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WHEC sends out a newsletter once or twice a month and key elements are posted here.

WORK IN HOUSING OR HOMELESSNESS?
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

WHEC is researching how homelessness impacts on women and their health, especially on their mental health. We are researching this subject in our capacity as a member of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme: Working together for better health and care. The Programme brings the power of the voluntary sector together with the health system (Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England).

We are particularly interested in:

•         Understanding health outcomes for women experiencing homelessness, particularly those with complex needs

•          The interrelationship between circumstances and policies (welfare/health/tackling violence and abuse) and the need for safe and appropriate accommodation and housing with integrated support and care where necessary;

•          Providing information and understanding about ways to tackle health inequalities for women with complex needs/ protected characteristics which benefit women overall while also providing savings in the housing/homelessness and health sector;

•          Providing a greater understanding for commissioners regarding the range of services available from the specialist women’s sector in relation to health, housing and homelessness, particularly for women with complex needs.

To that end, WHEC would be grateful if you could complete this questionnaire by 24 February 2017 (it should only take 10 minutes). We would also be grateful if you could also support us by dispersing this request through your networks, organisations, social media etc.

Life-saving Violence Against Women Bill needs your support
On Friday 24 February a bill to ratify the Istanbul Convention will go to a final vote in parliament. This bill has the power to save the lives of women and girls across the UK, by putting in place the most comprehensive legal framework that exists to tackle violence against women and girls.  With 8 days to go, women’s organisations are calling on people to ring, tweet or write to their MPs and ask them to support the bill. Take Action here!

   

FGM clinic hailed as ‘life-changing’ to close after losing funding

WHEC joined our partner organisation, FORWARD, on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (6th February) to call on Ealing Council not to close Acton FGM Community Clinic.
This “life changing” clinic which helps women and girls subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) could be forced to close in March after losing its council funding.

The Acton FGM Community Clinic in West London – where FGM figures are the highest in the country – is the only facility in the country to offer reversal of the practice.

Ealing Council and Imperial NHS Trust have funded the service for the past decade, but the council is withdrawing money for rent of the space and other costs – and health commissioners have refused to plug the gap. Read more here

 

SPECIAL EVENT: THE LANDSCAPE OF THE VAWG SECTOR IN LONDON: HOUSING CRISIS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, MENTAL HEALTH AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

24th January

TIME 9:00AM TO 4.30PM

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK, THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTRE,
25 NEW INN YARD,
LONDON EC2A 3EA

The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) is a partnership of women’s charity organisations, all of who share common goals of health and equality for girls and women.

By pooling our expertise, information and resources as WHEC, we can speak with one voice and more strongly influence decision-makers and government, making sure policy reflects the real needs of girls and women. We are an agency that works to improve the sustainability of the women and girls health and social care sector and strengthen their capacity to engage with the health and social care systems.

Through this, we are committed to reducing women and girls health inequalities by building the capacity of their own women’s organisations and thereby strengthening the voice of women at a national and local level.

The ASCENT programme has been funded by London Councils to host a series of special events each year to address overarching issues in the VAWG sector in London. The events are part of the Strengthening Local & Pan-London VAWG services through sharing, learning and collaboration.

This event is being delivered in partnership with pan-London VAWG Consortium, Women and Health Equalities Consortium (WHEC) and Ascent project partners.

Who is this event for?

♀ Services that address the needs of those at risk of or suffering from VAWG

♀ Voluntary and community sector organisations

♀ Statutory sector services

♀ Commissioners of VAWG services

♀ Partner organisations from related areas of delivery especially those that address women’s health needs, homelessness and housing, no recourse to public funds, refugee and asylum seekers, young people, substance misuse etc

♀ Survivors

Objective

To provide a platform to talk, learn, discuss and share issues of importance to the VAWG sector in London.

The event aims to:

♀ Increase participants understanding of the interconnections between housing, mental health and VAWG and its impact on the design and delivery of services

♀ To support and enhance cross sector working between VAWG, housing and health

♀ To share knowledge and expertise across sectors.

♀ To share policy and/or legislative developments

The format of the day will include specific focus on

♀ Housing and VAWG

♀ Mental Health and VAWG

♀ Cross Sector Campaigning and Influencing

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£80 million to stop VAWG – The government has announced a new funding of £80 million to protect women and girls from violence. A new VAWG Service Transformation Fund comes into effect in 2017. This will promote projects which are leading the way in stopping violence before it happens, preventing abusive behavior from becoming entrenched, and establishing the best ways to help victims and their families.

To read more on the government’s new strategy, please visit the Department of Health website.

Strategy to End Violence Against Women and Girls: 2016 to 2020 – This document provides an overview of the wide range of actions the government will be taking towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls between 2016 and 2020. It was launched on 8 March 2016. To read the report (pdf), please visit Department of Health website.

 

Remains a very relevant resource:

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer – In her 2014 annual report, “Health of the 51%: Women”, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Dame Sally Davies makes recommendations on a wide range of health issues, most notably obesity, ovarian cancer and ‘taboo problems’ such as incontinence and the menopause. The report examines women’s health in England and makes a range of recommendations to improve it. It identifies several missed opportunities for intervention in women’s health, and brings attention to ‘embarrassment’ as a needless barrier to health.

Professor Dame Sally Davies’s report is independent of government and is aimed at government, regulators, policy makers and healthcare professionals. Each recommendation is targeted at specific organisations.

To read the report, please click here.

 

 

EVAW Coalition Briefing paper: Survivor’s Rights
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The End Violence Against Women Coalition is a group of experts, researchers, front-line
service providers, women’s and human rights organisations working together to
promote a strategic response to all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). This paper makes recommendations towards rights to specialist support services for victim survivors of VAWG established by the new legal duties  in EU Victims directive as well as the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. The recommendations are directed towards policy-makers, commissioners as well as relevant decision-makers who will play a key role in realising these legal changes in the rights of victim survivors.

Click here to read the briefing paper.