Subject: July E-bulletin

Message from Helen's desk

Overwhelming public support for Nottinghamshire Police’s Misogyny Hate Crime Policy

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University carried out a review of the impact of the misogyny hate crime policy introduced by Notts Police in April 2016. Results showed there is clear support for the policy from men and women in the general public, as well as victims who have reported. The overall recommendations call for the policy to be rolled out nationally alongside publicity to increase reporting and education to help change behaviours.
The results also show that some members of the public (men and women) and the police viewed the term ‘misogyny’ as too elitist/academic and suggested ‘gender hate crime’ could be used instead. We do not support this approach for a number of reasons.
We say stick with Misogyny Hate Crime – it’s working!

Want to know why we feel so strongly about it?  Then read the full article and the exec summary of the report here or click here for our press release. 
NWC News Round Up
Looking at the year ahead - #nwcandme
Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM last week. It was a great event where we heard about the work of NWC partners, the achievements of the centre and the plans for the coming year, more of which you can read in our Annual Report.
Now it's time for you to let us know how you will support the centre over the coming months - 
we’d love to hear your ideas. Tweet your response to us at @nottswcentre using the hashtag #nwcandme. Read more...

We are recruiting - Peripatetic Welfare Rights Officer
We are looking for someone to join our team to work as part of a broader team, delivering a Big Lottery funded project which aims to:
  • Provide advice and advocacy to women facing hardship and other forms of crisis, with a tailored, gender-aware approach, delivered at locations where women already engage.
  • Enable women and women’s organisations to shape services and influence the external decisions that impact on their lives or operation.
  • Upskill our organisations, ensuring that we all deliver the highest possible standard of advice and support to the women who most need it.
Find out more here.

Welcome to our new Trustees
At the recent AGM, which took place on the 26th June, NWC members elected 6 new Trustees. Each woman brings valuable experience and expertise, as well as a passion for our community. We are delighted to have them on board. Please find out more information about your new trustees here.

EqualiTeas - what happened when we met for an afternoon of tea, cake and conversations about (in)equality
Katy Lewis-Hood, events volunteer at NWC, blogs about our successful #EqualiTeas event, exploring 90 years of the equal franchise and the hurdles still to be jumped on the road to gender equality…Read more here.

Women affecting change
In other Centenary Cities news, Carli Snowball-Hill writes about the outcomes of a focus group which asked how women can follow the example of the suffrage movement and affect change in a modern world. Read the article here.

#TimesUpNotts Update
It was great to welcome new faces to our last #TimesUpNotts meeting! Planning is in full swing for our first #TimesUpNotts event scheduled to take place mid-October – please follow us on Facebook for more updates. If you would like to get involved, learn more about us and meet a community of like-minded women battling everyday sexism at work, then please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 25th July 6-8pm at the Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Women’s Organisation Network Meeting
This women only network is for all groups, projects and organisations that work with women and girls in and around Nottingham. We meet 3-4 times a year and as well as providing updates and the work of the women’s Centre and welcoming guest speakers the meetings provide a valuable opportunity for groups to make contacts and learn about the work of other organisations. If you are interested in joining the mailing list for this network, or coming along to a meeting to present about your work please contact

Library News
  • July’s theme in the library is Sci-fi
  • Make sure to like our NWC Library facebook page with regular updates from our volunteer librarians.
  • Remember, if you would like to contribute a book review to be published on the NWC Library social media, get in touch –
We are very grateful for the latest donations received from the Crafty Club (£250) and Waitrose's Community Matters Fund (£215). Remember - just £1 will pay for a woman who is vulnerable and isolated to come and have two cups of coffee in our welcome space, often the first step women take to accessing help with us. Read here about donating to the centre and fundraising ideas.
Meet the Team
In every edition of of our e-bulletin, we introduce you to a member of the Nottingham Women's Centre team and this time, it's the turn of Jo Thorpe, our Representation and Policy Officer. Meet Jo
NWC Events and Dates for your Diary
Party Manifesto - 1st Focus Group
In the run up to the local elections we will be consulting with women who use our services and other local women’s organisations on the issues that they would like to see addressed by their local politicians.
Shape the future of your city, get involved! Our first meeting is taking place on Tue 14th Aug from 12-2pm at the Ugly Bread Bakery, 21 Market St, Nottingham NG1 6HX. Further dates to follow.

Empowerment Circle
There is still chance to join the Empowerment Circle this term. This is a great space to meet with women in in a safe and warm environment to “get things off your chest” and work towards empowerment. We start with tea and coffee catching up on life events and then move to explore themes, through sharing and using creativity. It is a fortnightly drop in session – no need to book just come along. Next session is on the 17th of July.

Need help with your CV? - CV writing and advice sessions
From June 2018 - Improve your employability, increase job opportunities, build your confidence, identify skills you didn’t know you had! Please visit this page to find out more.

Free Life Coaching - waiting list for this hugely popular course will reopen on 1st August 2018. 
Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you want to get back to work or move your life on in some way?
Maybe you feel uncertain or confused about which path to take? To see how Life Coaching can benefit you and how to register please visit this page.

In other news

Currently in England and Wales there is no law specifically naming and banning upskirting despite upskirting having been an offence in Scotland since 2010. Victims and police are currently only able to pursue offences of outraging public decency or as a crime of voyeurism.
Gina Martin, a victim of upskirting, started a campaign after 2 men took a picture up her skirt but weren’t prosecuted for it. During a House of Commons debate on the proposed bill on 15th June 2018, conservative MP Sir Christopher Chope objected to the bill “on principle” and his intervention was met with shouts of “shame” from other MP’s. Theresa May has responded to the objection of one of her MP’s saying she is “disappointed” and wants to see the bill pass soon “with government support”.

Pick up one of our #StopSkirtingAround badges from the centre and wear it proudly to: show support for Gina Martin’s campaign to make upskirting a criminal offence.
Response to Female Offenders Strategy
Echoing the views expressed by Kate Paradine CEO Women In Prison, Nottingham Women’s Centre also warmly welcomes the new Female Offenders Strategy published by the MOJ 28th June, especially the strategies commitment to an increased focus on community alternatives, and a reduction in the number of Women in prison.  The new strategy recognises that community based initiatives such as The Changes Project at Nottingham Women’s Centre play a significant role in tackling causes of offending for women, including Domestic and Sexual Violence homelessness, substance misuse and mental health.
But the continued funding crisis present ongoing challenges to services targeted at women. “If women’s centres are really to be at the heart of the strategy this crisis must be addressed.” Kate Paradine WIP. This concern and others are expressed in an open letter to the Justice Secretary David Gauke MP in a response from the government’s advisory board on female offenders.
For further information on the new strategy please follow these links:
  • Nottingham Citizens are looking for a Community Organiser. More details can be found here.
  • Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68, curated by Club des Femmes, featuring films which celebrate female filmmaking, feminism and activism. Read more here.
  • Truth Project report is out.
  • Nottingham City CCG launch engagement activity to talk about over the counter medicines on prescription - The patient engagement will runs from Monday 2 July to Monday 30 July and people can have their say: online at:; call 0115 883 9594 to request a printed version or complete over the phone; Join our team at a drop in event in the City: Wed 11 Jul, 10am -12 noon, Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive, Clifton or Tue 24 Jul, 10am - 1pm Bulwell Riverside, Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8QJ
  • The latest QB - Notts Queer Bulletin is out -  email for your copy.
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