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Equation Website: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Equation’s goal as a charity is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. Working primarily in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Equation delivers education to the whole community to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence, promote gender equality and raise aspirations for healthy relationships. We provide practical tools and guidance to support the well-being and safety needs of survivors.

Our work currently includes:

  • Work with professionals to improve the frontline response to domestic abuse and violence. 
  • Work with children, young-people and educational professionals to educate around healthy relationships and enable young people to access support for domestic abuse.  
  • Operating the local frontline service for men experiencing domestic abuse 
  • Campaigning in the community to raise awareness of domestic abuse, related issues and signposting support.  
  • The production and distribution of resources that signpost local survivors of all forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence to local support services.

The charity has received funding for a web development project to improve it’s current online offering and are currently inviting Nottingham-based web agencies to provide expressions of interest.

Improvements to the website will deliver improved experiences for it’s users including:

  • Improved access to support and information for survivors of domestic abuse.
  • Improved quality of content and online experience delivered to professionals interested in Equation’s professional services.
  • Improved user experience for individuals and community groups interested in learning more about domestic abuse and supporting equations work.

 

More details about this project can be found here, including full application details.

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International Women’s Day High Tea and Fizz

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’ – Michelle Obama

Enjoy a decadent Middle Eastern inspired afternoon tea at Nottingham’s fantastic jazz venue Peggy’s Skylight, and celebrate how to achieve a more gender-balanced world #BalanceforBetter

In support of Equation, Nottingham’s leading charity preventing and reducing the impact of domestic abuse across Nottingham city and county.

Please note this is a women-only event: all women are welcome.

The venue is accessible to anyone using a wheelchair.

How much? Tickets are £25 per person (+ Eventbrite fee if booked online)

Any questions?

Email our fundraising team and we can tell you more: fundraising@equation.org.uk

How to Book 

Book online via Eventbrite or download a booking form (editable PDF) and return to us by post or email.

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We’re Hiring: Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator

Hours: 30-37 hours per week

Fixed term contract: 12 months. Maybe extended subject to funding.

Salary: Equation Scale Point 26, £22,937 Pro-Rata.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Equation, a Nottinghamshire-based, award-winning and innovative charity dedicated to preventing and responding to domestic abuse.

Equation needs an enthusiastic project coordinator to work as part of our Children and Young People team. This is a fantastic role for someone who is passionate about domestic abuse prevention. You will be leading and developing Equation’s healthy relationships and domestic abuse awareness project in secondary schools. You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with schools and facilitators, ensuring high quality service delivery and for continuing the development of the innovative package secondary schools receive.

The successful candidate will be joining the charity during an exciting period of growth and will be able to play a role in shaping the future direction of healthy relationships education.

 

Applications deadline: 1st March 9am

Interviews: 11th and 12th March

To apply for this role, please download all the application documents below. When completed please send you application by email to admin@equation.org.uk

 

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Role Description

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Person Spec

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Application Form

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Equation’s Vision, Mission and Values

 

Got a question?
Any enquiries about this role or our recruitment processes can be sent to admin@equation.org.uk or give us a on 0115 9623237

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A year of challenging violence against women and girls: 2017-18

From the 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls) and the 10th December (Human Rights Day), groups around the world commit to 16 days of action to end gender-based violence. But work to keep women safe from men’s violence continues all year round. This year, during #16Days, the organisations in Nottingham who provide specialist domestic and sexual violence services look back together on some recent hard-won successes. Here’s what we’ve achieved over the past year that help keep women safer in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
 

Nottinghamshire’s Misogyny Hate Crime policy to be debated for national rollout

This year, Nottingham Women’s Centre’s Misogyny Hate Crime campaign celebrated its biggest milestone in its movement towards national rollout. Following on from the flagship work in Nottinghamshire by Nottingham Women’s Centre and Nottinghamshire Police, Labour MP Stella Creasy called for the introduction of misogyny as a motivating factor in relation to the ‘Upskirting’ Bill. Whilst ministers decided that this wasn’t the right vehicle for seeking such a change, they announced that they would fund a Law Commission review into how sex and gender characteristics should be considered under hate crime law, and whether new offences (notably, Misogyny Hate Crime) are needed. This is a hugely exciting national statement against misogyny, and Nottingham Women’s Centre are extremely proud to have been part of setting the bar high in Nottingham.

