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Essential Insights: Not Buying It Summarises Key Reports on Prostitution

Not Buying It has created a summary of two important reports on prostitution. These summaries are valuable resources for anyone interested in understanding the complexities and impacts of the sex trade. By spreading the word, you can help raise awareness and support informed discussions on this critical issue. Stay tuned for more updates and resources from Not Buying It via their website.

For detailed insights, read the summaries below:


Have Your Say on 'Sex Work' Guidance

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) is seeking feedback on their 'Sex Work' guidance, which influences policing across England and Wales.

Key questions include:

  • whether prostitution should be considered work
  • if police should collaborate with online pimping sites. 

It's crucial for survivors, support groups, and the wider Violence Against Women sector to respond and help challenge years of law enforcement partnering with the sex trade.

The deadline for responses is 22nd July. Access the consultation document here.


Have Your Say on Sheffield's Strip Club Policy

Sheffield City Council is finally consulting on its strip club policy, more than five years after its current policy was deemed illegal. They are now proposing a policy for ZERO strip clubs but allowing unlimited sex shops, cinemas, and 'swingers clubs'—despite serious incidents at these venues, including two reported rapes and one conviction at a currently closed 'swingers club'. This follows two court cases and whistleblowing by victims of the local Spearmint Rhino, highlighting rampant sexual exploitation.

It's crucial for everyone, especially those harmed by the strip/sex industry or those who support them, to respond.

The deadline for feedback is 1st July. Access more background info here.


EmpowerHer Workshops: A New Beginning for African and Caribbean Women

Tambu Ayis Support Service (TASS) is pleased to announce the upcoming EmpowerHer Workshops.

TASS is dedicated to supporting African and Caribbean women who have experienced domestic abuse, trauma, or gender-based violence. The organisation provides a safe, culturally sensitive environment for accessing support services and participating in workshops designed to enhance wellbeing and resilience.

The EmpowerHer Workshops will commence on 21st June 2024, held every Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for women in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Newham, Waltham Forest, and Haringey. Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, these workshops are free of charge.

Topics will include self-care, stress management, healthy relationships, and cultural empowerment, aiming to equip participants with practical tools and support networks for their healing journey.

Please see the attached poster for more details and share with any service users who may benefit. Referral forms are available on the TASS website or in the attached documents.

For further information, please contact TASS via 07359431441 or email.


Call for Submissions: Survivor Zine - Theme: Compassion

Survivors' Network is now accepting creative contributions for its Survivor zine, an online publication showcasing inspirational art and writings by and for survivors of sexual violence. This issue invites survivors to submit work centred around the theme of Compassion. Find out more and how to get involved here.


New Community Drop-In: Information on Reporting Sexual Crimes

In partnership with Sussex Police, Survivors' Network is hosting a new community drop-in at The Brighthelm Centre. This event is for anyone seeking information on reporting sexual crimes to the police. Find out more here.


Become a Believe Ambassador: Transforming Lives

Join the Believe Ambassador Programme and make a real impact on vulnerable mothers and their children. The Believe Project, led by Motherwell Cheshire, supports mothers at risk of child removal, offering emotional support and helping them rebuild their lives.

The successful initiative has:

  • prevented 11 children from entering care
  • de-escalated 29 from Child Protection Plans
  • reunited 5 children with their families

Now, Motherwell Cheshire is expanding nationwide and inviting you to our hybrid training on 10th July. This 1-day session equips you to support mothers locally and access our resources for effective service delivery.

Training costs £350, covering all materials and ongoing support. Join us in transforming communities while developing personally and professionally.

Email CEO Kate Blakemore now to secure your place and make a lasting difference.


Join the Southall Sewing Club: Free Classes Every Tuesday for the First Three Months!

Join the Southall Sewing Club hosted by Asian Community Concern for a creative and engaging experience!

Enjoy free sewing classes for the first three months, every Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Open Havelock Community Centre, Willowbrook North, 7a Willowbrook Road, Southall, UB2 4RQ.

Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your skills, these classes offer a perfect opportunity to learn and connect with others in your community. For more information, contact Asian Community Concern at 07825575849 or email [email protected]. Visit their website at www.asiancommunityconcern.co.uk.


