The September Digest

The past two weeks have seen Britain’s long-running Brexit drama transform into a crisis. Jo Johnson quit as MP and minister, citing ‘national interest’. Commons speaker John Bercow has promised he would allow ‘additional procedural creativity’ if necessary to enable parliament to block the prime minister from ignoring the law. Parliament has been prorogued – a move ruled ‘unlawful’ and ‘clandestine’ by a senior Scottish judge. The question for us, though, is this: whichever way the current political turmoil unfurls, how will it impact women and girls in the UK? 

Operation Yellowhammer report confirms post-Brexit fears for women

The Women’s Budget Group and Fawcett Society have long warned of the economic impact of Brexit on women – and their worst fears have been confirmed in the government’s newly released Operation Yellowhammer report

‘Low income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel,’ reads the report, an issue that will hit women harder as they’re more likely to be economically worse-off, and more likely to manage household budgets. 

The report also warns that ‘an increase in inflation following EU exit would significantly impact adult social care providers due to increasing staff and supply costs, and may lead to provider failure.’ Women make up the majority of those needing care, and those providing it, while social care remains in crisis with 1.4 million people’s needs currently unmet, responds the Women’s Budget Group.

Prorogation mustn’t delay domestic abuse reform

After suffering setback after setback over the past few years (cc: Theresa May’s 2017 general election), in July the domestic abuse bill was finally introduced to parliament. Now the concern is that prorogation will once again put the brakes on the introduction of long-overdue laws to give survivors ‘critical protections and support’. In a letter to the prime minister, Women’s Aid, Refuge, Imkaan and the Centre for Women’s Justice, among others, sought assurances that the legislation wouldn’t be dropped.

Domestic violence murders have surged to a five-year high

Case in point when it comes to the critical need for new domestic abuse legislation: 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides last year, according to data obtained by the BBC – an increase of 32 deaths from 2017. Liverpool University criminologist Professor Sandra Walklate notes the weapon used commonly in street murders is equally prevalent in the home, describing women as ‘invisible victims of knife crime’.

The misplaced feminism of Hasbro’s Ms Monopoly

It’s all fun and games until Hasbro replaces the Monopoly man with ‘Ms Monopoly’, touts it as a ‘celebration of women entrepreneurs and inventors’, and forgets to mention that Monopoly was actually created by a woman. In 1904, feminist and progressive Elizabeth Magie received a patent for The Landlord’s Game, in which players roll a dice to advance along a path composed of 40 spaces around a board – just like modern Monopoly. Magie’s role in the game’s development has slowly been diminished and Hasbro instead credits Charles Darrow, who sold Monopoly to the Peak Brothers in 1935.

In this new utopian world of misguided board game feminism, women players also start with more money, and collect more money when they pass ‘go’. Gender pay gap sorted!

Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism 

Another day, another global corporation proving its inability to engage in a normal, coherent way with feminism and gender equality: this time leaked papers have revealed Apple made Siri deflect questions on ‘sensitive topics’ such as feminism and the #MeToo movement. Developers were advised to rewrite responses in one of three ways: ‘don’t engage’, ‘deflect’ and finally ‘inform’, writes the Guardian

There’s no room at the top for women scientists

Women make up half of students in the life sciences, but only one in four professors, according to data from 500 scientific institutions worldwide. 