Find out more: http://www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com/misogyny/misogyny-hate-crime-policy/

 

There was a large increase in the number of survivors of domestic abuse accessing support

Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) directly supported 6,189 women in 2017-2018. That’s a 22% increase on the number of women WAIS supported the year before. Although on the surface increasing call rates may seem to signify a rise in domestic abuse incidents, this is far from the truth. Under-reporting of domestic and sexual violence is one of the most prominent problems due to the wide-ranging number of barriers survivors face in disclosing. The local increase in calls speaks as a reassuring tribute to the local sector’s progress in reaching, signposting and empowering more and more survivors to speak out.

Find out more: https://wais.org.uk/

 

#TimesUpNotts was launched to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace

2018 has marked the year of ‘Time’s Up’: a global, women-led movement that is working to end sexual harassment in the workplace. It is a movement born from the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. Amidst this powerful feminist outcry for change, Nottingham Women’s Centre founded the #TimesUpNotts Network to support women to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace in Nottinghamshire. This network consists of key volunteers from a range of backgrounds who have united to develop solutions to this issue.

#TimesUpNotts has organised its launch event for Saturday 24th November. The objective of the event was to facilitate a conversation with women around the challenges and solutions of tackling sexual harassment at work. Going forward, the network will use women’s voices to inform the development of its trainings and resources for workplaces.

Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/timesupnotts

 

New services were funded for survivors of rape and sexual violence

Notts SVS Services are delighted to have been awarded further funding to secure and enhance their Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service and Survivors’ Support Service. The two services are of key importance to survivors, helping them to access the Criminal Justice System and the Notts SVSS’s Survivors’ Support Service. This service supports those who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse, including those who are sharing their experiences with the IICSA Truth Project.

The new funding means that there will be:

  • An increased number of ISVAs working with adult survivors in Nottingham/shire.
  • A dedicated Survivors Support Worker to support adults affected by Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
  • A new exciting opportunity for Volunteer Support Workers to join the ISVA team.

Find out more: https://nottssvss.org.uk/funding-secured-for-two-services/

 

Nottingham men took a stand against men’s violence against women

Having taken a pledge to never use, excuse or remain silent about violence against women, this action was in aid of the male-led White Ribbon Campaign against all forms of men’s violence against women. Coordinated by Equation, local men now gather year on year during 16 days to promote women’s safety to other men through handing out white ribbons, statistics and information on how to help female friends at City Centre tram and bus stops.

Councillor Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “It is the responsibility of every man and woman to take a stand to end violence against women. No woman should ever be made to feel afraid, intimidated or threatened. I would like to encourage anyone suffering from this type of behaviour to come forward. Nottingham City Council will treat any report extremely seriously and ensure support services are available to help those in need.”

Find out more: equation.org.uk/menagainstviolence/

 

The ‘No More Rape Myths’ Campaign was launched

We know that the way the media covers sexual violence and their use of ‘rape myths’ can have a direct impact on the general public’s perception and understanding of rape and sexual violence. In March 2018, Notts SVS Services launched a new social media campaign @NoMoreRapeMyths to directly challenge poor reporting and press for wider change, whilst also recognising good media coverage on this issue.

Early statistics from the reports we covered showed that:

  • 41% of the articles minimised rape as ‘sex’; with 89% of these being about attacks on children.
  • only two articles from the first 22 included support information.

The campaign is already making an impact; we have advised IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) on the development of their leaflet for survivors and are conversing with them regularly about concerning articles.

Find out more: https://nottssvss.org.uk/no-more-rape-myths/

 

Survivors influenced key domestic abuse policy changes

A group of WAIS survivors met with the Victim’s Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, in April 2018, which led her to make 14 recommendations to transform the government’s response to domestic abuse. Her recommendations include that high risk domestic abuse offenders be placed on a ‘Domestic Abuse Register’ and that where a perpetrator has been convicted of a domestic abuse offence, the presumption of shared parenting to be reversed.

