[UK] New law against forced marriage takes effect

[UK] New law against forced marriage takes effect

 PA – Independent – Wednesday, 18 June 2014 (originally published 16 Jun) Forced marriage is “a tragedy for each and every victim”, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect. From today, forcing someone into marriage will carry a maximum seven-year jail term under the 2014 Anti-Social […]

[UK women] Ten times as vulnerable

[UK women] Ten times as vulnerable

Craig Gilbert – London Community News – Friday, 17 January 2014 (originally published 14 Jan) Susan MacPhail often reflects on a young aboriginal woman who once passed through the doors at My Sisters’ Place. The “stunningly beautiful young woman” who came to London from a reserve in another part of the province suffered from schizophrenia. […]

‘I feel empowered, in control of my body’: four [UK] women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies

‘I feel empowered, in control of my body’: four [UK] women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies

Anna Moore – Telegraph – Tuesday, 22 October 2013 (originally published 20 Oct) Cancer is on the rise. According to a recent report by Macmillan Cancer Support, nearly half of all Britons will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime. Billions of pounds are spent researching and trialling conventional medical treatments, and health advances are made […]

Where are the women scientists and engineers?

Where are the women scientists and engineers?

Chi Onwurah – Guardian – Friday, 20September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept) It may not have made the headlines, but roughly the same number of men and women spoke at last week’s British Science festival in Newcastle. With Maggie Aderin-Pocock appearing alongside Robert Winston, the annual week-long celebration of science, engineering and technology achieved gender […]

Police act to halt sex harassment on London buses and trains

Police act to halt sex harassment on London buses and trains

Jane Martinson – Guardian – Tuesday, 23 July 2013 (originally published 21 Jul) Victims of sexual assault and harassment are to be encouraged to come forward and report the crimes as part of a major scheme launching this week on London‘s transport networks. In the first initiative of its kind of this size, all 2,000 […]

[UK] Women in Science: Changing the game for women in science: it’s not a one-stop-shop

[UK] Women in Science: Changing the game for women in science: it’s not a one-stop-shop

Dr Seirian Sumner and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Independent – Monday, 22 July 2013 (originally published 21 Jul) Scientists are generally viewed as private creatures who shy away from contact with the public. What, therefore, could be more remarkable than stumbling across a bunch of real live scientists standing on soapboxes on the streets of […]

Queen’s Speech: Coalition reaches out to women with pensions and new rights for carers – if councils can afford it

Queen’s Speech: Coalition reaches out to women with pensions and new rights for carers – if councils can afford it

Nigel Morris  – Independent – Thursday, 09 May 2013 (originally published 07 May)  Hundreds of thousands of carers will be promised new rights in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow as the number of elderly and vulnerable people being looked after by family members continues to soar. The move is designed to relieve the pressure on people […]

Margaret Thatcher Love her or Hate Her: The Iron Lady’s Best Quotes

Margaret Thatcher Love her or Hate Her: The Iron Lady’s Best Quotes

Nina Bahadur – Huffington Post – Wednesday, 10 April 2013 (originally published 08 Apr)   Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away this morning (now yesterday morning) at the age of 87, leading to an outpouring of tributes from around the globe. Conservative Thatcher was a divisive figure, but she was generally well-respected as […]