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Jessica Wade of Imperial College London, who champions women in physics but wasn’t connected with this particular study, said: “There is no point in encouraging more girls into science if the system is set up to exclude them,”

“Improving gender balance in science will take institutional commitments to support women in their applications for promotion, act when there are reports of sexual harassment or bullying and make work allocation more transparent.”

do you know esraa ghareeb ? Search about it pl…

do you know esraa ghareeb ? Search about it plz

I was not aware of her murder before this message but I’ve read about her now and the case breaks my heart.


so recently ive been watching a lot of svu and not doing a lot of sleeping and turns out that that Is Not Great for one’s mental health



Honestly I’m still bitter that the face of “internalized misogyny” is a socially awkward, tomboyish, usually teenaged girl (who’s blatantly coded as not straight lbr), as opposed to shit like queen bee adult ~beauty gurus~ who get their kicks and clout by viciously attacking other women for their looks, and make money peddling dangerous “weight loss shakes” to 13 year olds

Spotlight on Warrington

Our Warrington Domestic Abuse Service comprises four Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), one outreach worker and one young person’s advocate. As part of this vital service we also run a local helpline. We are delighted that over the period of time our team of experts have seen great growth in the numbers of clients we support.

The team is based in an office close to the town centre but our IDVAs also co locate across two hospitals to ensure early intervention to support women experiencing abuse. The team also delivers training to frontline professionals such as doctors and nursing staff on a one-to-one and group basis.

Our outreach worker runs a domestic abuse support group called Wings, a group for women, where we talk about domestic abuse, its impact on victims, children and parenting, and what healthy relationships look like. We receive very positive feedback from clients who attend the group for example:

“I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for your support.  It has given me the strength to draw the line and battle on to freedom.”

“To the Wings support group, thank you for helping my daughter to understand what has happened to her.  We have seen her grow in confidence, return to her usual self, and be relentless for seeking help with my granddaughter In short, she has her wings and she is raring to fly.”

Our young person’s advocate works with young people aged from 12-17 and is often based within local schools. Following positive feedback from clients and the schools, our young person’s advocate has been asked to promote the service at a wellbeing fair. Parents will then be invited to attend and will be able to discuss support for them and their children.

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Renewed funding for Richmond refuge

With financial support from government agencies becoming increasingly precarious, community support is vital to the continuation of Refuge’s services. Refuge provides 15 units of emergency accommodation in Richmond and is a fantastic example of people coming together to support women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse.

We are incredibly grateful to Richmond Mayor Ben Khosa, who has continued his predecessor Cllr. Sue Sampson’s support of Refuge in the mayoral office by selecting Refuge as his 2019 charity. As of May 2019 Mayor Khosa has raised over £20,000 in support of Refuge through events such as the multi-faith Peace and Unity event, cycling and marathon events and skydiving for which we are hugely grateful.

Mayor Khosa said “It is one of the privileges of the Mayor to be able to meet and thank the many charities and wonderful volunteers in our delightful borough who give their time so freely to enrich the lives of others without any expectations of reward or recognition.”

In addition to the two refuges in Richmond, we also provide advocacy-based services through independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) and outreach workers, who provide women and children with the support they need to build a new life free from fear and abuse. The community support Refuge receives in Richmond can also be seen with our partner agencies, many with whom we co-locate, for example: the Council Housing Department, drug and alcohol services, Children’s Centres, the Police Station, Civic Centre and Local Advice Centre.

Detective inspector Matt East said: “[Refuge’s] support and guidance to our staff on a daily basis, has aided them (along with myself) to a massive extent. Your support and guidance to the survivors of domestic abuse also cannot be fully measured, but needless to say it has been exemplary and 1st class…Your team are always very professional, focused and motivated to do the best thing for the victim and survivors.”

With ongoing support in communities we are better equipped to help survivors and address violence against women and girls. Thanks to the community support we have in Richmond the service receives a high rate of self-referrals; for example in our outreach services this is 26% compared to 15% across Refuge’s outreach services nationally.

“I will always tell people what this service has done for me – it was the biggest help I received since being in this country.” Survivor of abuse who accessed support in Richmond.

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New Refuge Service in Hillingdon

We are delighted to announce that we opened a new refuge service in Hillingdon at the beginning of March. This service can accommodate up to seven women and 14 children at any one time. The service is staffed by a deputy manager, two refuge workers and a child support worker.

During the first few months, the staff have been busy supporting residents, making links with external agencies and agreeing referral pathways so that our clients can easily access any additional support they might need.