Find out more: https://wais.org.uk/

 

Prevention work with children and young people being expanded in Nottinghamshire County

Local charity Equation has recently received funding from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund to deliver 12 domestic abuse prevention projects across 6 secondary schools in Nottinghamshire over the next 5 years. At any time, 1 in 10 children are living with abuse with 16-18 year olds being most at risk, making work with this age group particularly crucial. The projects are designed to raise awareness of domestic abuse, curb the development of abusive behaviours, build young people’s aspirations for their own relationships, as well as develop their resilience, confidence and self-esteem in order to best equip them for the choices they face in their formative years.

Find out more: equation.org.uk/young-people/

 

Tender was successful to provide support at the Children and Young People’s SARC

In April 2018, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provision changed across Nottinghamshire, with one SARC providing support for children and young people and the Topaz Centre assisting adults.

Notts SVS Services worked collaboratively with other organisations to tender for the provision of the East Midlands Children and Young People’s Sexual Assault Services (EMCYPSAS). The tender was successful and now trained and experienced staff provide Crisis Worker support in this new provision, helping young people feel reassured after an assault and during forensic medical examinations.

Notts SVSS also provide Therapeutic Support Worker provision to young people aged 13 and above who’ve attended the EMCYPSAS. This service offers non-judgemental and affirming support, with referral pathways into other services, ensuring young survivors are supported following an assault.

Find out more: https://nottssvss.org.uk/sarc-provision-nottingham-changed/

 

The Misogyny Hate Crime impact evaluation report launched showing overwhelming public support for policy

In collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, July marked the launch of Nottingham Women’s Centre’s Misogyny Hate Crime impact evaluation report, making national headlines. Over 87% of people surveyed thought that classing misogyny as a hate crime in Nottinghamshire was a good idea. The report also highlighted the extent of misogynistic hate incidents in the everyday lives of Nottinghamshire women but suggests that the policy has effectively worked to empower women to report.

Of the 679 participants in the evaluation, 93.7% had experienced or witnessed street harassment in Nottinghamshire, including unwanted sexual advances (48.9%), groping (46.2%), sexually explicit language (54.3%) and indecent exposure (25.9%). Yet due to the on-going work of this project and its collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police, of those who reported, 75% had a positive experience and 100% would report again.

Find out more: http://www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com/press-release-9-07-2018-overwhelming-public-support-for-misogyny-hate-crime-policy/

 

Ground-breaking work with women who have complex needs was celebrated nationally

WAIS’s ground-breaking work with women who have complex needs relating to drug, alcohol and mental health needs was nationally celebrated at both the Women’s’ Aid national conference and Welsh Women’s Aid conference. WAIS’s Response to Complexity work also fed into the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs.

Find out more: https://wais.org.uk/

 

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Top Lad or Toxic Stereotype? The Hits and Misses of Hollywood’s Male Role Models

In the run-up to International Men’s Day, where men are encouraged to come forth and discuss their gender, relationship dynamics, and talk about what it means to be a man in 2018, looking backward — and forward — at what masculinity means in Hollywood is a useful exercise. The past is littered with examples of how not to behave: Steve McQueen slapping his (real) wife Ali Macgraw in The Getaway, or Han Solo’s casual sexual harassment of Princess Leia in Star Wars 

The traditional movie hero – particularly the one that many of our grandfathers or fathers will have admired – has a very particular brand of masculinity, even machismo. From James Bond to this year’s Deadpool 2, where women characters are casually killed off to advance the story, women are too often collateral damage for these men to advance their own stories. ‘Toxic’ male protagonists are often aggressive, violent, and/or sexually predatory. They may be dressed up in a nice suit or carrying a cool gadget, but a la Connery in Goldfinger, it dismisses women as lesser beings and slaps them on the ass as they leave the room.  

It’s true that many of the buzzwords and phrases that fly around the internet and colour cultural commentary can be off-putting to casual readers. ‘Toxic masculinity’ is probably one of those phrases: picking up on its exact meaning is unique to each person. But to define it in a cinematic sense, you might say that it’s: decorative female leads treated with casual disdain; ‘romantic stalking’; the idea that ‘might is right’ and dominance or aggression must win the day; that men can womanise, act terribly, and be thought of as ‘antiheroes’, while female characters would be detested for the same behaviour.  

