#JusticeWatch Update January 2016

Quick Update on Women for Independence's #JusticeWatch Campaign

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The Facts About Syrian Refugee Dispersal

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The Syrians whom the UK government have agreed to take, over the next 5 years, are expected to number 20,000.

Maggie Lennon, of the WFI National Committee is Director of a Scottish charity which works with refugees and asylum-seekers. This blog gives information about the Syrian dispersal and practical advice as to how WFI groups and other activists can respond. 

 

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Response to Scottish Govt Consultation on Short Sentences

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Response to the consultation on short prison sentences

 

Women for Independence is a non- party political women’s organisation with 54 affiliated groups across Scotland.   We have a strong commitment to pursuing justice for women in Scotland and is calling for prison to be ‘taken off the menu’ in the summary courts in Scotland.

We therefore welcome the Scottish Government consultation on short  prison sentences as an opportunity for us to make the case for our position.  

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The Crisis Facing Women and Girls in India

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Photo shows People in Bihar celebrating Chhath Festival, during which mothers-in-law and eldest daughters-in-law eat nothing and drink nothing (not even water) for 3 days. The photo shows men carrying food which has been blessed by the river, and which women will now cook for them and for any women who are not fasting. 

 

Cathy Ratcliff blogs on the current crisis facing women and girls in India. 

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16 Days to End Violence Against Women

Today marks the beginning of the annual 16 Days campaign, to end violence against women. Marsha Scott writes on why, as the Westminster austerity measures increasingly start to bite, this campaign remains so important to women in Scotland today. 

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Fillibustering Fellas

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(Our photo, from the Daily Record, shows David Coburn MEP reacting to women in politics.)

 

In the week of International Mens Day, our resident #WFIMediaWatcher Kirsty Strickland ponders on how militant feminists are taking over the airwaves.  Or not. 

 

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Land Reform; A Tale of Historical Injustice

 

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Carol Charters remembers a story of injustice from the past and reflects on importance of land reform for women.   (Photo shows Sorbietrees farmhouse, now a B&B)

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Women for Justice, Justice for Women!

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National Committee member Maggie Mellon recently spoke about our justice campaign at the Scottish Parliament.  Read the text of her speech and find out what Women for Independence are campaigning for.   (Photo shows Maggie hosting session on justice at our 2015 AGM).

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Helping Women to Work

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Previously published in Independence magazine, National Committee member Michelle Rodger blogs on the importance of childcare if women are to work. 

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Land Reform is a Women's Issue

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Maggie Mellon from WFI National Committee explains that women and land have always been connected. 

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