NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 23rd March

The last few weeks have been hard on the heart for all of us at Bristol Women’s Voice and for you too, we are sure. The news of Sarah Everard and the police action on Clapham Common re-ignited much of the rage, pain, and grief we feel at the continuation of male violence against women and girls.

And while we welcome the renewed focus on these abhorrent crimes, we are angry that Black and minoritized women do not attract the same reporting when they are murdered by men. These women include Amal Abdi and Asiyah Harris who were killed in Bristol.

We are horrified that a woman is killed every three days. Still.

We are angry about government responses that fail to acknowledge the root causes of male violence and that offer ineffective sticking plasters rather than commit to a sustained in-depth cross-sector program to tackle the misogyny and racism that harms everyone, of all genders.

Awe are strengthened by the contact we have with women across Bristol and the partnerships we hold with the amazing women’s organizations and groups in the city.

Together we will continue to support each other to fight for the end to male violence against women and girls and women can exercise their rights to be free from harassment and abuse in public spaces, at home, in education, and at work.



 

We are also strengthened by the number of you who got involved with International Women’s Day events. Thank you to everyone who took the lead on running an incredible array of workshops and to all those that attended. Despite the lockdown restrictions, it was great to connect with you all. If you haven’t left us feedback yet, please do so: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8RL59ZL

We hope to be back bigger and better and in person next year so if you enjoyed the events this year, please consider making a small donation to the International Women’s Day 2022 fund here:
https://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/donate/



 

A few weeks ago, we told you about our Keep in Contact Project and we are pleased to say this is now up and running. Women from across the City have been trained as Bubble Leaders and they have set up peer support groups – bubbles – of between 3-8 women to provide non-judgemental, supportive spaces (online, at the moment) for women to share information about events, workshops or news and access resources you might find helpful or supportive.

If you’d like to be a member of a Keep in Contact Bubble or would like more information, please email us at info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

That’s it from us this month.

In sisterhood,

The BWV Team


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BWV NEWS:

Our blog: What employers can do to help workers suffering from domestic abuse during lockdown.
The Coronavirus has thrown not only domestic abuse into the spotlight but the role of employers in tackling it. As the UK entered a lockdown, overnight, victims lost their means of getting support, their chance to confide in other parents at the school gate, and the opportunity to reach out to friends, family, and co-workers. Survivors need to be able to access support remotely and safely but few employers are aware of the signs of domestic abuse, and an even smaller number have a policy in place to support survivors, a new report has found.
Read more:
https://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/what-employers-can-do-to-help-workers-suffering-from-domestic-abuse-during-lockdown/
 


 

South Asian Women – Views on Access to Sexual Health Services.
Are you a Pakistani or Bangladeshi woman over the age of 18?
What do you think about sexual health services in England?
Are you willing to be interviewed online or by phone?
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Vaishali (UCLBSc student): vaishali.kiridaran.18@ucl.ac.uk

 



 

 

Changes Bristol – Mental Health

Due to the Covid-19 emergency,  Changes_Bristol are running groups both online and in person. What is available can be found below and we will keep this page regularly updated.
Find a group – online & face-to-face https://changesbristol.org.uk/find-a-group-temp/ 



 

 

Online advert 

My name is Ionela Begligiu and I am a psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol.

As part of my MSc in Health Psychology Dissertation, I am carrying out a research study which is aiming to explore the emotional consequences and needs of women diagnosed with premature ovarian failure (also known as premature ovarian insufficiency or early menopause): ‘Understanding the Experience of Premature Ovarian Failure in Women: A Qualitative Exploration of Self-efficacy, Quality of Life and Psychological Support’.

You are invited to participate in a qualitative interview – a qualitative interview is a ‘conversation with a purpose; you will be asked to answer questions in your own words. I appreciate that all the answers represent a personal unique experience with high value which will help to provide a better understanding of this condition and the women’s needs. Each experience adds a plus value in developing best strategies to help women improve their quality of life while living with POF.

If you are female, over the age of 18, and have received a diagnosis of either:

· Premature ovarian failure 

· Premature ovarian insufficiency 

· Early menopause 

I would be really interested to hear from you.

This research has been approved by the Health and Applied Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC)/Psychology Low-Risk Review Board. The participation will be treated confidentially, will adhere to GDPR and Covid-19 pandemic regulations. Please note that I am unable to provide support services to participants.

For confidentiality purposes, the comments on this advert will be switched off so please contact me at ionela2.begligiu@live.uwe.ac.uk