Jess Phillips has warned that women’s rights in the UK are at a “dangerous and critical” state due to right-wing politics. The MP for Birmingham Yardley was speaking at Glastonbury Festival in a talk dedicated to Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in 2016.Ms Phillips was one of six speakers at the White Ribbon Alliance’s event, entitled Our Bodies, Our Rights.
Owen Jones visits the White Ribbon Alliance UK Parlay Parlour at Glastonbury Festival and learns about the What Women Want campign from Brigid McConville.
The White Ribbon Alliance’s campaign asks “What Women Want” and Ms Phillips’ answer was “Abortion for women in Northern Ireland”. She said: “What I find absolutely amazing about the outrage about (US President Donald) Trump and Alabama changing their abortion laws is that in our own country we have even more draconian laws.
As the heat raged on Saturday, a new tent at Glastonbury, the Parlay Parlour, hosted a panel of women to talk on the subject of “Our Bodies, Our Rights”. The space has been set up by the White Ribbon Alliance, as part of its global What Women Want Campaign, with the aim of being a space for women to discuss equality and politics.
Lollie Montshiwa played at the opening of The White Ribbon Alliance’s Parlay Parlour in The Park area of the festival. The tent, which will host daily debates on issues including the environment, sexual and reproductive rights and inclusion, was opened by Emily Eavis on Wednesday afternoon.
The largest ever survey into women’s opinion on their sexual and reproductive health needs, it is the authentic voice of almost 1.2 million women of all ages, from all walks of life, from around the world.
JOINT RESPONSE TO OHCHR CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Mistreatment and Violence Against Women During Reproductive Health Care with a Focus on Childbirth.
What Women Want aims to hear directly from at least 1 million women and girls worldwide about how they define quality maternal and reproductive healthcare.
Maternity Action’s new report What Price safe Motherhood? highlights that NHS charging regulations are unworkable, unjust and harmful to women.
NEW FILM: Giving birth in a hostile environment - women seeking asylum, safety and their basic human rights tell their stories of giving birth alone and afraid in a hostile environment.
Joe Wallen tells the story of those who cross the border into Spain for a termination, and those who are fighting for reproductive rights back on the Rock
A free photography exhibition, previously on display at Glastonbury Festival, opens in Hull this Saturday 18 November. Spaces of Sanctuary depicts the extraordinary experiences of migrant mothers in the UK.
White Ribbon Alliance in conjunction with Refugee Council, Maternity Stream, City of Sanctuary, British Red Cross and Creative and Cultural presents SPACES OF SANCTUARY: 18th November—26th November 2017, Hull International Photography Festival, Creative and Cultural Space 1, Princes Quay Shopping Centre
White Ribbon Alliance’s Brigid McConville remembers maternal health hero Felicity Ukoko.
Li fled to the U.K. in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant.
Saturday 21 January. Starting at Grosvenor Square, London, W1A, 12pm. We will march for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events.
We know that we cannot realise long-term change for women and girls without the work of grassroots women’s rights organisations.
The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary was started in 2011 by a group of asylum seeking and refugee women who volunteered as Health Befrienders for the Refugee Council in Leeds. They "didn't want other mums to suffer as we had suffered"
On Thursday this week women were invited onto the Park stage to remember and honour the life of murdered MP Jo Cox. Billy Bragg led the crowd in singing, ‘We shall overcome’, and hundreds of us then marched to ‘The Sisterhood’ – Glastonbury’s first women-only space, opened by Emily Eavis in Cox’s honour.
Before becoming an MP, Jo was a dynamic force in the charity sector. The best way of honouring her would to continue to listen to the most marginalised.
White Ribbon Alliance will be back in The Park again this year, making a noise for mums as usual –but this time we’ll be drawing attention to those who have come to the UK as migrants and refugees
The House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Immigration Bill that, if it passed into law, would end the detention of pregnant women in Yarl's Wood. Take action by emailing your MP now.
Caroline Luca MP discusses next steps for the NHS Bill, which includes a clause to repeal the immigration health charge. Removing charges will significantly reduce barriers to health care and risks faced by vulnerable pregnant women and their babies across England.
Join us in taking action to support the cross-party private members bill put forward by Caroline Lucas MP on the NHS which gets its second reading this Friday 11th March. This bill, if enacted, will have a significant impact on women, babies and their families, by reducing the barriers they face in accessing essential health care.
Pregnant women living in the UK without documents are having to make difficult decisions about accessing maternity services, potentially risking their own lives and those of their unborn children, because of crippling fees imposed by the NHS, say charities.
Maternity care in the NHS is chargeable for most women without indefinite leave to remain in the UK, despite evidence that recent migrants face higher risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes than the general population.
The NHS Consultation titled Making a fair contribution: A consultation on the extension of charging overseas visitors and migrants using the NHS in England is now open. The deadline is 7 March 2016 11:45pm.