Beyond onscreen representation, toxic masculinity is also rampant in the structure and edifice of Hollywood itself; women are still regularly treated as sex object and  paid less than men. Coming forward with their stories of sexual assault and exploitation by powerful, megalomaniacal men like Harvey Weinstein has proven difficult until the recent wellspring of #MeToo and #TimesUp over the past twelve months. But along with those movements, there have been some onscreen shifts. Aside from the vital calls for gender parity in female directors and in encouraging telling women’s stories, the portrayal of men and what a male hero should be is also changing.   

The truth is, there are some increasingly complex portrayals of heroic men in Hollywood these days. Take the entire career of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, in which he has rarely – if ever – been a perpetrator of sexist or stupidly macho behaviour, unless he’s playing an out-and-out villain. The reason I use him as an example is because, on the face of it, that might seem unlikely. Johnson is an A-list ex-pro wrestler whose enormous size and toughness are used in much the same way that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s once were, and his starring roles as a brawny action hero of films like The Fast and the Furious franchise would seem to lend themselves to the label of ‘toxic masculinity’. Yet Johnson is self-deprecating, kind and unthreatening — while never sacrificing his traditional ‘manliness’ onscreen.  

In some recent comedies, things have also been looking up. Take Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in silly family comedy Daddy’s Home, where two men childishly compete with each other for the affections of their kids and wife (ex, in the case of Wahlberg) only to take on cheerful co-parenting duties where the family gets to keep both fathers in their lives.  

When the Marvel Universe comes into the discussion, it’s worth saying that it’s a surprisingly fair-minded franchise. But MCU male superheroes still far outnumber female ones, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is allowed to be far more obnoxious than any woman Avenger would dare to be, for fear of losing the audience. Maybe with the upcoming release of next year’s Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, this gender imbalance will begin to shift.  

But there have been paradigm-shifting superheroes too, like the hangdog everyman Paul Rudd in his role as the comical Ant-Man. In this year’s sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, he continues in the vein of the harmless and funny hero who uses his power to shrink himself and outwit the enemy. He hasn’t got super-strength or magical abilities, but he’s a man whos willing to – literally – reduce himself to get what he wants. No wonder he seems humble!

When it comes to toxic masculinity on our screens this year, smash-hit Black Panther offered a complete antidote. Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa comes from Wakanda, a highly-advanced matriarchal society where its warriors are women. Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, and Letitia Wright play T’Challa’s love interest, mother, and sister respectively, and yet each of them are fully fleshed-out personalities who never exist solely to prop up their leading man. They are warriors, tech geniuses, and wise queens, with a fierce sense of honour.  T’Challa is shown to be deeply respectful of women, leaning on them for partnership, advice, and friendship with an attitude of total equality. Revolutionary on both race and gender fronts, Black Panther is an excellent example of the way forward in terms of mainstream success and progressive ideas of manhood.   

Nonetheless, retrograde ideas about violence and male strength are still omnipresent in most of the aforementioned films, and it will take a while before gendered differences are not coded in this way. At least, for now, male leads who are abusive to women seem less and less acceptable, or even existent. With holidays like International Men’s Day and increasing calls for gender equality in the film industry, hopefully a spotlight will be shone on why toxic masculinity in cinema needs to become a thing of the past.  

 

 

 

 

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Equation Receives £9k of Funding to Reach More Male Survivors

Equation have been awarded £9852 of National Lottery funding for a campaign that will encourage local men experiencing domestic abuse to seek support. The charity, which runs the local domestic abuse helpline for men, hopes that the campaign will help break down barriers faced by male survivors which may prevent them accessing support services.

Domestic abuse of men has gained more publicity following global movements relating to the wider issues of domestic and sexual violence, in addition to high-profile media coverage of prosecutions in cases of domestic violence towards men. Despite the increase in publicity, there are still many male survivors who don’t know how or where to seek support.

The helpline’s manager says that “Attitudes about masculinity can lead men to believe that speaking out about domestic abuse will make them appear weak. We want our campaign to challenge those attitudes and better represent men’s experiences to ensure male survivors feel less isolated and more supported in seeking support.”

