1) We campaign for the implementation of safe-reporting mechanisms and the end of data-sharing policies when victims approach the police Insecure immigration status is often a tool of control used by perpetrators to abuse their partners and threat them with deportation. This situation put migrant women in a vulnerable position: they fear the abuser and also fear asking for help. The current lack of safe-reporting mechanisms creates a barrier for migrant women to flee violence and gives greater impunity to perpetrators. Evidence shows that 92% of women with insecure status have received threats of deportation from perpetrators (Imkaan 2012). #StepUpMigrantWomen calls for safe reporting mechanisms to separate reporting of crime and access to support services from immigration control. ALL women

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Free online training on Domestic Abuse

Free online training on Domestic Abuse

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AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) are running a series of online interactive webinars and training sessions throughout September and October 2020 for frontline practitioners. Topics include: trauma-informed practice for frontline workers and managers looking after yourself when working with trauma dealing with cases involving mental health and substance use. See the full list of training sessions here: https://avaproject.org.uk/training/#Upcoming AVA are market leaders in training on gender based violence and abuse, with particular expertise in children & young people and multiple disadvantage.  AVA offers a range of ways for you to learn more about gender-based violence and many related topics

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MGoS The members of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS), official stakeholders to the United Nations Sustainable Development processes, are concerned and disappointed that governments have failed to deliver a Ministerial Declaration at the end of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum was held virtually from 7-16 July 2020. Now more than ever, sustainable & liveable futures of all should be at center, free from violence, oppression & discrimination. We need an ambitious Ministerial Declaration from #HLPF2020. Read, support, and share the MGoS’ press release with your networks and on social media. Press Release: http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/HLPF-2020-Press-Release-by-members-of-MGoS-1.pdf?utm_source=NGO+CSW%2FNY+Constituency&utm_campaign=38220aab05-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_08_03_03_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_67ac6441ff-38220aab05-411802973&mc_cid=38220aab05&mc_eid=c3ab060120

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Centenary Action Group (NAWO member) created a letter campaign to support survivors of sexual harassment in parliament

Centenary Action Group (NAWO member) created a letter campaign to support survivors of sexual harassment in parliament

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Thank you! Don’t let MPs debate staff experiences of bullying and harassment! Thanks again to everyone who signed the letter, urging the Leader of the House of Commons against allowing MPs to debate cases of bullying and harassment.  This was shared with MPs, and to everyone who made noise about this on social media.  The letter, which can be found on CAG website here, has been signed by 62 women’s rights organisations, activists and Parliamentary staff past and present. This shows just how much support there is for a fully independent complaints process.  The Guardian have covered the letter here. Please share this on social media. Retweet here Suggested tweet: Proud to support @CentenaryAction letter signed by 60+ women’s rights organisations, activists & Parliamentary staff to urge @CommonsLeader against allowing MPs to debate cases of bullying & harassment in Parliament. #ThisIsNotWorking https://bit.ly/2Buh2D1 Yesterday, Parliament became a safer place.  Those working there

DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL – PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE LAW FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS DRIVEN TO OFFEND

DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL – PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE LAW FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS DRIVEN TO OFFEND

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We have been working with legal and domestic abuse experts to call for improved legal protection for survivors of domestic abuse to be added to the Domestic Abuse Bill for those whose offending is driven by their experience of domestic abuse. This would address a gap in legal protection for survivors, strengthen recognition of the links between victimisation and offending and deter inappropriate prosecutions. The Bill was reintroduced on 3 March 2020 and we are building parliamentary support for our proposed amendments to give legal protection to those driven by domestic abuse into offending.  Our proposed amendments have been tabled by Jess Phillips MP for consideration by the Public Bill Committee, which will report by 25 June.  Two recent articles discuss why the new defences are needed.  PRT associate Sarah Beresford’s blog is based on her recent conversation with a child whose mother is in prison for an

COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke at the launch of the Race to Zero campaign on World Environment Day

COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke at the launch of the Race to Zero campaign on World Environment Day

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Ladies and gentlemen, All of us here know that failing to act on climate change will cause irreversible consequences. As temperatures continue to rise, droughts and heatwaves will become more common. This will devastate nature and biodiversity. And exact a catastrophic economic cost. So it is great to see cities and countries, businesses and investors, uniting against this global threat. Last week, the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC, with the UK and our Italian partners, agreed that COP26 will take place between 1st and 12th November 2021. COP26 can be a moment where the world unites behind a fairer, greener recovery from the effects of Covid-19. A recovery which delivers for both our people and our planet. In recent years, the UK has shown that green growth is absolutely possible. Since 1990 we have grown our economy by 75% whilst cutting emissions by 43%. And