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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

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Wednesday 15 th June 2022 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as designated by the United Nations. This year the theme is ‘Access to Justice’;. It highlights the importance of assessing the needs of older people who may need to seek redress. In the UK, Elder Abuse is defined as “a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation or trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”  It is estimated that at least 10% of adults aged over 65 will experience some form of abuse in any year. Hourglass, formerly known as Action on Elder Abuse, suggest that one in five people in the UK over the age of 65 have been abused which is 2.7 million victims in the UK. These disturbing figures were the result of polling which indicate that

IC Change
Violence against Women: The Istanbul Convention Update

Violence against Women: The Istanbul Convention Update

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On the 19th May 2022 the Government announced that after almost a decade they will be ratifying the Istanbul Convention to tackle violence against women and girls. However, we’re deeply disappointed to see that the Government has decided to opt out of a key part of the #IstanbulConvention that provides support and protections for migrant women.    We support the @ICChangeUK Parliamentary Photocall to call for ratification of the #IstanbulConvention without reservations to protect ALL women from violence.  We need your help to ensure as many MPs as possible attend the event on 8 June. The more MPs that attend, the more chance there is of the Government taking action. Please write to your MP now to ask them to support. Click here for more details. #AllWomenMeansAllWomen

STAY SAFE IN THE UK Resource Web Pack » STOP THE TRAFFIK

STAY SAFE IN THE UK Resource Web Pack » STOP THE TRAFFIK

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To coordinate the response to the Ukraine crisis STOP THE TRAFFIK and in collaboration Hope for Justice have created STAY SAFE IN THE UK, a comprehensive resource for NGOs to use and share for Ukrainians in the UK who have been displaced because of the conflict. STAY SAFE IN THE UK includes information gathered by a collaboration of charities providing support, protection and prevention for those arriving from Ukraine to the UK. Our STAY SAFE IN THE UK web pack, available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian, includes: Full text resource for easy upload and sharing Downloadable icons and imagery Live link reference to see the resource in action The STAY SAFE IN THE UK resource includes: Directory of information on where people can find support in the UK Information on workers’ rights in the UK and how to find work How to find accommodation and where to report issues Access

UKPAC
Minutes of the Six-O Meeting held on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 10am conducted by zoom and hosted by BFWG

Minutes of the Six-O Meeting held on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 10am conducted by zoom and hosted by BFWG

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Minutes of the Six-O Meeting held on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 10am conducted by zoom and hosted by BFWG, are now available on the members area of SIGBI website under UKPAC. Reports by: SIGBI UKPAC BFWG NCW Townswomen’s Guild The WI BPW UK

Ukraine
SIGBI Statement on women in the Ukraine

SIGBI Statement on women in the Ukraine

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SIGBI recognises the distress of all women and girls in Ukraine. We wish to express our sympathy and our hope that the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 will be put into play by the UN. The key provisions are: Attention and specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict Increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision making Gender perspective in post conflict processes Gender perspective and training in UN peace support operations The Women, Peace and Security agenda is anchored in the principle that effective incorporation of gender perspectives and women’s rights can have meaningful and positive impact on the lives of women, men, girls and boys, on the ground. Protection, Prevention, and Participation are critical in respecting human rights and dignity and in tackling the root causes of conflict to create sustainable peace. We urge all parties involved in

CSW 2022
CSW 2022

CSW 2022

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The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session. Themes Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes; Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session); https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw66-2022

Zarach
An important petition from Zarach children’s Charity. – End Bed Poverty

An important petition from Zarach children’s Charity. – End Bed Poverty

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#EndBedPoverty This petition was featured on BBC breakfast 26 January 2022.  Link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/604509?fbclid=IwAR3to-O-pYrih2zIRSTtBKGymdFGuQ6Tz8ebghfrBCK_n4dK8RgvZpXp_y8 “A  teacher in 2018  started a bed poverty charity, since then schools have referred 1400 children without beds. Bed poverty is affecting educational outcomes for children across the UK. A national sleep strategy must resource local authorities to identify, address and ultimately end bed poverty” Last year Bex applied to the charity commission to change Zarach’s constitutional charitable objective from the jurisdiction of ‘Leeds’ to ‘UK’. It was (quite rightly) rejected. They said Zarach didn’t have the structures or means to be able to tackle bed poverty UK wide. On reflection this was true. After lots of back and forth, it was changed to ‘Leeds and surrounding areas’ with the promise it could reapplied for should circumstances change. Through this discussion it was realised that Zarach alone was not the answer. We needed radical

#BreaktheBias #IWD2022
International Women’s Day 8 March 2022 #BreakTheBias

International Women’s Day 8 March 2022 #BreakTheBias

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About International Women’s Day IWD provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women’s equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more. The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, women’s networks, charities and non-profit bodies, the media and more. Collectively every person and all groups can make a difference within their sphere of influence by taking concrete action to help build a more gender equal world. From small powerful grassroots gatherings to large-scale conference and events – International Women’s Day is celebrated everywhere. It’s a big day for inspiration and change. Read more about IWD’s herstory here. Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can

Domestic Abuse Commissioner
Survey about domestic abuse services ends 14 February 2022

Survey about domestic abuse services ends 14 February 2022

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What is the survey about? This is a survey about your experience of thinking about using domestic abuse services, trying to use domestic abuse services, and what it is like using domestic abuse services. We are running this survey so that we can understand what is good about domestic abuse services in different areas of the country, and what could be made better. We will tell public bodies like the Government and local councils about our findings so that they can improve domestic abuse services in your area. By domestic abuse services we mean services that are just for helping people who have experienced domestic abuse. The organisation that provides the domestic abuse service might also provide other types of services. There is an explanation in the survey that explains what types of domestic abuse services exist in case you are unsure what we mean.