BLACK LIVES MATTER

Four years ago the Black Lives Matters Global Organisation began to organise itself into a chapter based movement fighting for the freedom, liberation and justice of Black people in America. 

The events of the past few weeks, with the senseless murder of George Floyd, and the ravaging impact of the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic where people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have been dying at four times the rate of their white counterparts within the UK, it is timely and sobering anchor point for Bristol Women’s Voice to fundamentally state that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

As a Black woman of Jamaican heritage born in Britain and raised in Britain, and as the Director of this organisation I will use my platform to say that structural, systemic racial inequality is not new.  It is now, with the power of video-smartphone technology, and the undeniable death rate of COVID19 that the decades of consistent, unrelenting compressions of racial inequality for BAME communities are coming to light in ways that we, all of us, can not turn away from.  When you plant seeds, the harvest of that seed will grow.  The seeds have been structural and systemic inequity, the harvest is disparity for people from BAME communities across every area of life:

Research outcomes from the Runnymede Trust and University of Manchester Centre of Ethnicity (CoDE), the Race Equality Foundation and IMKAAN (organisation  outline how structural racial inequality continues to exist in the UK

Feminist Studies Call for Commentaries

The COVID-19 pandemic
Due date July 15, 2020

Feminist ideas can help guide us as we move through this crisis. Our journal can be a potential home for your new work that contends with the current moment and outlines the paths ahead. Our anticipated special issue on Feminism and Capitalism (2021, vol 47:1) would be an especially good venue for scholarly or activist commentaries on feminist responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome 1500-3000-word pieces from locations around the globe that take up the implications of this pandemic for feminism analyses of capitalism. Our original call for papers on feminism and capitalism highlighted our interest in the crises of care and social reproduction, on non-material labor and work, risk and debt, bioeconomies, and on the Anthropocene and environmental destruction. Work along these angles would be an especially good fit.

Due date for commentaries: July 15, 2020. Please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for action from the UK Government:

Tackle the devastating impact of Coronavirus on women and girls in the UK

Find the Call for Action here.

Women's Engineering Society Message:

Dear all

This is reminder that nominations are open for this year’s WE50!  Please make a nomination to enable us to celebrate the amazing work of women engineers.  The Top 50 Women in Engineering (#WE50) awards this year seek to recognise women who have made an impact on sustainability. This is not just linked to the climate emergency (although this is hugely important), the awards are also related to nominees' impact on UNESCO's Sustainable Development GoalsThese 17 goals relate to health and wellbeing, education, gender equality, relieving poverty, responsible consumption and production, and more – click on the link for more information.

If you, or someone you know, is involved in sustainable strategies and solutions, then we're asking you to nominate them for the Top 50 Women in Sustainability (#WE50) as we celebrate the women who #ShapetheWorld.   Self nominations are very welcome.  The closing date is noon on Tuesday14 April.  More information about the WE50 awards can can be found here.

Regards
Cath

Cath Heslop

At the Wilson Museum.

'On Tuesday 10th of March we have the briefing of  Sisterhood, an exhibition from artist Danielle Salloum. Salloum is passionate about raising awareness about modern controversial issues. Using artistic interpretation and portraiture Salloum highlights the stories she feels strongly about. Sisterhood, held in partnership with The Wilson and Cheltenham Borough Homes, highlights the stories of women from Trinidad and Tobago and the Cheltenham borough. Locations Salloum has strong links to.

The  FREE exhibition will be open until 12 June 2020.

Dear Colleagues,

An exciting opportunity has become available in Bristol.  The Commission on Race Equality (CoRE) is seeking a new Chair.  This is a voluntary position. This will require somebody who is passionate about race equality, Human Rights and changing the current landscape for communities who are not able to contribute to Bristol’s growth and success. The post holder along with Commissioners will develop a solutions focused strategy that will support the City with its ambition to be inclusive.

The recruitment window will close on Thursday 26th March 2020 at midnight.  Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8th April,  City Hall.

Job Spec and advert available on request.

We will use expression of interest to compile a shortlist. The expression of interest will be no longer than x2 sides of A4 and should be sent to Cherene.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information on the role please contact David Weaver, Independent Consultant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07983 592988).

