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Human Rights Act - The Basics

The legal situation with the Human Rights Act is complicated.   Professor Christine Bell of Edinburgh University has agreed that we can share her basic update, first posted on the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum on this blog.  We've found this very helpful.

In the past few days repeal of the Human Rights Act, and in particular its devolution implications have attracted a lot of attention.  Today a new report is launched from a legal expert seminar in April 2015, on the legal implications of repeal of the human rights act (see below).  The report provides the full chapter and verse, but here are a few quick points on the devolution implications, with further more detailed and reasoned resources below. 

 

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Compassion in our Welfare System

 

Tomorrow we go to the polls.   Women for Independence is not affiliated to any political party, and we have members standing in this election for the SSP, the Greens and the SNP.  But we believe all these parties share our key values.   Our National Committee member Ashten Regan-Denholm has written a submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on the effects of welfare reform on women.   She concludes that we need, above all, a system that is compassionate.   We hope that when you vote tomorrow'll vote for a party that shares that aspiratio

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#WFImediawatch - Week Three

In this week's #WFImediawatch, Gillian Martin and Kirsty Strickland hand out the gold stars - and the wooden spoons - to TV and radio shows for their representation (or lack thereof) of women in their political commentary. 

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I'm a Feminist Because... | Jay Andrew, Glasgow East

Jay Andrew from Women for Independence Glasgow East, shares her experiences of campaigning with women, for women, and explains why she is, and will remain, a feminist.

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It may be the 21st Century, but we still need Feminism

As part of our ongoing series on why we still need feminism, Mary McLernon from Stirling Women for Independence argues that sexism continues to be deeply embedded in our culture, and feminism is what we need to fight it. 

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#WFImediawatch - Week Two

Gillian Martin and Kirsty Strickland take a look at women's political representation in the media this week, and it's fair to say that some shows really must try harder...

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#WFImediawatch - Week One

In the first of many Media Watch blogs, Gillian Martin and Kirsty Strickland give you the run-down of this week's political TV, and how well they've done with women's representation. (Spoiler: not so good...)

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WFI Media Watch

Introducing #WFImediawatch. Because we're tired of the same pale, stale and male faces on our screens.

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Emotional Abuse: the Invisible Side of Domestic Abuse

More often than not, we associate domestic abuse with physical violence, and assume that this is the only kind of abuse that women can face in relationship. But emotional abuse is a pervasive side of domestic abuse that we don't often hear about. Here, Mary Jackson (not her real name) gives her story of emotional abuse.

This contains material that may be triggering for women who have experienced domestic abuse. 

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All Women's Shortlists: An Alternative View From Avondale

Debate has been raging this week over an SNP motion proposing compulsory all-women shortlists, to address the gender imbalance in the Scottish Parliament. Here, Gillian Wales of Strathaven Women for Independence sets out why she believes that, while not perfect, all-women's shortlists are necessary in both Scottish and UK-wide politics.

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