New Women in Justice Network for Manchester launched

Last week around 40 women attended the launch of a new network for women in Manchester. 

Founded by lawyers and people interested in a range of issues around justice, the “Women in Justice” network will meet again after the festive season; but in the meantime, you can get involved via Twitter by following @womeninjustice_

Founder, Anna Morris adds: “I am now going to set up a virtual network to keep the conversation going. This is likely to be using a platform called Ryver – It is a combination of WhatsApp and a facebook group where people can have conversations on a particular topic, or post a question out to the whole network. You will need to download the app for your phone, tablet or computer to use it. I will send on more information shortly.

We have also published a brand new blog piece this morning: – we will be working on the blog too, making it a bit more user friendly. If you would like to write for the blog, please email me at”

Thank you!

Dr Kate Cook


Mapping Abortion Trails from Ireland to England – ESRC Festival of Science Event

Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BH

November 7th 2017

Each year approximately 5000 women travel from the island of Ireland to England to access abortion services. Little is known about these journeys and the care women receive. This event will explore the trails women must make to get access to abortion. Participants will be invited to discuss and visually map the places and people that Irish women contact for abortion care before, during and after the procedure.

The event should begin what we hope to be an ongoing discussion with healthcare providers about developing specific care frameworks for Irish abortion travellers.

Refreshments will be provide.

Please reserve your place at:

More information on the background to the event is available through ESRC’s press release:

March of the Mummies – 31st October at 12 midday

Dear Colleagues

As part of our scholarly activism, members of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre are joining Pregnant Then Screwed’s ‘March of the Mummies‘ on 31st October at 12.00noon, to demand action on pregnancy discrimination and to call for the following five parental rights:

  1. Increase the time limit to raise a pregnancy discrimination tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months
  2. Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted
  3. Give both parents access to 6 weeks non-transferable parental leave paid at 90% of salary
  4. Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay
  5. Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years 

 The March is across 6 cities, including Manchester; please let us know if you want to join us!


Professor Julia Rouse

Invitation to Parliament for ‘Intersecting Inequalities: BME Women and Austerity’ Report Launch 10th October

BME women & austerity

Intersecting Inequalities: BME women and Austerity – report launch

All members are invited to attend the launch of our brand new research report with the Runnymede Trust

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sex Equality, the launch will be held on:

Date: Tuesday 10th October
Time: 4-5.30pm
Location: Committee Room 19, House of Commons, Westminster

RSVP to to attend

Our research reveals how government budgets since 2010 have impacted Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women. In partnership with Coventry Women’s Voices and RECLAIM in Manchester, we’ve carried out research that brings BME women’s lived experiences to the forefront.

Speakers will include:

  • Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
  • Helen Grant MP, Maidstone and The Weald
  • Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Tottenham
  • Kacea Omeje, peer researcher, RECLAIM

The launch will give us new insight into the ways BME women have been hit hardest by successive budgets, and follow with a discussion on what must be done to reverse the trend.

Runnymede and the Women’s Budget Group would like to thank the Barrow Cadbury Trust for their support with this project. 

To donate to Women’s Budget Group:

Show ‘n tell/discussion

Dear all

You are invited to join a show ‘n tell/ discussion hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with CEO Karen Shannon and the Manchester Histories Festival team.

Karen will introduce plans for Manchester Histories for 2018/19 …. so bring your ideas and suggestions on how to link in your research and public engagement plans!

Date: 11 October 2017

Time: 1.00-3.30pm

Location: Council Chamber, Ormond Building

Hope to see you there.

Dr Jenna C. Ashton
Impact and Engagement Manager

Office for Research and Knowledge Exchange