University of Liverpool (Foresight Centre)

Monday 11 November 2019


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. 

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.



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

"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.

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


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)

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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