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Rights of Women provides guidance for law and policy makers and other organisations and institutions, and works to put women’s rights on the public policy agenda.

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Position statements and briefings:

2012

DOC Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, Briefing for MPs
PDF Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, Briefing for the House of Lords

2010

PDF Celebrating success – section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009
PDF No impunity for rape, No anonymity for defendants.
PDF Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009: A Crucial Step Towards Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation

2009

PDF The need to eradicate sexual violence: Rights of Women's position statement on sexual violence
PDF Ending domestic abuse: Rights of Women's position statement on domestic violence
PDF The need to tackle demand: Rights of Women's position statement on prostitution
PDF No recourse, no rights? Rights of Women's position statement on no recourse to public funds
PDF Briefing on amendments to clause 13 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2008
PDF Prostitution Offence Briefing

2008

PDF Briefing note on no recourse to public funds

2007

PDF A Short Briefing Note on the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

2006

PDFWomen and Violence - What's Law Got to Do with It? Report of Rights of Women's 30th Anniversary Conference (2006)

 

We seek to influence policy by undertaking original research, preparing responses to policy documents from Government and other sources, organising conferences on women's rights, and holding public meetings. We want women's voices heard at every stage of public policy formulation.



Submissions, consultation responses and research:

2014

PDF Rights of Women’s evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the impact of changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

PDF Evidencing domestic violence: a year on – a research report

PDF Immigration Rights of Women’s evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights on violence against women and girls

PDF Immigration Bill proposed amendment: Charging for use of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs)

PDF Rights of Women and Asylum Aid evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Female Genital Mutilation

2013

PDF Immigration Bill: Rights of Women written evidence to the Bill Committee

PDF Immigration Bill: Violence against women and girls amendment - Rights of Women proposed amendment for committee stage

PDF Briefing on proposed amendments to Peers on the criminalisation of forced marriage, November 2013

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the CPS consultation on Victims' Right to Review, Interim Guidance

PDF Rights of Women response to CPS consultation on Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

PDF Rights of Women's response to Sustaining services, ensuring fairness, A consultation on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England

PDF Rights of Women's evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposed legal aid 'reforms'

PDF Evidencing domestic violence: a barrier to family law legal aid – a research report

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the Home Office’s Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation, Transforming legal aid

Word Rights of Women’s template consultation response to Transforming legal aid

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the judicial review consultation

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the Sentencing Council Sexual Offences Guidelines Consultation

2012

PDF Evidencing domestic violence: the facts – a research report

PDF Picking up the pieces: domestic violence and child contact

PDF Rights of Women’s response to Supporting Separated Families; Securing Children's Futures consultation

PDF Rights of Women's evidence to the Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Children and Families Bill

PDF Rights of Women response to Ministry of Justice Consultation, Getting it right for victims and witnesses

2011

PDF Silenced Voices Speak: Strategies for protecting migrant women from violence and abuse

PDF Rights of Women’s response to ‘Family Migration, A Consultation’

PDF Rights of Women’s template response to ‘Family Migration, A Consultation’

PDF Rights of Women’s response to the consultation ‘Employment-related settlement, tier 5 and overseas domestic workers’, September 2011

PDF Rights of Women and Women’s Aid’s consultation response – Family Justice Review Interim Report, June 2011

PDF Joint letter to the Secretary of State concerning statutory duties on local authorities, April 2011

PDF Rights of Women's template summary of concerns - "Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance"

PDF Rights of Women's Response to the DWP public consultation "Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance"

PDF From Rights to Action: Using International rights and mechanisms on violence against women in the UK

PDF Rights of Women's response to the Ministry of Justice's legal aid proposals 2011
PDF Women's access to Justice - a research report
PDF Appendix 2: The value of legal aid - case studies
PDF Appendix 3: Asylum support - Notice Of Appeal
PDF Appendix 4: SET(DV) application for victims of domestic violence

PDF Response to the consultation "Charging fees for Immigration and Asylum Appeals"

2010

PDF Response to the Family Justice Review, call for evidence, September 2010
PDF Measuring up? UK compliance with international commitments on violence against women in England and Wales

