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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

Prison Reform Trust
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
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

Leaders call on the Prime Minister to create just and green pandemic recovery

Leaders call on the Prime Minister to create just and green pandemic recovery

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  In a letter coordinated by UKSSD and UN Global Compact Network UK, leaders of over 160 businesses, civil society organisations and public life have called on on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a socially just and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the SDGs to consolidate and future proof Covid-19 recovery plans in the UK. Signatories include the leaders of Leonard Cheshire, NatWest Group, Nestle UK & Ireland, Linklaters, Good Energy, HSBC, Mott MacDonald and Unilever, and public figures such as filmmaker Richard Curtis, the Mayor of Bristol, the Chairman of the Local Government Association and Dr Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl). DOWNLOAD THE LETTER The letter recommends the SDGs are used to: Unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy.

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

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COP26 For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The challenge is not insignificant, but we must step up to it to save the environment we all live in. The UN Climate Change process is central to that collective action.  The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC was originally scheduled to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.  On 28 May 2020, the COP Bureau decided that it would take place from 1-12 November 2021, in Glasgow,

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UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND COVID–19 A blog by Pat Black Soroptimist International 29 May 2020

UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND COVID–19 A blog by Pat Black Soroptimist International 29 May 2020

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#HEARMYSIVOICE Soroptimist International supports all activities which work towards achieving SDG 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. However, we do not hear of the work of the UN Security Council very often. I was invited recently through National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) UK, to attend a virtual consultation with NGOs and the current President of the UN Security Council, His Excellency Sven Jurgenson of Estonia. It was a very interesting meeting attended by about 90 representatives from a wide range of non governmental organisations with consultative status at the UN. The President indicated that initially after 12 March 2020 when the UN closed its doors very little took place at the Security Council whilst they were trying to work out how to make progress during the current COVID–19 pandemic. Once they decided to work virtually it took them some time to set

How do we secure a safe future for women and girls? By Parliamentarian Action

How do we secure a safe future for women and girls? By Parliamentarian Action

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On 8 June 2020, it will be 8 years since the UK signed the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. Much progress has been made in this time.   However, eight years on, we are anxious to see ratification at last. Ratifying the Convention is a key step in securing a safe future for women and girls in the UK. We cannot afford to wait. As a parliamentarian, you have a critical role to play in helping us keep this on the government’s agenda and ensuring they keep their promise to ratify the Convention. Please speak out on 8 June and call on the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention. How you can help: Print a copy of our campaign board here. Get a photo of yourself holding the campaign board. Share it on social media with the hashtags #RatifyIC. #IstanbulConvention and tag @ICChangeUK on Facebook and Twitter. Send other parliamentarians this action

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What is Generation Equality?

What is Generation Equality?

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The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 (Beijing Platform for Action) is the most visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. Developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.  Also known as the largest-ever gathering of gender equality advocates the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by 189 governments committed to taking strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas of concern: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and the girl child. In 2020, it will be 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or in private. Despite some progress, real change has been agonisingly slow for the majority of women and girls in

Why is Together First bringing new voices into global governance

Why is Together First bringing new voices into global governance

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Together First is a growing movement of global citizens, experts, practitioners, civil society activists and business leaders from all regions of the world. Together First is committed to making the best ideas for global governance a reality. We believe that by making the conversation on global governance accessible and inclusive.  We will help create a more democratic, transparent and accountable system – one that is, ultimately, more effective too. The UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020 must be the starting point of a global governance transformation. Together First is campaigning for the September 2020 world leaders’ summit to discuss, agree and initiate the reforms we urgently need, based on an inclusive action plan. Through our call for ideas, we will bring new voices to the decision-making table.  We want to work with them to push for concrete solutions and implementation. Our efforts will be closely coordinated with the

What is International Day of Living Together in Peace, through Partnership – 16th May 2020

What is International Day of Living Together in Peace, through Partnership – 16th May 2020

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The UN International Day of Living Together in Peace was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 8 December 2017 under Resolution 72/130.  Based on the UN Charter, the UNESCO Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The aim of the Day is to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony by upholding the desire to live and act together, through partnerships, and to be united in our differences and diversity. This year the day will have particular significance for those involved in World War II, as it will follow on closely from commemorating VE (Victory in Europe) Day 75 on 8th May.  World War II in Asia did not end until 2nd September, 1945 when the armed forces of Japan surrendered to the Allies. Without working across nations these victories could not have been achieved. In 2020 we are faced with