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and everyone’s experiences are different. According to local statistics, men are more likely to experience domestic abuse from other men and the types of abuse they experience are more often psychological and emotional. However, this does not mean men’s experiences are any less valid. These forms of abuse can cause significant harm and have long-lasting effects on mental health and well-being. Survivors can experience depression, anxiety, substance misuse problems and may complete self-harm or suicide.

As well as running the local service for male survivors, Equation also work to prevent domestic abuse and reduce the harm it causes through educating the whole community. The charity, whose goal is for everyone to have equal relationships free from abuse, has a strong background in campaigning about domestic abuse and gender equality with their award winning campaigns Help A Friend and Reel Equality Film Club. It will be exciting to see how this new campaign can replicate their previous successes.

Men experiencing domestic abuse can access equation’s domestic abuse service for men on 0115 960 5556

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Nottingham’s First RSE day | 28th June 2018

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Earlier this year the Department for Education set out their plans to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in all schools from 2019. Primary schools will need to ensure they offer relationships education to their pupils and secondary schools will be required to deliver both relationships and sex education.  In announcing these plans, the government has acknowledged the benefits of RSE both to children and wider society, particularly with reference to the prevention of domestic abuse. The plans have been received as a welcome development by many, including schools where this education is already being delivered and the positive impact can be seen. Many schools already offer RSE with many doing it well. The new reforms intend to ensure that all children and young people have the same access to a universal provision.

Equation was delighted when Nottingham City announced its first annual RSE day which will take place later this month on the 28th June 2018. This is the first day of its kind and we are looking forward to supporting schools in Nottingham by delivering workshops, providing posters and resources and delivering teacher training. Equation have been delivering domestic abuse awareness and healthy relationship education to young people in schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire via our Equate Package for many years and are big believers in the following five outcomes our projects and other good quality RSE can provide.  

 

1) Increased Understanding of Relationships

RSE is vital in ensuring all young people have the opportunity to explore and learn about healthy relationships. RSE projects allow them to fully understand what relationships are, who they have them with and what the qualities of a healthy relationship look like. If young people have access to well-designed RSE they can begin to explore what relationships mean to them, what they consider to be important in a relationship, and what they themselves can offer in their own existing and future relationships.

2) Heightened Aspirations

Young people accessing relationships education will increase their aspirations for a healthy relationship, and this reduces their vulnerabilities to experiencing an unhealthy relationship. Young people will be able to recognise the warning signs of unhealthy relationships more readily. This is something that can otherwise be difficult for young people, as well as adults who did not receive relationships education. Recognising the signs of an unhealthy relationship is likely to increase their confidence that they deserve better, and encourage them to seek support.

3) Improved Confidence and Self-esteem

Young people are much more likely to have healthy, positive relationships when they have high levels of confidence and self-esteem. Relationships and sex education should not overlook the importance of ensuring young people understand positive coping strategies, know what they can do to make themselves feel good and how to support others to increase their own confidence. If a young person has low self-esteem they might feel that they need to have an intimate relationship to make themselves happy; this can lead to unrealistic expectations of the relationship and the young person may not be as happy as they expected. Encouraging young people to be comfortable with who they are before they begin a relationship can have a positive impact on the relationships of young people. It is important that young people know how to love themselves, know their self-worth and know that they and others deserve to be happy.

4) Better Understanding of Consent

Alongside healthy relationships education, young people also need to be able to access information about sex and consent. This is why Equation delivers sessions to young people on personal space. These sessions allow the young people to explore their rights and responsibilities over their own and other people’s bodies, the complexities of sex and consent and to develop a clear understanding of the legalities of consent. Young people often feed back to Equation after these sessions that they didn’t know about consent before; they want information to make free and informed decisions within relationships.

5) Prevention of Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. By understanding more about relationships, young people become better equipped to identify when things are not right and feel more confident and supported in speaking out. RSE education increases the chances a child will know where to go for help and support should they ever need it. Even in instances where domestic abuse is not able to be fully prevented via RSE (for example, if it is already occurring within the child’s home), the harm it can cause can be significantly reduced.

 

Want to know more about how to get involved in Nottingham’s first RSE day as either a school, parent or organisation? Visit the Equation website for full details.

