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Domestic violence – not just a domestic issue

13 Aug 2014, by in Equality

Domestic violence may happen behind closed doors but it has far reaching consequences beyond the home and often has a significant impact on the working lives of those (the majority of whom are women) living with an abusive partner. The scale of the problem is huge. In the UK, in any one year, more than…

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The Childcare Conundrum

29 Jan 2013, by in Equality

Today the Minister for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss, will set out the government’s plans to reform the childcare system. While Truss is right to identify the problems with the UK childcare system, the proposed solution of increasing the ratios of childcare worker to child, is likely to worsen the problem, rather than alleviate it.…

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Better late than never – UK Government signs Council of Europe convention on violence against women

12 Jun 2012, by in Equality

Following my previous blogs on the UK Government’s failure to sign the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention (previously the CAHVIO Convention) on violence against women, I’m pleased to report that the government has now  (very quietly) announced that it has signed up. The announcement was buried in the detail of the announcement about the proposal to…

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A happy International Women’s Day surprise: Government commits to signing Istanbul Convention on violence against women

08 Mar 2012, by in Equality

I got a nice International Women’s Day surprise when I woke this morning to the news that Nick Clegg had announced in a speech in the Hague last night that: “On the eve of International Women’s Day, I’d like to express the UK’s support for the principles in the Council of Europe’s Convention on Violence Against Women…

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