Refugee support group the DEWA Project are partnering with mental health practitioners and solicitors to assist women asylum seekers who have suffered sexual or domestic violence. The Home Office Gender Asylum Plan has recognised that woman asylum seekers should be provided with access to trauma counselling and asylum rights information and should not have to relate their story in front of their children or to a male interviewers or interpreter. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
It will take 25 years to close the gender pay gap in the UK despite significant recent improvements, according to Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Women in Work Index. The labour market report measures levels of female economic empowerment across 33 countries based on five indicators. The UK has considerably improved its performance since 2000 and now ranks thirteen out of the 33 countries surveyed thanks to increasing female employment rates, a narrowing of the gender pay gap and a reduction of the gap between male and female labour force participation rates. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Valerie Monti Hollad of Bounce Forward, a Sheffield-based women’s development agency.