17 November 2018 14:00 ~ Decriminalising Abortion – Birmingham Abortion Rights

Free

  • Until 16:30 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

Did you know, abortion is still a crime in the UK, punishable by up to life imprisonment?

Did you know that women in Northern Ireland have to choose between buying abortion pills unlawfully and travelling to the mainland to access abortion?

Do you want to hear about the successful campaign to Repeal the 8th amendment banning in abortion, and how we can build on this to overturn the archaic Victorian laws that threaten women, restrict developments in good clinical practice, and set up a chilling environment for abortion service providers.

Please join us to hear more about the issues: Speakers include:

  • Abortion Rights
  • Alliance for Choice
  • London-Irish Abortion Campaign.

Free but please register @ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decriminalising-abortion-tickets-51801781523

November 14, 2018

25 November 2018 9:30 ~ International Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism – #OneLaw4All – London

On 25 November, International Day against Violence against Women, there will be an international conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism in central London with 38 notable speakers from 24 countries and the Diaspora who are leaders in the fight for equality, secularism and against the far-Right and religious fundamentalisms of all stripes.

Keynote speakers at the conference are Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel and Asia Bibi’s Lawyer, Saif Ul Malook. Asia Bibi is a Christian woman accused of blasphemy who was on death row in Pakistan for eight years. Saif Ul Malook successfully defended Bibi and she was released on appeal in November 2018.

Other distinguished speakers at the one-day event include Bangladeshi Writer Bonya Ahmed who survived a brutal attack which resulted in the murder of her husband Avijit Roy; Moroccan Activist Ibtissame Betty Lachgar; FEMEN Leader Inna Shevchenko; Algerian Sociologist Marieme Helie Lucas; Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El Fani; Polish Secularist Nina Sankari and Women in Black Belgrade Co-Founder Stasa Zajovic.

The leading secularists and veteran women’s rights campaigners will discuss Sharia, Religious Arbitration and Family Law, the Politics of Collusion, Gender Segregation, the Veil, Women’s Bodily Autonomy and Secularism as a Defence of Women’s and Minority Rights.

There will be a dance and public art protest in solidarity with the women’s movement against compulsory veiling in Iran and an evening awards ceremony to recognise women’s rights campaigners. For the first time in the UK, there will be a screening of 3 Second Divorce by Shazia Javed. The new film explores the impact of instant triple-talaq on Indian Muslim women through intimate stories as well as behind-the-scene glimpses at the struggle of activists fighting for a legal ban on this practice.

The conference aims to gather secular and egalitarian forces, highlight voices from the frontlines, and reaffirm the centrality of the universality of rights and the principle of secularism – the complete separation of religion from the state.

The conference, organised by Maryam Namazie, will mark the 10th anniversary of the One Law for All Campaign for equality irrespective of background, beliefs and religions.

The Conference is sponsored by Bread and Roses TV; Center for Inquiry; Centre for Secular Space; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Culture Project; European Network of Migrant Women; Equal Rights Now; Fitnah; Freedom from Religion Foundation; National Secular Society; One Law for All; Southall Black Sisters and Secularism is a Women’s Issue.

Notes:

  1. The conference schedule and speaker biographies can be found on the conference website.
  2. Tickets from £65-£85 include lunch and other refreshments Conference end 21:00 Tickets to the conference are available here.
  3. For press passes or for more information, please contact: Maryam Namazie and Sina Ahadi Pour via website or onelawforall@gmail.com.

www.secularconference.com

November 14, 2018

6 December 2018 21:00 ~ A Taste of Honey – Young Women’s Trust Fundraiser – London

#WomenInFilm2018 and the Young Women’s Trust present a fundraiser screening of Tony Richardson’s Kitchen Sink classic A Taste of Honey.

Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who are at risk of being trapped in poverty. We give young women a voice, campaign for change, and offer free support.

Part of the proceeds will go towards  the Young Wonen’s Trust, however if you’d like to help them out more you can buy a solidarity ticket at £11.

