Vera was delighted to speak at Fabians New Year Conference 14th January 2012 In the morning breakout group: Women The Crisis and Politics Vera shared a platform with Polly Toynbee, Seema Malhotra MP and David Coats, Research Fellow of the Smith Institute. “The first point I wish to make is that we discuss the financial crisis every day and when we do so we should always have in our minds that all economics is gendered. I am grateful to Professor Sylvia Walby who has done considerable work on this topic So, for example when there is a tax rise,
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Vera spoke at the AAFDA Annual Conference in January 2012. View some local press coverage.
The Labour Commission on Women’s Safety began gathering evidence just before Christmas. My colleagues, MPs Kate Green, Stella Creasy and I, met in London with twelve leading national women’s organisations to scope out what our inquiry needs to cover.
The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has asked us to produce a provisional report by International Women’s Day in March about whether, and if so how, coalition decisions, policies and legislation are impacting on women’s safety.
Read the rest of Vera’s piece in Left Foot Forward.
From changing the definition of domestic abuse to turning off street lights, recent policies are contradictory and harmful… Read Vera’s piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section
Making women safe is something on which the Labour Government spent time and resources. Now, the well-known concern that the Coalition Government is hurting women disproportionately in the purse compared to the impact on the male wallet, has turned a more worrying corner. Because the cuts in public spending, legal aid, local government and the police – to mention just a few – appear not to be being assessed for their cumulative impact on women’s personal safety.
Street lights being turned off and poorer public transport make women anxious, whilst police cuts could lead to fewer specialist officers to
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At the invitation of Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Vera is Chair of the Labour Commission on Women’s Safety.
It will investigate whether Coalition cuts and policy changes are starting to endanger women’s safety. With cuts to street lighting and public transport, unstaffed trains, women’s violence services under pressure, legal aid cuts and damaging proposals such as halving sentences for rape guilty pleas, there is a concern that this boys’ public school-run Government has neither cultural affinity understanding of women’s isues. Are women being put into danger?
The Commission will be going nationwide to find out what
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Vera tells the Huffington Post why Family Law legal aid cuts will add to court costs and license more domestic violence.
Read the article in the Huffington Post.
Vera is pleased to have written a new clause into the Legal Aid Bill for the ‘Justice for Jane Clough’ Campaign and got the Shadow Justice Minister to propose it in the House of Commons. “The Government has accepted it in principle but it must go into this Bill and not be delayed because it will save lives”
Here is Julie Bindel’s excellent piece from the Guardian and Vera’s piece on the Justice for
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Research Project: Responses to Rape Questionnaire for Solicitors
Astraea: Gender Justice (Research) is undertaking a small research project on the responses of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to applications made by survivors / victims of rape. Because we are aware that solicitors are approached by victims / survivors of rape and/or advertise their services in respect of applications for CICA compensation, it is important that solicitors’ perspectives are included in this study.
Astraea would be extremely grateful for your co-operation in responding to this questionnaire. To answer questions, please tick the appropriate box. Where you think it is helpful
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