The child support worker is running activities for children such as cooking and homework club as well as days out during the school holidays. Our clients have been enjoying regular house meetings, coffee mornings and various activities including a summer get together for Eid and a Tech Abuse Empowerment Workshop.

As well as providing support for women and children, we are making various improvements to the refuge building to make it as comfortable as possible. The lounge and some of the bedrooms have been redecorated and refurnished. The utility room has had a makeover making it easier to use as well as creating more space. The garden has been cleared and children’s equipment repaired so that all families can spend more time playing outside.

We have been approached by the local Middlesex Federation of the Women’s Institute who have fundraised for the refuge.  We plan to spend the money they have kindly raised on a new dining table.  We’d like to say a special thank you for their support.

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Morning after pill is like ~40 at most pharmacies I think? Reblog to save a life lol

Remember also if you’re over a certain weight it wont work at all!

Plan B loses effectiveness at about 165lb and does not appear to work at all for women over 175lb (74kg and 79kg respectively). More information can be found in this article here (x)

So, if you are over 165lb and under 175lb there still is a chance that Plan B will work for you, and it may be worth a try. If the pill will not work for you, you can call Planned Parenthood to find out what your options are, their contact information can be found here (x)

If you find that the pill did not work or it is too late for you to use it, look into places around you that offer ‘plan c’ (mifepristone, or the ‘abortion pill’). When doing this, please be incredibly wary of fake abortion clinics. These are typically called Family Planning Centers, Women’s Health Centers, Pregnancy Crisis Centers or something similar. This video goes over them in a lot better then I could ever hope to (here). 

You can get Plan C online here (x) or often at you local Planned Parenthood. The Mayo Clinic has a page on the general risks of abortions here if anyone would like to read it (x) and the National Abortion Federation has a page with commonly asked questions and dispelling the myths here (x). 

In the end, you deserve to have your choices respected. You deserve to get the help you need. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Do not let anyone disrespect your choice. I hope the information I have provided is helpful to anyone who may need it. 

If the links above don’t work, I am going to have them under the read more below, you have a right to information about all the options that you have in regards to your body and your health. Please reblog this so that it can reach anyone who may need this, thank you!

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in, like, four days i’m planning to ask someone i sort of know if his place is hiring because i NEED a job and i’m good friends with most of the staff but but but i am already So Nervous Panic Fear Scream

The Transformative Power of Environments on Survivors’ Recovery

A refuge is so much more than just a roof over a woman’s head

At the beginning of the year Refuge won a bid to develop its first psychologically informed refuge service in Westminster, London. The service comprises five refuges which support 35 single women or families at any one time. As we develop this service we have been giving much thought to creating an environment in the refuges which provides a culture of well-being and a sense of physical and emotional safety for clients and staff.

Our specialist staff have consulted women about the refuge environment – with a view to transforming these temporary homes to be as welcoming, safe and supportive as possible. Initial feedback from survivors explained that the way information was displayed in the houses made them feel more institutional than homely, so we have worked to find other ways to communicate key information and fill the house walls with art and pictures, homely comfortable furniture – especially good quality beds. Colour schemes have also been chosen carefully in an effort to create a welcoming, tranquil environment.

Working in partnership with our corporate fundraising team we have secured additional support for the service thanks to John Lewis & Partners generosity. The community team at John Lewis & Partners, Oxford Street, have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support this service which culminated in a £10,000 grant to spend on furnishings. Residents are delighted with this fabulous award.

Thanks to McGlashan’s Interiors, a London-based, family business, owned and lead by Andrea McGlashan, many other furnishings have been donated. Andrea’s hands on support has transformed the refuges to become beautiful welcoming homes which has been much appreciated by all the residents.

This project is work in process and will evolve over time as we continue to consult with women to ensure we create the most welcoming and supportive environment as we possibly can.

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