In this domestic drama, British teen Jo (Rita Tushingham) struggles to find love in her bleak day-to-day life, which is dominated by her alcoholic mother, Helen (Dora Bryan). When Jo has a brief fling with a black sailor and Helen takes up with a new lover, their already tense relationship is further strained. Jo faces more complications as she discovers she is pregnant, but finds support when she moves in with an odd but thoughtful gay student named Geoffrey (Murray Melvin).

  • 100 minutes
  • Director: Tony Richardson
  • Cast: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Murray Melvin, Robert Stephens, Paul Danquah, David Boliver
  • UK (1961)

#WomenInFilm2018 is presented in association with Birds Eye View, Hackney Wicked Women, WFTV, F-Rated, Bechdel Test Fest and #genesisters. As part of this year-long season we’ll be screening only films that have: a female director/co-director, a female writer/co-writer, or a strong/iconic female lead..

Book tickets at http://genesiscinema.co.uk/GenesisCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=14542727

November 14, 2018

Funding boost for vulnerable female offenders in the community – Ministry of Justice

Twelve organisations across the country who are doing excellent work to help divert women away from crime and reduce reoffending, have been awarded a share of £3.3 million by the Ministry of Justice.

  • £3.3 million awarded to 12 organisations in first wave of community services investment
  • Funding covers services from employment to counselling in areas from Brighton to Barnsley
  • It is part of the Government’s commitment to divert vulnerable women from prison to community support

This follows the publication of the Female Offender Strategy, which set out a range of measures aimed at shifting focus away from custody towards rehabilitative community services.

The 12 successful bidders were chosen following a comprehensive assessment process. The funding was offered to help sustain existing services in some cases and improve or provide new ones in others – covering both female offenders and women at risk of offending in the community. There is a further £1.7 million of funding which is part of the female offender strategy and will be awarded in the coming months.

The funding recognises that while serious crimes will always be punished proportionally, a large number of female offenders are in extremely vulnerable positions. Many face issues with substance misuse and mental health problems, often as a result of repeated abuse and trauma – for example some 60% of female offenders have experienced domestic abuse.

Providing grants directly to small organisations for targeted projects ensures excellent value for money as they work directly in the communities they serve and are best placed to understand the challenges faced by the women they support. Each project will be evaluated to measure its success and any relevant learning can be applied to other vulnerable women across the criminal justice system.

The 12 successful bidders are:

  • Stockport Women’s Centre on behalf of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance
    Funding will boost services being delivered at women’s centres across Greater Manchester, including support for women who have experienced domestic abuse and other complex needs.
  • Equinox Care, Brighton & Hove
    A Domestic Violence Trauma worker pilot and other services to address women’s needs will be launched within its Supported Accommodation Service.
  • Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall
    Funding will provide additional specialist outreach services across the counties, particularly to reach women in more rural areas.
  • The Nelson Trust, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Somerset
    Newly recruited project workers will provide support for female offenders and women at risk of offending with 1:1 counselling and group therapy sessions.
  • Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
    Partnered with other local services, the PCC will introduce a network of female community hubs – designed as a central point for women being referred at all points of the criminal justice system.
  • PSS UK, Merseyside
    Vital funding will secure the future of this domestic abuse service which had been at risk of closure. The investment will extend services delivered for women with addiction and mental health needs.
  • PACT, Berkshire
    Specialist workers will be funded to deliver support for women who have experienced abuse with a specialised service for those women who have children and need support to live independently.
  • The Good Loaf, Northamptonshire
    A new centre in Kettering will be opened to provide support to women in the north of the county, complementing the service delivered at the Northampton women’s centre.
  • Willowdene Rehabilitation Centre
    Funding will extend the residential rehabilitation for women to the West Midlands and will also support the development of new services.
  • Anawim women’s centre, Birmingham
    The centre will be able to offer support to high risk female offenders, including 1:1 caseworkers and on-site psychologists available to provide specialist mental health support.
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
    The grant funding will develop a new women’s centre in Barnsley including a housing model with emergency bed spaces for women leaving prison.
  • Trevi House Ltd, Plymouth
    Funding will enable the service to purchase a larger premises to support women in Plymouth.

Part of a longer press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-boost-for-vulnerable-female-offenders-in-the-community

November 14, 2018