From Maryville University (ST Louis, MO, USA).


Membership of the European Union has been good for UK women

It has enabled and empowered UK women to participate in Europe-wide networks and formal structures of women to influence policies and legislation in a way which has not always been possible within the UK itself.

On 1st May 2019, WRC and a number of women’s organisations sent a letter to the Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins MP, regarding the UN’s recent review of the UK’s performance on improving the position of women in the UK and the progress made in achieving their rights.

The letter seeks to hear about UK Government’s plans to effectively implement the recommendations for the benefit of all women in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Article by Ruth Pearson, A feminist analysis of neoliberalism and austerity policies in the UK.

9 March: 10am-3.30pm
Dorford Centre, Dorchester  

We have an fabulous programme of activities on WAND's 14th Dorset Women's Day with a wide range of workshops, stalls, information stands and performances, as well as fabulous cakes and sandwiches.

Workshops include an Interview with Minette Walters, Cross Stitch, Flower Arranging, Gardening for Pollinators, Belly Dancing and so much more!

docxLongworth's paper "Has Austery driven a Feminist Democracy"39.59 KB is published by FPSW today, 22nd January 2019.



Are women more powerful now as a result of austerity?

Jackie Longworth, Chair Fair Play South West says:

"Avoiding leaving the EU on March 29th would definitely require legislation.

The Withdrawal Act is quite specific and would need amending or repealing, whether the aim is to revoke the Article 50 notification or merely seek to extend the date. Incidentally, the former we could do unilaterally but the latter would require the agreement of all 27 other Member States, which may be a tall order in the time available. It seems to me that such a Bill would need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament and receive Royal Assent before contact could be made with the EU on the subject, and before agreeing to any new referendum if that’s what they want to do? So Parliament would have had to make a decision of some sort before going back to the people for advice whether by referendum or Corbyn’s preferred option of a General Election.

In its report on sexual harassment in the workplace, the EHRC recommends, amongst other things,

"The UK Government should:

• Introduce a mandatory duty on employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and victimisation in the workplace.

• Breach of the mandatory duty should constitute an unlawful act for the purposes of the Equality Act 2006, which would be enforceable by the Commission."

Fair Play SW has not taken a formal view on Brexit or the mess the Government has got itself into. Those of us who talk about it regularly do agree that the passing of the Withdrawal Act without the protections against equalities and social regression we sought makes leaving the EU a particularly bad idea.


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