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#PressforProgress: Iconic Women Who Shaped the World

From Nottingham to New Zealand, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every year on 8th March.

This joint push for gender equality is an important reminder that a society that equally respects women, men and all genders is crucial to ending domestic abuse. As we all unite to #PressforProgress (this year’s theme), we’re taking a moment to recognise just some of the women who’ve done the same over the years.

You can also find out how to celebrate International Women’s Day in style with us.

Mary Wollstonecraft (27th April 1759 – 10th September 1797)

An English writer and passionate advocate for women’s educational and societal rights, Mary Wollstonecraft defied social norms from a young age. She left the home of her abusive father to dedicate herself to writing, encouraged and supported her sister to leave her husband and, made plans to live in a mutually supportive environment with her friends (a ‘female-utopia’).

Her seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, argues that women are not naturally inferior to men and that women should have access to education. She is often cited as a huge influence in the feminist movement and as one of the founding feminist philosophers.

Mary Jackson (9th April 1921 – 11th February 2005), Katherine Johnson (26th August 1918 – present day), Dorothy Vaughn (20th September 1910 – 10th November 2008)

These incredible women have recently been immortalised in the record-breaking, Hollywood Blockbuster, Hidden Figures – finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

Fighting sexism and racism, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, all African-American mathematicians, changed the world in more ways than one when the work they did as ‘human computers’ helped NASA to win the space-race.

Katherine Johnson finished university by the time she was just 18 years old. Her important work made it possible for Alan Sheppard and John Glenn to go to space.

Dorothy Vaughn finished university by the time she was 19 years old. After working as a human computer, she went on to work with the first electronic computers at NASA.

Mary Jackson completed two degrees, in Science and in Mathematics, and went on to work directly with flight test engineers.

Marsha P. Johnson (24th August 1945 – 6th July 1992)

The work – the unpaid labour – that African-American Marsha P. Johnson did in her lifetime to support people with AIDS, as well as young trans, gender non-conforming, and gay street children is beyond inspirational. She opened shelters with friends to provide safety and community, financing them through sex work.

She was constantly involved in activism for equality and specifically gay rights, including a pivotal role at the Stonewall uprising. This led to the first Pride march in New York city and is generally recognised as the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States.

Her importance in fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights has often been obscured in mainstream movements throughout the years, though her influence remains strong.

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25 October 1900 – 13 April 1978)

Heralded as ‘The Mother of Africa’, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti left a legacy to women in Nigeria to fight for their rights.

An activist, educator, and passionate political campaigner, she was one of the most prominent leaders of her generation and a forerunner of second wave feminism. She also co-founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union – a Nigerian organisation with more than 20,000 grassroots members all fighting for economic equality through price regulation and the abolition of separate taxes for women.

You!

If you’re a woman, take time to reflect and recognise your own personal achievements today – however you define them, on your own terms. If you’re a man, why not take some time today to help the women in your life #PressforProgress towards gender equality and end men’s violence against women? Whatever your gender, even seemingly small acts can change the world for those around us.

Thanks for taking the time to read this – and happy International Women’s Day for the 8th March!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Dedicate some time to you and your friends, with bubbles, a cream tea and live entertainment at our High Tea & Fizz event on 8th March 2018.

You’ll be helping to #PressforProgress by supporting us and our partner, Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Together we can end domestic abuse and achieve gender equality.

Find out more and book now.

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#Vote100: Five Women We Should Celebrate

On February 6th 2018 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parliament passing the law allowing women to vote for the first time.  The organised campaign for women’s suffrage began in 1866 with a petition to Parliament. Then on 6th February 1918, about 8.4 million women gained the vote in the UK through the passing of the Representation of the People Act. This momentous occasion meant that women (albeit only those who met the minimum property requirements and were over the age of 30) were granted the right to vote.

At Equation, we know that achieving gender equality – a society in which men, women and all genders are equally respected and treated – is crucial to ending domestic abuse. So in celebration of the centenary, here are some pioneering female campaigners, lawmakers and politicians who we think have been fundamental to furthering women’s rights in Britain in the last 100 years:

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (11th June 1847- 5th August 1959) We probably wouldn’t be celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage if it weren’t for Millicent Garrett Fawcett. A long-time activist, she began campaigning for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts. These required prostitutes/sex workers to be checked for sexually transmitted diseases and punished if they were found to have any. The Act only set these harsh requirements on women, which Fawcett believed reflected huge sexist double standards. Her hard work paid off when the Act was repealed in 1886.

