2021 New Year’s Honours for Women Working for Women


Alison Smith
Treasurer, SOS Rape Crisis, Southend on Sea. For services to Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Essex

June Patricia Freeman
Founder Member, Colchester Refuge. For services to the Women’s Refuge Movement in Colchester – Essex

Norah Al-Ani
Director, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. For services to Social Justice and to Gender Equality


For New Year and Birthday Honours previous awarded see http://www.womensgrid.org.uk/?s=Honours+for+Women+Working+for+Women

January 7, 2021

25 January 2021 14:00 ~ COVID-19 and its Impact on Gender, Justice and Security – Centre for Women, Peace and Security – Online

Online public event until 3:30pm


  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
  • Dr Nelson Camilo Sanchez
  • Dr Josephine Ahikire


  • Professor Christine Chinkin

The outbreak of a global pandemic has simultaneously revealed the fragility and robustness of health, education, economic, security, political and social systems. There is no shortage of exceptional responses to the pandemic. These have included the physical lockdown of millions of people, mandates to return millions from cities to rural communities, restrictions on expression that challenges government management of the crisis, data tracking on the movement of persons, extensive border controls, and a broad range of political and legal controls that are far-reaching across all levels of public and private life. Responses have also included remarkable initiatives at community level, often led by women, to provide care where state services fail and to maintain momentum for progressive policy agendas.

This event will take stock of changing social and political landscapes, locally and internationally, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Three Co-Directors of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub will discuss questions such as: How have responses to COVID-19 affected the fight for gender justice and inclusive security? What are the impacts of the crisis on political and social rights agendas? Has the pandemic exacerbated the closing down of civil society space? How are gender roles and conceptions of masculinity challenged as a result of the reconfiguration of public and private spaces? And, perhaps most importantly, as we head towards a post-COVID reckoning: does the moment of crisis brought about by the pandemic offer opportunities for positive change?

Meet our speakers and chair

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (@NiAolainF) is concurrently Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the Queens University, Belfast. Ní Aoláin is currently the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism.

Nelson Camilo Sanchez is an assistant professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, a research associate at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society – Dejusticia, in Colombia, and a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub.

Josephine Ahikire is Deputy Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies. She has over 20 years of teaching and publishing in Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University in feminist theory, gender and politics, livelihood and cultural studies.

Christine Chinkin, FBA, CMG, is the former Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, a Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan and a member of the Bar of England and Wales and Matrix Chambers. She was previously Professor of International Law (LSE). She has authored many articles on international law and human rights law, particularly women’s human rights.

More about this event

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security (@LSE_WPS) is a leading academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation of women in conflict-affected situations around the world.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECOVID19

  • This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.
  • Registration will open after 10am via Zoom on Monday 11 January.
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December 15, 2020

26 February 2021 23:59 ~ Home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation – DHSC – Online – Consultation Closing Date

About this consultation

During the COVID-19 pandemic the UK government put in place a temporary approval in England, enabling women and girls to take both pills for early medical abortion (EMA) up to 10 weeks (9 weeks and 6 days) gestation in their own homes, following a telephone or e-consultation with a clinician, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic. This measure has been put in place during the pandemic to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure continued access to abortion services. It is time limited for 2 years, or until the pandemic is over ‒ whichever is earliest.

Prior to the pandemic government policy was that only the second pill for early medical abortion could be taken at home and that women should attend an abortion service to take the first pill. Existing guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) (2014) was developed to provide support for doctors and sets out how the 1967 Abortion Act is interpreted by the department.

The guidance dealt with a number of issues including the role of the certifying doctors and the steps they should take to assess risk to the woman’s physical or mental health, the role of the multi-disciplinary team and consultations via webcam or telephone. The guidance also sets out that while there is no statutory requirement for either doctor to have seen and/or examined the woman, it is the department’s interpretation of the law that both doctors should ensure that they have considered sufficient information specific to the woman seeking a termination to be able to assess whether the woman satisfies one of the lawful grounds under the Abortion Act. Although there is no legal requirement for at least one of the certifying doctors to have seen the pregnant woman before reaching a decision about a termination, the guidance expressed the department’s view is that it is good practice for this to be the case.

