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

Violence against women and girls: Istanbul Convention progress report

The Home Office has published the second progress report on the UK's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul convention), which describes actions taken since the publication of the first report in 2017. The progress report provides a breakdown of progress by the four nations relating to the prosecution, protection and prevention of violence against women and girls.

November 11, 2018

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland Group Work

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is running a 6-week evening group from mid-February 2019 in central Newcastle. This group is for any woman aged 16 or over who lives, works or studies in the Newcastle area and has experienced sexual violence at any time in her life. The group offers a safe, supportive space to meet other women, explore myths around sexual violence and practice self-care and positive coping mechanisms. For further information, please call 0191 2220272 or email enquiries@rctn.org.uk.

November 11, 2018