2009

PDF Response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Strategic Action Plan to address Violence against Women
PDF Response To GLA Strategy.pdf
PDF Government's consultation on a violence against women strategy

2008

PDF CPS policy for prosecuting rape
PDF Home Office proposals on prostitution and lap-dancing
PDF UKBA consultation on Immigration Appeals
PDF Sentencing Advisory Panel consultation on overarching principles in sentencing

PDF BMER women, the law and violence - where's the justice conference report

PDF Marriage to partners from overseas

PDF Response to Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and relevant 3rd party response

2007

PDF Rights of Women Consultation Response to the Discrimination Law Review: A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Great Britain

PDF A Short Briefing Note on the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

PDF Rights of Women Consultation Response to the Legal Services Commission - Legal Aid Reform: Family and Family Mediation Fee Schemes

PDF Rights of Women Consultation Response: A New System for Child Maintenance

PDF Rights of Women Consultation Response: Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill

2006


PDF Rights of Women's Response to 'Confidence and Confidentiality: Improving Transparency and Privacy in the Family Courts'

PDF Rights of Women Response to Law Commission Consultation Paper No. 179 'Cohabitation: The Financial Consequences of Relationship Breakdown'

PDF Rights of Women Response to Sentencing Guidelines Council Sexual Offences Act 2003 Consultation Guidelines

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Rights of Women Response to Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims - Justice for Victims of Rape

PDF Rights of Women Response to the Sentencing Guidelines Consultation ‘Overarching Principles: Domestic Violence’

PDF Rights of Women Response to the Government Consultation 'Getting Equal: Proposals to outlaw Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Provision of Goods & Services'

PDF Response to Law Commission Consultation Paper No. 177 ‘A New Homicide Act for England and Wales?'

PDF Response to 'Rebuilding Lives: Supporting Victims of Crime’

PDF Advancing Equality for Men and Women: Government proposals to introduce a public sector duty to promote gender equality’
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PDF Response to the Joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage, titled ‘A Wrong Not a Right’

PDF Response to the Home Office on the criminalisation of the possession of extreme pornography

PDF Response to the Department of Health consultation on the Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

PDF Response to the Equalities Review

PDF Domestic Violence and sentencing

PDF Parental Separation: Children's needs and Parents' responsibilities

PDF Report of Access To Justice Seminar held on 15th March 2005

PDF Response to the Constitutional Affairs Consultation Paper on Broadcasting Courts

PDF Response to the Law Commission Consultation Paper On a New Focus for Civil Legal Aid

PDF Response to the Department For Constitutional Affairs Consultation Paper On the Disclosure Of Information in Family Proceedings Cases Involving Children

2004


PDF Making Contact Work
Speech by the ROW Director at the 'Making Contact Work' conference in September

PDF Letter to Law Society Gazette on Legal Aid February 2004

PDF Law Commission Partial Defences to Murder consultation response January 2004

2003

PDF Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' Consultation on A Human Rights Commission: Structure, Function and Powers April 2003

PDF Partial defences to murder: Abused women who kill – A joint seminar by the Law Commission and Rights of Women December 2003

PDF Active Communities Unit Consultation Response November 2003

PDF Appointing Judges Consultation Response November 2003

PDF Civil Partnerhips Consultation Response September 2003

PDF Court working dress Consultation Response August 2003

PDF Draft employment regulations on sexual orientation response May 2003

PDF Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers letter to Alan Beith MP October 2003

PDF Optional Protocol to CEDAW consultation response to the Women and Equalities Unit May 2003

PDF QC System consultation paper response November 2003

PDF Safety and Justice consultation paper response September 2003

PDF Supreme Court consultation response November 2003

2002

PDF Access to Justice report
Findings of the research project into free advice provision for women.

PDF Child contact, domestic violence and risk assessment
Speech by the ROW Director to the City of Westminster's Development and Training Unit Annual Area Child Protection Conference on November 12th 2002

PDF Women's Rights are Human Rights
Women and the Human Rights Act Conference Report, 27 October 2000

 


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