The temporary COVID-19 approval changed this practice and data shows that most women are now taking both pills at home following an on-line consultation. Following a commitment made in Parliament to consult on this issue, the UK government is seeking views on whether to make permanent the current temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for EMA medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation for all eligible women or whether, after the pandemic, the previous approval should be reinstated. The government recognises the sensitivities around the issue of abortion, and the strongly held views on all sides of the debate. This is why the government proposes to consult on this issue to give all sides an opportunity to input their views, evidence and data.


This consultation is solely seeking views on whether to keep the existing approach or to make permanent the temporary COVID-19 measure allowing for home use of both pills for EMA up to 10 weeks’ gestation for all eligible women in England. The scope does not extend to other abortion-related matters, including the wider legal framework. It does not include provision of abortion services in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The policy objectives of this consultation are to understand the:

  • impact and experience of the temporary measure
  • benefits of making the temporary measure permanent
  • risks of making the temporary measure permanent
  • evidence base for making the temporary measure permanent

References in this consultation to “women and girls” include a person of any age who is pregnant.


This consultation opened on 26 November 2020 and closes at 11:59pm on 26 February 2021.

Responding to the consultation

The government would welcome feedback from anyone with an interest or view on whether or not to make permanent the current temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortions (EMA) up to 10 weeks’ gestation for all eligible women, addressing the specific questions in this consultation document.

We particularly welcome views from those who have been directly affected by the current temporary measure, including:

  • women and girls who have accessed abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken both pills for EMA at home
  • healthcare professionals and National Health Service (NHS) organisations
  • NHS and independent sector abortion providers
  • Royal Colleges and other professional bodies

All responses are confidential. You can choose to make an anonymous contribution, or you can give your details. When responding, please state whether you are doing so as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents or the role of the organisation and, where applicable, how the views of members were assembled.

We would like to be able to quote people’s or organisation’s comments in the government response, in order to illustrate key points arising in the course of the consultation. If you’re happy for us to do this, please indicate this on the form. You can remain anonymous and still agree to your comments being quoted.

See also:

For full details and how to respond go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/home-use-of-both-pills-for-early-medical-abortion/home-use-of-both-pills-for-early-medical-abortion-up-to-10-weeks-gestation


December 15, 2020

19 February 2021 23:45 ~ Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Call for Evidence – Home Office Consultation – Closing Date


This call for evidence is seeking to collect views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crimes considered as violence against women and girls. It will run for a period of 10 weeks.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 19 February 2021

Consultation description

We are seeking your views to help inform the development of the Government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. We are particularly keen to hear from people who may feel underrepresented in previous strategies or who feel their circumstances were not supported by existing services.

In addition to those with lived experiences of these issues, we are also seeking the views of those with expertise in working with victims and survivors, those involved in preventative activity, and those involved in providing services. This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

Everyone aged 16 or over is welcome to contribute to the Call for Evidence, you do not have to have experienced violence or abuse to take part.

You can participate in the Call for Evidence by completing the public survey.

We also welcome submissions from academics and others who have interest and expertise in violence against women and girls. Written submissions can include the contribution of published data, research, and other reports of relevance to violence against women and girls. Further information on how to provide a written submission is available in the attachment ‘Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy 2021-2024: call for evidence’.


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Ways to respond


See also:

Nationwide call for views on tackling violence against women and girls

The launch of this Call for Evidence will mean that the experiences of victims and survivors will be at the heart of the government’s strategy. As well as urging organisations who directly support victims and survivors – such as frontline professionals and academics – to respond, for the first time the government is also asking victims, survivors, and their families and friends for their views and experiences.