She led the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) from 1897-1919, which successfully lobbied Parliament for votes for women. The NUWSS campaigned throughout World War One for suffrage, highlighting the vital part women played in the war efforts. This ultimately led to women being ‘rewarded’ with the right to vote.

 

Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn (6th October 1910- 3rd May 2002) A true heroine of equality in the workplace, Barbara Castle was instrumental in passing the Equal Pay Act (1970) through Parliament. The historic law prevents the discrimination between women and men in terms of the pay and conditions of work. Castle first became involved due to the Ford machinists’ strike in 1968. The sewing machinists at the Dagenham Ford Plant went on strike and demanded equal pay. They lobbied Parliament and, as Secretary of State for Employment, Castle helped resolve the issue. This resulted in the machinists earning 92% of what their male colleagues were paid, instead of 85% before the strike.

 

Olive Morris (26 June 1952 – 12 July 1979) Probably the least well-known woman in this list, Olive Morris was a grassroots community leader from Brixton. Passionate and daring, she was a member of the Black Panther Movement, and helped set up the Brixton Black Women’s Group, the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent. During her student years in Manchester, she contributed to the formation of Black Women’s Mutual Aid and the Black Women’s Co-op.

Morris died young at just 27  years old. Her work and activism is poorly recorded, as is the case with so many grass-roots histories – especially those of women, people of colour, those disenfranchised and people living in poverty. However, she is one of many women who should be remembered for her contribution to improving the lives of ordinary women in Britain. Until her death, she worked tirelessly on anti-racist campaigns and mobilised the local communities in Brixton and Manchester to create a force for racial justice in the 1960s and 70s.

 

Marie Stopes (15th October 1880- 2nd October 1958) A pioneer in women’s sexual health, Marie Stopes published several pamphlets on sex and contraception and strove to make the topic of birth control less taboo in 1920s and 30s Britain. She opened the country’s first family planning clinic in 1921. The clinic offered free advice to married women, and by 1930 several other clinics around the country joined Stopes to form the National Birth Control Council, now known as the Family Planning Clinic.

 

Marai Larasi (July 1969- present) Ms. Larasi is a black and ethnic minority (BME) women’s campaigner who serves as Executive Director of Imkaan, which is the organisation dedicated to tackling violence against BME women. She also co-chairs the End Violence Against Women Coalition and has devoted her life to campaigning to end the violence and suffering of BME women and girls. She is closely involved with United Nations efforts to end violence against women. In recognition of her hard work, Larasi was recognised as one of the most influential LGBT individuals by the World Pride Power List in 2013.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first women gaining suffrage, we should also take time to recognise the achievements by countless women activists since. Whether in the realm of politics, law, sexual health or prevention of violence against women, our list highlights just a fraction of the women out there who have achieved so much towards greater gender equality, and which we can be thankful for today.

Even now, 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Let’s celebrate how far we have come in advancing women’s rights and protection from violence in the past 100 years, and remember that there is still much more to be done.

To find out more about Equation and our work against domestic violence and abuse, visit: equation.org.uk/about/

#Suffrage100 #Vote100 #StillMarching

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Join Equation to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Are you doing anything to mark International Women’s Day on the 8th March? Why not grab some of your best female friends and join Equation for a fun-filled evening celebrating women?

High Tea and Fizz to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Thursday 8th March 2018 | 5.00 – 7.30pm | £25.00 | St James Hotel, Nottingham

“We have a lot of work to do. But we can get there if we work together”  – Beyoncé

Enjoy a fun evening of fizz and high tea to celebrate the power of women to #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day 2018.

You’ll be treated to bubbles on arrival at the stylish boutique St James Hotel in Nottingham City Centre, followed by a delicious cream tea and live entertainment.

Enjoy this relaxed and informal event to support Equation and Women’s Aid Integrated Services, leading charities working to prevent and reduce the harm of domestic violence and abuse in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

To find out more and book, check out the fundraising event page.

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