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									Dear All

Welcome the info-mail from the NEWomen’s Network. This is a bumper
edition because NEWomen's Network members have sent in loads of
information to share with each other. Keep you news and information
coming to

EVENTS for details of all events in the NEWomen’s Network go
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HINDU NARI SANGH - Multi-cultural event at the Customs House, South
The event will held at the Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields on
Saturday the 27th June 2009. Concert will start sharp at 7 PM and
consists of Bollywood dance, Indian Classical dance, Solo musicians,
drama and much more. Tickets are £5 per head (children under five go
free) which includes refreshments. Please join us with friends and family
and give encouragement to the local groups. Tickets can be booked at
the Customs House Box Office 01914541234, Dr Shobha Srivastava
01914558146 or Mrs Pat Hay 01914558281.

African Women Support Network singing and drumming group
African Women Support Network North East is inviting women living in
North East interested in a singing and drumming to get in touch with me
by email or telephone 07779857151. Karen Harrison
would like to know if women would like to take part in a mixed session
(men and women) and if they have children under 5 years of age needing
childcare. Sessions to starts soon.

Breast Cancer Sun Walk
Breast cancer charity Walk the Walk is delighted to announce that The
SunWalk Newcastle, a new Power Walking charity challenge for the North
East will be returning to Exhibition Park on Sunday 19th July. To take
part in The SunWalk Newcastle, please visit Enter
online on the website to download an entry form. For further press
information please call Jess Lyons or Melita Swan at Bray Leino Public
Relations on 01179 731173 or email


Women’s Health in South Tyneside gets Queens Award
Women's Health in South Tyneside (Whist) is one of seven groups in
North East England to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
this year. The prestigious national honour, which is equivalent to the
MBE, recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities
by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others. It sets
the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and the activities
of recipients have been judged of the highest standard.

New public policies on the handling of rape cases
Revised public policies on the way the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
handles cases of rape and domestic violence aim to give greater clarity to
those who support victims, and provide consistency for prosecutors. The
policies follow a public consultation and focus groups with organisations,
criminal justice agencies and individuals. They are aimed at those who
support victims of rape and domestic violence, professionally or
Copies are available at or can be ordered
from CPS Communications branch 0207 796 8442 Translations into other languages or in
audio format are available on request.

Scotland publishes violence against women strategy
The Scottish government has become the first national government in
the UK to publish a violence against women strategy, Shared Lives,
Changed Lives. Scotland has led the way for several years on broadening
its domestic abuse strategy to cover sexual violence and other forms of
violence against women. The strategy is explicitly rooted in obligations
under the Gender Equality Duty. Congratulations to all those in
government, public bodies and the voluntary sector who have achieved
this major success! The UK government has recently consulted in England
on violence against women strategy and is expected to publish a draft
document in the autumn.


Consortium Manager, Women’s Health and Equality Consortium
This newly formed partnership comprising of Rape Crisis, Women’s
Health Concern, Forward UK, Maternity Action, Positively Women, YWCA
England & Wales is seeking a highly dynamic and skilled woman to lead
the development of the Consortium, strengthen the consortium’s role as
a key influencer with Health and social care policy and strategy makers.
Application is by Expression of Interest addressing the personal
specification in the recruitment pack and accompanying CV. Please
email for a recruitment pack. For all other
enquiries please contact Pat McArdle, YWCA, Director of Services on


Ministry of Justice, Women Offenders
A short study of a joint project for the Ministry of Justice and the Social
Exclusion Task Force, Cabinet Office has been published on the Cabinet
Office website. The report brings together existing data and new analysis
on women offenders.

'Violence Against Women in Urban and Rural Areas'.
Bristol University with the National Federation of Women's Institutes
(NFWI) have published research on violence against women in urban and
rural areas

Calls for tougher action on growing sexualisation of women
‘Joining up the Dots’, a new report published by OBJECT calls on the
Government to take tough action to address the growing sexualisation of
women in the media and popular culture. The report is timed to coincide
with the final day of a Home Office consultation on a new cross-
governmental strategy to end violence against women (1). ‘Joining up
the dots’ draws together existing research as well as new evidence that
women and girls are increasingly sexualised, stereotyped and objectified
in the media and popular culture.