Over the last 10 years, the government has responded to newer forms of crimes against women, such as cyber flashing and revenge porn. Action includes making ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence and commissioning a review of the laws around non-consensual sharing of intimate images, however, the pace of societal and technological change means it is even more critical that we adapt the response to these crimes.

This strategy will be an important step in making sure the government’s efforts continue to keep up with societal and technological change.

Given sensitivities, this survey will be carried out in partnership with third sector organisations so that victims and survivors are fully supported when speaking about their experiences. This will be anonymous, enabling respondents to provide as much information as they are comfortable with.

During the 10 week consultation, the government will also seek the views of organisations who directly support victims and survivors, such as frontline professionals and academics.

Read the full press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nationwide-call-for-views-on-tackling-violence-against-women-and-girls

December 11, 2020

10 December 2020 16:00 ~ Gendered Peace: the legacy of the Tokyo Women’s Tribunal – Centre for Women, Peace and Security – Online

Until 5:30pm (*)


  • Christine Chinkin
    Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security
  • Gabrielle K. McDonald
    Founder of Blacks of the American Society of International Law
  • Indai Sajor
    IASC Senior Gender Advisor


  • Louise Arimatsu
    Distinguished Policy Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security


  • Patricia Viseur Sellers
    International criminal lawyer

Twenty years ago, the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery took place in Tokyo, Japan. Join us for the streaming of a new documentary that reflects on the Tribunal. The documentary commemorates the anniversary by acknowledging the Tribunal as a significant landmark and exploring its legacy. The documentary will be streamed live twice: on December 8 at 09:00 GMT (UK time) and on December 10 at 16:00 GMT (UK time). Each streaming will be followed by a panel discussion with different sets of speakers, who have been involved in the work of the Tribunal and feature in the documentary.

About the speakers:

Introduction: Louise Arimatsu
Dr Louise Arimatsu is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she works on the AHRC project ‘A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security’ and the ERC project ‘Gendered Peace’. Her current research projects include ‘A Feminist Foreign Policy’ and ‘Women and Weapons’. Twitter: @larimatsu10

Moderator: Patricia Viseur Sellers
Patricia Viseur Sellers Esq is an international criminal lawyer. She is the Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Sellers is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of the University of Oxford and a Practicing Professor at London School of Economics. She was the Legal Advisor for Gender and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) Tribunal and Rwanda Tribunal (ICTR).


Christine Chinkin
Professor Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Professor Chinkin is a leading expert on international law and human rights law, especially the international human rights of women. In 2000, her co-authored, ground-breaking book with Hilary Charlesworth, ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ examined the status of women in human rights and international law’. In 2005, in recognition of this and other contributions, Chinkin and Charlesworth were awarded the American Society of International Law, Goler T. Butcher Medal ‘for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’.

Gabrielle K. McDonald
The Honorable Gabrielle Kirk McDonald is a legal pioneer that for fifty years has progressively shaped the development of civil rights law in the United States and international law. Graduating first in her class from Howard University School of Law, she joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund advocating for the enforcement of civil rights for Black Americans. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court, becoming only the third African-American woman to join the federal judiciary. In 1993 Judge McDonald was one of the first eleven judges elected by the United Nations to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, becoming its president in 1997. Thereafter, she joined the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, until her retirement in 2013. As the founder of the Blacks of the American Society of International Law, she continues to seek equal opportunities for Blacks in international law.

Indai Sajor
Indai Sajor has over thirty years of experience working in countries in war and conflict in Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East. She was the Programme Manager of UNDP Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan directing gender equality, SGBV and governance law projects. She was awarded the Rockefeller Fellow on Human Security by City University of New York and Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Award by the University of Toronto. She served as co-convener of the internationally recognized Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery, an international law landmark initiative that recognized sexual slavery as a crime against humanity. She was a Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica teaching Gender and Peacebuilding 2004-2009.

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December 8, 2020