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Take action for hedgerows!

Take action for hedgerows!

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Call on the government to champion hedgerows 18,627 people have taken action so far. Help us reach 20,000. The humble hedgerow is the unsung hero of our countryside.  Hedges connect habitats and provide homes for wildlife. They protect the soil, clean the air and absorb carbon emissions. They are nature’s key workers.  But around half our hedgerows have been lost since the end of the Second World War – leaving us vulnerable to the threats of climate change and air pollution, while intensifying nature’s decline.  That’s why we’re calling on the government to commit to planting thousands of miles of hedges all across the country – starting now.   At this critical time, will you demand that the government takes action?  https://takeaction.cpre.org.uk/page/85848/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=facebook-cpre&fbclid=IwAR148SgdiLcZnV9Y6XkoYxPTtBgoDCP0ksPEm_1Wih-pdeJzwJowLY9rjpk Expanding our hedgerow network will provide a natural solution to climate change while revitalising our landscapes.  It will create new lifelines for bees, hedgehogs, dormice and much of the other wildlife we love so much, while

Beach clean
The Million Mile Clean – Beach Cleans

The Million Mile Clean – Beach Cleans

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100,000 VOLUNTEERS X 10 MILES EACH = 1 MILLION MILES    https://beachcleans.org.uk/about Fresh air, community spirit, a sense of accomplishment and a tangible difference to your local beach. Protecting the environment has never been so rewarding. Surfers Against Sewage are excited to bring you the Million Mile Clean.  This is a new campaign which connects our beach cleaning action throughout the year targeting 100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles, whilst cleaning the places they love. After more than a year of isolation, social distancing and reduced physical activity, the Million Mile Clean reconnects communities with the environment.  Also promotes the benefits of volunteering for both mental health and physical wellbeing. Join us for the biggest, most active beach clean campaign ever! HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? We want you to walk, paddle or swim 10 miles throughout the year whilst picking up rubbish. Beach, street, river

Join in the WI Walk with Women for no more Violence

Join in the WI Walk with Women for no more Violence

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On Friday 19 March 2021, the NFWI is calling on all WI members to show their support and solidarity with all women who have experienced abuse and harassment. Between 6pm-7pm, we would like WI members to safely join our ‘WI Walk with Women’, in accordance with social-distancing rules. Together with members of your household, in your support bubble or with a fellow WI member within your local area, we are asking WI members to join us by walking down your street; using candles, lanterns or your phone’s flashlight, to show your support. Soroptimists, we urge you to join in. Please note, the following actions must be taken in accordance with Government guidelines on social distancing, and within Covid-19 restrictions. Join our ‘WI Walk with Women’, and between 6pm-7pm walk down your street with candles, flashlights, lanterns etc. You can ask members of your household and

PArliament
Domestic Abuse Bill – what can you do to lobby?

Domestic Abuse Bill – what can you do to lobby?

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Letter re Domestic Abuse Bill Dear All Firstly, congratulations on the work of all Soroptimists in the UK who lobbied for a change in the law re non-fatal strangulation in domestic abuse. It is now confirmed that there will be a clause in the new Domestic Abuse Bill to change the law – you have been successful! Dame Vera Baird helped with this amendment as she is asking again for our assistance. The final reading of the bill is scheduled for March 8th Between 2009 and 2018, 888 women were killed with 60% being recorded as having domestic abuse as a factor. In the same period 108 men were killed by women with domestic abuse cited in 77% of cases. The defence of provocation reduces a murder charge to manslaughter but doesn’t really work for women because they often use a weapon – e.g., run

United Nations
UN Committee calls for crackdown on trafficking of women and girls in digital age 

UN Committee calls for crackdown on trafficking of women and girls in digital age 

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  GENEVA (11 November 2020) The UN women’s rights committee today called on governments to pursue all appropriate means to eliminate trafficking in women and girls, highlighting the increasing use of social media to recruit trafficking victims during the COVID-19 pandemic. In its general recommendation released today, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) found that women and girls continue to be major victims of trafficking across the world, despite the existing anti-trafficking legal and policy frameworks at national and international levels. The Committee emphasised that the realities of trafficking in women and girls now extend well beyond the offline world, pointing to recent trends of trafficking in cyberspace. The development of social media and chat apps to gain easy access to potential victims when traffickers cannot use more traditional ways to recruit women and girls for sexual exploitation during COVID-19 lockdowns was alarming,

CSW65
What is the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 65?

What is the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 65?

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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 65 is scheduled to take place 15-26 March 2021 in New York. For the first time this will be a virtual event. The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.  Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. Please be reminded that if you want to register for CSW 65 (and receive updates) then you need to do so by the Indico website by 22 February 2021. Main theme: ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public