The Mail-order bride industry
Eaves has published a report Male Ordered: The Mail-Order Bride
Industry and Trafficking in Women for Sexual and Labour Exploitation.
This report provides extensive research of the mail-order bride industry
in the UK -- an industry that is inextricably linked to the promotion of
trafficking, prostitution, pornography and slavery. The report suggests
that this industry not only exploits vulnerable groups of women but also
reinforces racial and ethnic stereotypes.


One Stop Shop Services to prevent and reduce offending by women
A meeting will take place at Parentline Plus offices (Suite 4, Lambton
House, 10 Lambton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4RX) on Thursday
25th June at 10.30am to discuss possibilities for provision for women in
the North East. There is no formal agenda but there will be a report
back from the briefing session at the MOJ with further details of the
funding criteria and bidding process; a round up of current ideas and
proposals; and next steps on potential collaborations / partnerships.
Confirm your attendance with Helen Attewell, NEPACS, 0191 375 7278
Please note that for the south of the region, a meeting is being held at
Tees Valley Women’s Centre on Tuesday 23rd June at 10 am - contact

A Woman’s Place
NIACE are inviting organisations to take part in a national research and
development project that will contribute to and impact on the emerging
ESOL and community cohesion policy. The project, ‘A Woman’s Place’,
will run from May 2009 to December 2010. 10 pilots will engage women

in a range of learning activities including ESOL, family learning and other
relevant provision. The pilots will test the Dare to Dream Community
Planning and Outreach Framework and use the engagement tools and
learning activities developed by NIACE. Each pilot will receive a grant of
£1,000 for their participation. Please contact: Linda Dixon, Project
officer, LLN Team, NIACE


Domestic Abuse Courses
Pro-Act, are delivering domestic abuse courses throughout the North East
region in July 2009 for anyone working in the voluntary & community
sectors and the statutory sector. Contact Sue Buchan at or call 0771 271 2463

Free Human Rights Training in Newcastle
VONNE is organising human rights and campaigning training in
conjunction with the British Institute of Human Rights. The training will
be held on the 1 - 2 July from 10am - 4.30pm at The Assembly Rooms,
Newcastle. This free two-day course will demonstrate that human rights
have enormous potential to assist organisations with the development
and delivery of campaigns with real 'bite'! For more details and to book
a place please go to British
Institute of Human Rights have a training and consultancy which can
design and deliver specific training to organisations which may also be of


The No Recourse campaign needs your support NOW!
On 9 June 2009 the Home Office will launch the Government's new
scheme on No Recourse to Public Funds despite criticisms raised by
service providers, immigration law practitioners, human rights
organisations and others that the proposed backdated payments will not
be adequate and will not meet the Government's human rights
obligations to protect women from violence and destitution.
Take action by writing a letter to Home Office Minister Alan Campbell
and attaching the campaign statement. Please let us know that you have
done this and if you receive a reply:
Read the campaign statement
Download a template letter to Alan Campbell and post or e-mail to
Join the campaign Facebook group and invite others to join

AmnestyUKis a lead organisation in this campaign. See Amnesty's website
for more information.

30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming
This is illegal discrimination. It is against the law for an employee to be
dismissed or given worse working conditions because they are pregnant
or on maternity leave.
It can be particularly hard if you’re pregnant and on your own and
recession is making things worse. The new Equality Bill may actually
weaken the protection for pregnant women in the workplace. For more
information about pregnancy discrimination, including advice about your
rights, where to find support, and how to take action, click on the link


WRC CEDAW Film on YouTube
Check out the Women’s Resource Centre Commission for Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) film on YouTube

Domestic Abuse and Disability
New posters and a leaflet focusing on domestic abuse and disability are
now available from Women’s Aid
You can order these for free from the website (small charge for p&p).
The leaflet for disabled women experiencing domestic abuse also
contains a section for services providers.

Expect Respect Educational Toolkit
A Women’s Aid Initiative supported by the Body Shop. The Toolkit is a
new easy-to-use online resource developed by teachers in partnership
with Women's Aid, to help promote healthy relationships with the school
curriculum and effective responses to children affected by domestic
violence. It consists of year and age-appropriate lessons plans which
meet PHSE, SEAL and Every Child Matters targets and outcomes

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