 
Are you a Carer?
Do you look after someone who needs your help?
Bristol City Council would like your views on the type of support you need to inform a new Carers 
Strategy
 
 Complete the survey at:
bristol.gov.uk/carers-survey
by 19 January 2020 (date for comments has been extended) For a paper copy or alternative formats 
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 07880 179 218
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* The accepted definition of a carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family 
member who due to illness, disability, a mental health issue or an addiction cannot cope without 
their support.
The Carers Trust
 

University of Liverpool (Foresight Centre)

Monday 11 November 2019

10am-5pm

The WBG 1st Annual Early-Career Network Conference ‘Gender Budgeting and Public Policy Design for Gender Equality’ will focus on gender budgeting as a feminist economics tool to bring about change.

https://wbg.org.uk/early-career-network/events/future-ecn-events/1st-annual-wbg-early-career-network-conference

http://www.bristolzerotolerance.com/ 

Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure enough funding to continue the project in the current format, therefore, from October 2019 the initiative will only run through limited activities delivered by Bristol Women’s Voice.

Bristol Women’s Voice look forward to continuing to work towards Bristol becoming a Zero Tolerance City and making sure that everyone can feel safe and empowered in their work and life.

Bristol Zero Tolerance is a gender-based violence prevention project run by Bristol Women’s Voice. It is an overarching initiative working towards Bristol becoming a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. 

Since October 2015 the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative has worked tirelessly to address gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation in Bristol from a prevention perspective.

GILLS CLUB

From: https://mailchi.mp/gct.org/september-2019?e=ab3aa185a1 

Of the 30,000 people who live on Galapagos, 40% are under the age of 15 years. Shockingly, over 90% of children living on the Islands have never been ‘out’ into the National Park – and have never seen much of the wildlife that tourists enjoy.

Can flexible working reduce your gender pay gap?

Published: 25 Sep 2019

https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/workflex-blog/can-flexible-working-reduce-your-gender-pay-gap/?utm_source=Employers&utm_campaign=dcdac0284c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_09_01_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bb14e98d9a-dcdac0284c-124837957

"Your gender pay gap tells you that your organisation probably has fewer women in better paid, more senior roles; more in less well paid, more junior roles; and probably more women than men in part-time roles.

 
"After nearly a decade of chronic underfunding, our public services are in crisis. An increasingly 
penurious welfare system is failing the most vulnerable in society3, and severe cuts to local 
council funding and funding for other public services have led to the steady deterioration of our 
social infrastructure.4 To reverse this, we need an end to austerity that means more than simply an 
end to budget cuts or a few headline-grabbing measures to increase funding in areas where there has 
been media attention. We need sustained investment in a range of public services and a better 
social security system so that people on the ground see a marked improvement in public services and 
a rise in living standards more generally.

https://www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/insecure-work

Jackie Longworth, Chair of Fair Play SW says:

"This report particularly affects women as they make up he majority of employees in insecure work."

The SWTUC says:

"The South West has the highest proportion (12.6%) of insecure workers out of all regions and nations in the UK. According to the TUC South West, an estimated 354,000 working people in the region are affected by precarious employment, defined as: 

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

 

Glosrac are currently recruiting for a monitoring and evaluation officer to cover maternity leave.  Further information about this role can be found below in the job description/person spec.

If you are interested in applying for this position please complete the below application and equalities monitoring forms and return toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am Wednesday 14th August 2019.

Monitoring and evaluation officer JD PS 2019 – Maternity Cover

application_form

Equalities monitoring form

Salary: £19,000 pro rata

Hours: 18 hours per week

Responsible to: Director

Office Base: Gloucester

Fixed Term Contract: Maternity Cover post commencing September 2019

Pension: 6% contribution by employer

Annual Leave: 27 days plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Information related to the post:

  • Post is restricted to women under Schedule 9, Part 1, Equalities Act 2010
  • Applicants will undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to appointment

Equal opportunities statement:

GRASAC is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from women from all sections of the community.

(Origonally published May 2019)

https://www.calibre-furniture.co.uk/blog/why-flexible-working-is-more-than-just-a-trend 

https://wbg.org.uk/analysis/reports/a-home-of-her-own-housing-and-women/
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Workplacesexualharassment

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