Empower Yourself: Free Speaking English Classes for Women Starting June 6th

Asian Community Concern is offering Speaking English Classes for Women starting from June 6th, 2024. These classes are designed to enhance communication, build confidence, promote career growth, and empower women.

Join every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Open Havelock Community Centre, Willowbrook North, 7a Willowbrook Road, Southall, UB2 4RQ. 

These sessions are free for refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants. For more information, please contact Asian Community Concern at 07825575849 or email [email protected].

Visit their website at www.asiancommunityconcern.co.uk


Investing in Safety: Financial Impact of Support Services for Migrant Women

New research, Investing in Safety, shows the significant cost savings for local public services per woman, over three years, by Southall Black Sisters, Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Ubuntu Women Shelter and The Angelou Centre. 

The Cost Benefit Calculator can be downloaded and amended according to the level of local needs to calculate funding required for By and For Services.

Find the Investing in Safety report here with details on methodology, findings and recommendations.


 Legal challenge to the framework of protections for migrant victim-survivors

Southall Black Sisters and Latin American Women’s Rights Service are legally challenging the government's failure to protect migrant women facing domestic violence, who are often forced to choose between abuse, destitution, and deportation. The Public Interest Law Centre represents them, aiming to push the Home Office to provide emergency accommodation and protection regardless of immigration status. Although the legal team is working pro bono, a rejected claim could result in hefty legal fees for these grassroots organisations. Please donate what you can to support Southall Black Sisters and Latin American Women's Rights in their fight to ensure no one is excluded from seeking protection after fleeing abuse.

Read more about the legal challenge and contribute to the crowdfunder


Opposition to the Sikh Court Campaign

Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All and other organisations have opposed the establishment of a Sikh Court in the UK, arguing it undermines justice and violates the rights of minoritised women, children, and religious minorities. They highlight that such courts often pressure victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse to reconcile with abusers, risking their safety. The Sikh Court's remit on "low-level disputes" could lead to discriminatory decision-making against women and children, prioritising family sanctity over safety. This creates a two-tier system where Sikh women face inherent power imbalances, undermining their autonomy and right to freedom from religion.

To voice their concerns about the establishment of the Sikh Court, Southall Black Sisters have published a joint statement with over 90 other signatories. If you wish to sign up, please add your name to this Google doc.


Black Femicide

Recent reports by The Independent and The Standard, highlight a crisis of Black femicide, with rates in London significantly higher among Black women than other ethnic groups. Data from the Met Police shows an increase from 43% (9 of 21 femicide victims) in 2022 to  62% (8 of 13 femicide victims) in 2023. Southall Black Sisters, in conversation with PA Media, expressed shock but not surprise, attributing the disproportionate impact to entrenched racism and sexism. Executive Director, Selma Taha emphasised that Black femicide reflects deep-rooted prejudices in both the violence and the systemic response.


Southall Black Sisters Condemn Institutional Racism in '#KingsCross3' Case: Calls for Support and Solidarity Ahead of Trial

Southall Black Sisters hosted an online public meeting titled "Institutional Racism in Action: The Criminalisation of Black Women #KingsCross3" on 12th June 2024. The meeting aimed to spotlight daily instances of institutional racism experienced by Black women and their criminalisation when resisting racist abuse. It focused on the case involving Selma Taha and her friends, Divina Riggon, and Danae Thomas

Andrea Simon (Executive Director, End Violence Against Women), Marai Larasi (Feminist Advocate, Community Organiser and Consultant), Daniel Kebede (General Secretary, National Education Union), Sukhdev Reel (Activist) and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (Lawyer and Activist) spoke on the panel with Rahila Gupta (Chair, Management Committee, Southall Black Sisters) chairing. 

The event (which you can watch here) drew nearly 200 attendees. Southall Black Sisters continue to campaign against institutional racism. 

To support, please sign Southall Black Sisters’ petition, contribute to their crowdfunder for the #KingsCross3’s legal costs and be outside Highbury Magistrates’ Court on the 10th, 11th and 12th July (dates of the trial) in solidarity.