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Event, Bristol Watershed 4th April 6pm

Feminist Dissent, Sharia Law and the Academy. The event features the new journal, Feminist Dissent and the speakers will be Gita Sahgal, ex Amnesty International and a journalist and film maker and Pragna Patel who runs Southall Black Sisters. Register at:



Women's Rights must not be lost under Brexit

Sue Cohen, writes in: http://policybristol.blogs.bris.ac.uk/2017/03/14/womens-rights-gained-under-eu-law-must-not-be-lost-in-brexit/?platform=hootsuite

Much of the debate in the UK, pre and post the referendum, has been on the single market and freedom of movement. Gender has been all but cleansed from the Brexit political and media discourse, with barely a mention of investment in women’s equality, the social infrastructure and the institutions that might guarantee progressive gains from gender mainstreaming.


Gender and the Crisis - Prof Sylvia Walby Address


Date: 30 March 2017
Venue: UWE, Room 4B031, Frenchay Campus
Time: 17:30 - 19:30

The Bristol Business and Law School invites you to Professor Sylvia Walby's Distinguished Professorial Address at UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Thursday 30 March from 17:30.

The address will take place in Room 4B031, Frenchay Campus. Refreshements will be served before and after the address.



EHRC Plan for post-brexit equality and human rights

"Brexit plans lack ambition for equality and human rights" - https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/brexit-plans-lack-ambition-equality-and-human-rights

20 March 2017

Publishing a 5 point plan on how Britain’s status as a world leader on equality and human rights can be maintained and strengthened after we leave the European Union, Mr Isaac has called for the government to set out its vision for a fairer Britain once we leave the EU and demonstrate how it will take a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a shared society and heal the divisions exposed during and since the referendum campaign.

The 5 point plan covers:

  • protecting parliamentary sovereignty over the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework
  • retaining the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework as we leave the European Union
  • ensuring the UK is a global leader on equality and human rights
  • protecting the UK’s equality and human rights infrastructure
  • promoting the UK as an open and fair place to live and do business

Setting out what steps the government can take to create a fairer Britain once we leave the EU the action plan published today includes:


WEC report on UK Government and UN women's equality goals


14 March 2017

The Government must publish a plan on how it intends to achieve gender equality, a new report from the Women and Equalities Committee says.

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations, in which the UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5, a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. However, unlike 22 other countries, the UK Government has not set out a clear strategic plan for how this international obligation will be met.

The Committee's report found that many of the targets under SDG 5 require cross-departmental working and it is not clear that effective lines of responsibility for co-ordinating this have been established. The Committee has called on the Government to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to achieve this.


Women's information and celebration day event 29th March

Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BME Network invitation. See: http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events

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Outcry over NICs hides the biggest losers of government tax and benefit policy

The analysis published today by the Women’s Budget Group and Runnymede Trust shows that by continuing with planned freezes and cuts to in-work and out-of-work benefits that the poorest women will be £1581 worse off a year, on average, by 2020 compared to if policies in place in 2010 had continued.

Key findings of the cumulative distributional analysis of tax and benefit changes since 2010 are that: