Experts from the legal profession, women’s sector and elsewhere including psychology trauma specialist on the experiences of survivors of male violence, frontline organisations on working with survivors of domestic abuse and trafficking, and using expert reports on cultural context.
Join us to discuss how we can challenge the use of libel proceedings and other legal procedures used to protect wealthy men from allegations of abuse.
Police Spies Out of Lives Event: Call for demonstration as police seek to shut down undercover relationships Human Rights case
This Human Rights case around undercover relationships is of enormous public interest, and yet the police are trying to shut it down. ‘Police Spies out of Lives’ need you to be part of demonstrating the public interest in this case.
With Harriet Wistrich ( a solicitor specialising in sexual assault cases and women who have killed their violent partners), Jon Robins (The Justice Gap) , Frances Crook (The Howard League), chaired by Byline Journalist and Volte-Face researcher Hardeep Matharu
This workshop will look at the fact that in Britain, more women than any other country in the world are arrested, charged and prosecuted for making so-called false allegations. At the same time, we have one of the lowest conviction rates for rape. Clearly this is connected. The media reporting of rape is atrocious in general, picking out only the masked marauders wielding a weapon, and pouncing on victims in dark alleys, and little is ever written about the everyday mundane rape which makes up the vast majority of sexual assaults on women, those committed by partners, ex-partners and male friends/acquaintances.
A line up of expert lawyers from Germany and other countries who will speak on a wide range of topics concerning victims' rights and representation.
The journalist Dr Oliver Zihlmann (Tamedia and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) will speak about the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and Swiss Leaks.
Harriet Wistrich speaks about Victims' Right to Redress when they are Failed by the State
On Monday 21st May 2018 we will be walking the 10k London Legal Walk. We would love you to join us, if you are able to help raise some sponsorship money and walk with us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All the money we raise in sponsorship will go into our charity to be used to hold the state to account for violence against women and girls.
To sponsor us please visit our fundraising page
For more details please see the London Legal Support Trust website
On the 1st March a judge at the Criminal Appeal Court will decide whether Sally Challen can appeal her conviction for the murder of her abusive husband, for which she is currently serving a minimum term of 18 years in prison.
Please come down to the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand at 9.30am on 1st March to show the Court you support Sally being given the chance to appeal her conviction. Please email email@example.com to let them know you'll be there.
On 17th and 18th January the High Court will consider a ground breaking legal challenge brought by several women challenging the criminalisation and continued punishment of prostituted women. If successful, it will bring to an end a shameful practice in modern day Britain, where those who are victims of abuse and exploitation continue to be labelled and punished for something that was in a large part done to them. More about the challenge here.
Join us at this discussion which will launch the new Justice for Women campaign to free Sally Challen, Farieissia Martinand Emma-Jayne Magson. Speakers will include:
This event will bring together survivors, activists, women’s sector groups, academics and others concerned with violence against women and girls to explore with lawyers how to hold the state to account and challenge discrimination within the criminal justice system.
Join us at this book launch and panel discussion on the truth about the sex trade.
Come to a talk on how the law can shape and impact prostitution.
Discussion led by Alice Vachss, with lawyers involved in the recent Supreme Court hearing DSD and NBV v Commissioner of Police, including Phillippa Kaufman QC and Karon Monaghan QC.Chaired by Harriet Wistrich, solicitor and founder of Centre for Women’s Justice.
Alice Vachssis the former Chief of the Special Victims Bureau of the Queens (NYC) District Attorney's Office. During her tenure, she tried more than 100 felony cases to verdict, including rape, child sexual assault, elder abuse, domestic violence, cult abuse, and homicide. Under her leadership, the Special Victims Bureau innovated new approaches and techniques in sex-crimes prosecution which ranged from trail-blazing the use of DNA evidence in New York courts, to firing the first shots in the still-current battle to modernize statutes of limitations for sexual assault. She is author of Sex Crimes: Then and Now. In which she states, "My first lesson about sex crimes prosecution was that perpetrators were not the only enemy”. She shows how the system is heavily weighted against victims. In what has come to be her trademarked term, she brands as "rape collaborators” police officers and judges whose ingrained attitudes aid and comfort criminals; elected officials and attorneys concerned only with their political futures; fickle juries seemingly impervious to compelling evidence; and a legal system sceptical of cries of rape.
Alice is very familiar with the British justice system, and has and has trained criminal; justice practitioners here as well as in the United States, https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jun/01/ukcrime.law. Her new book (on sale at the event) also explores the English justice system. The discussion will focus on ideas about how to challenge inherent weaknesses in the system and improve the rape conviction rates in the UK.
Refreshments provided. Event time 17.45-20.30. Registration from 17.45 for a 18.15 start.
Thousands of lawyers, colleagues and friends walking to raise funds to support free legal advice in and around London. This iconic 10km walk around central London is the largest fundraising event in the legal calendar. Funds raised enable the advice centres to help thousands of people including the homeless, housebound elderly, victims of domestic violence and people trafficking and many more.
The Centre for Women's Justice will be walking to raise funds. If you'd like to join us on the walk please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sponsor us - please click here
You are invited to the third of a series events to be held around England and Wales, aimed at bringing together survivors, activists, women’s sector groups, academics and others concerned with violence against women and girls to explore with lawyers how to hold the state to account and challenge discrimination within the criminal justice system. The seminar will consist of a series of presentations from lawyers and litigants who have brought legal challenges and from those on the frontline to describe some of the key challenges they face with the aim of getting everyone thinking more about working collaboratively and about ways to use the law to challenge state failures around violence against women.
Cost: £20 waged, £5 unwaged
A series of panel discussions with opportunities to network and explore ideas for collaborative working:
9.45 – 10.15 Registration and coffee
10.15 Introduction from Harriet Wistrich, founding director of Centre for Women’s Justice and Professor Phil Rumney of UWE Law school
10.30– 11.30 – The lawyers - how we can use the law to hold the state to account
Karon Monaghan QC,leading lawyer in public law, discrimination and human rights, has acted for many women’s groups and individuals challenging discrimination and violence against women: Using human rights and equality law to challenge the state regulation of sexual exploitation and prostitution. This will include looking at the licensing regime for ‘sex establishments’ and the criminalising of women engaged in prostitution
Ugo Hayter,solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn specialising in challenges against public authorities in relation to detention, discrimination, destitution, international law and corporate accountability: Acting on behalf offemale trafficking victims; bringing claims against their traffickers and challenging the police' and Home Office failures to adequately investigate and prosecute traffickers
Fiona McGhie,solicitor at Bristol branch of Irwin Mitchel specialising in actions against the police and public law challenges: Challenging local authorities and safeguarding children from abuse
11.45– 13.00 - Up against it: Survivors and activists and their legal cases – chair Harriet Wistrich
‘Lisa’– one of eight women who were deceived by undercover police officers in intimate relationships: her story and the story of how a collective of eight women worked with their legal team to battle against police obstruction tactics achieve a historic victory and public apology from the Metropolitan police
Anira Khokhar– Bristol based woman who waived her anonymity to expose her ex- husband, a prominent member of the Pakistani community about failures by police and cps to hold him to account in relation her allegations of sexual violence: Honour and its affects on women from South Asian communities; challenging gender bias and cultural relativism in the criminaljustice system and the community and the struggle to “change my life from nothing to something”.
‘Emily’– survivor of serious domestic violence from her police officer husband, whose colleagues in Devon and Cornwall constabulary covered up for him: her story, her struggle for justice and her plans to connect with others and make changes
Stacey Hyde– Stacey who was born and grew up in Wells, Somerset, was convicted of the murder of a violent man who attacked her, when aged 17. She spent five years in prison for killing a violent before a successful appeal of her murder conviction and subsequent acquittal at retrial. Her story, her battle for justice with the support of campaign group Justice for Women,
2.00 – 3.15 – Academic understanding and perceptions from the media – chair Dr Finn Mackay
Professor Jackie Jones– professor of feminist legal studies, UWE, specialising in women’s rights, international human rights, human trafficking and violence against women: Using and developing international legal instruments to challenge violence against women – an exploration of CEDAW, the Istanbul Convention and create a UN treaty tacking violence against women
Sarah Ditum, local freelance journalist writing for New Statesman and Guardian; On how the media shapes perceptions of sexual violence and the role of the state
Geetanjali Gangoliof Bristol University Gender and Violence research group: Will discuss research on honour based violence and policing
Jacci ParryBBC documentary film maker on: Responsible broadcasting of legal cases around violence against women and girls
3.15 – 4.30 From the frontline: identifying the challenges women face – chair Dr Finn MacKay
Nimco Ali– co-founder of Daughters of Eve , a survivor led organisation which has helped transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation– campaigner and activist : on challenging FGM, cultural relativism and what we do about the lack of legal action to challenge this practice.
Yasmin Rehman, a human rights activist and researcher, coordinator at Women’s Resource Centre and trustee of Centre for Women’s Justice: On challenging parallel legal systems which facilitate polygamy and temporary marriage or “religiously justified sexual exploitation” and their links with to honour based violence and forced marriage.
Tracey Earnshaw, an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate working in Domestic Abuse Specialist Courts across Cornwall: On the pros and cons of Domestic Abuse Specialist Courts and how to ensure victims of DV get help and justice through the criminal justice system
Dr Hannana Siddiqui - Award winning freelance policy & research consultant with 30 years of experience on violence against black & minority women & girls, including at Southall Black Sisters Using strategic litigation and how important it is for the BME women's sector
5.00 Plenary – how we collaborate to bring strategic litigation challenges and hold the state to account
with some additional short contributions from Folami Prehaye, founder of VOIC - Victims of Internet Crime speak out, Clarissa O’Callaghan, consultant with Women’s Aid on Femicide and Integrate Bristol
Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2016 award ceremony and a performance of Othello on Trial.
As 2016 was the year of Brexit, Trump, the refugee crisis, and a rise in racist hate, we decided to ask for 2016 nominations that focused on the work of Black and minority ethnic women and/or violence against Black and minority ethnic women. We welcome you to come and celebrate the work of our incredible nominees.
The award ceremony will be preceded by a performance of Othello on Trial - Murderous Rage Today: a youth theatre project that explores the public understanding of race and gender in relation to femicide and violence against women. The play weaves scenes from Othello, Shakespeare’s only play featuring an ‘infidelity’-inspired wife killing, with excerpts from historic and contemporary trials of English wife killers.
Please join us in an evening of discussion and celebration of women's struggle against male violence against women. There will be wine.
Those who purchase student tickets will be required to show valid student I.D on arrival.
Time: 18:00 – 21:30 BST
The ‘Overcoming Barriers’ event will centre on how we collectively can overcome challenges for women and ethnic minorities in law, from tackling inequality in the profession across commercial and public sector practice to breaking the glass ceiling. We hope to discuss common barriers to career progression as well as positive initiatives to address inequality in the profession.
The event concludes our International Women’s Day celebrations and, in these challenging times, we hope to create a positive and empowering experience for those in attendance.
We are honoured to be joined by the Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs D.B.E. Following a successful career at the Bar, Dame Linda became the first non-white high court judge in the UK. She has been a member of and chaired a number of committees focusing on race relations, equal opportunities, equality and diversity. She also provides training internationally as well as continued mentoring and support to young people from BaME backgrounds.
- Victoria Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Big Voice London
- Harriet Wistrich, Solicitor at Birnberg Peirce and founder of the Centre for Women's Justice
- Mia Hakl-Law, Operations Manager, Garden Court Chambers
- Di Middleton QC (Chair), Garden Court Chambers
- Marguerite Russell, Founding Member of Garden Court Chambers
Entry is by invitation only. However, if you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception.
The second of a series events to be held around England and Wales, aimed at bringing together survivors, activists, women’s sector groups, academics and others concerned with violence against women and girls to explore with lawyers how to hold the state to account and challenge discrimination within the criminal justice system. The seminar will consist of a series of presentations from lawyers and litigants who have brought legal challenges and from those on the frontline to describe some of the key challenges they face with the aim of getting everyone thinking more about working collaboratively and about ways to use the law to challenge state failures around violence against women.
Women's human rights and access to justice for gender-based violence: a view from legal practice in the UK
aron Monaghan, Pragna Patel and Harriet Wistrich have a wealth of experience representing and campaigning on behalf of women seeking justice and accountability from the UK authorities. In this event they will discuss current challenges in securing women's and girls' access to justice for gender-based violence, in the context of the UK's existing human rights obligations and the approaching Private Members Bill supporting the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence - the Istanbul Convention.
A day of discussion, ideas and debate, followed by a launch party bringing together feminist activists, survivors, frontline practitioners with lawyers, academics and journalists to explore ways of using the law to challenge and redress violence against women and girls.