Meeting 11/10/2017: London NUT Women’s Network

Our Bodies, Our Choice: the Abortion Act 50 Years On
by London NUT Women’s Network supported by the TUC and Abortion Rights

Date and Time
Wed, October 11, 2017
18h30 to 20h30

Venue
NUT, Hamilton House

Description
It is 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act which gave most women in the UK access to safe abortions. We are meeting to celebrate the passing of this Act but also to build the campaign to improve women’s rights to abortion.
Women in Northern Ireland are still not covered by the Act and many women across the UK are still obstructed by poor access and cuts to reproductive rights services. It is also the case that abortion is only available on the authorisation of two doctors and, without this, it is still a criminal act.
We know that worldwide millions of women do not have access to safe abortion and thousands of women die.
Globally, the rights we have won are under threat. Come and hear from experts and campaigners about what we’ve won and what is still to fight for.
This meeting will be a rallying call to act.
Confirmed speakers:
Caitlin de Jode, London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign,
Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights
Dr Marilyn Thomson, specialist on abortion rights in Latin America
Diana Johnson MP
Supported by Trades Union Congress, Abortion Rights, Marie Stopes UK
There will also be stalls from Humanists UK, Abortion Support Network and Bookmarks
London NUT Women's Network Meeting Poster for 11/10/2017

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Disabled Members’ ESH Report

Report from Disabled Members’ Equality Seat Holder on NUT National Executive, Mandy Hudson.

Please note that the following is the opinion of the ESH and does not necessarily represent the Union’s existing policies.

Disabled Teachers’ ESH report July 2017
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Please visit the NTA’s Equality Officers webpage and the NTA’s Equality campaign webpage for more coverage of equality topics.

End collective punishment of Gaza’s children

Message from Brad Parker
“Staff Attorney & International Advocacy Officer
Defense for Children International – Palestine”

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“An entirely man-made humanitarian crisis faces the nearly 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza, 43 percent of whom are under 15 years old. Israel’s 10-year military siege of the tiny coastal enclave and repeated Israeli military offensives have trapped Palestinians in dire conditions.

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LGBT+ National Executive Member Report

Report from NUT LGBT+ National Executive Member, Annette Pryce:
(Please note that the following is the opinion of the ESH and does not necessarily represent the Union’s existing policies.)

August 2017 LGBT+ National Executive Member Report
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Other recent LGBT+ information for NTA members can be found on the NTA website at:
http://www.newhamteachers.org.uk/?page_id=810

London Child Prisoners Campaign Committee

Message received from London Child Prisoners Campaign Committee

Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for your support, you are among the over two thousand people from across London who have joined the co-ordinated London wide campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners.

……We still need your support
East Ham is one of the key constituencies where we still need more signatories to the letter to your MP, Stephen Timms.
We are asking for your support by encouraging your friends, family, house mates and acquaintances in the local area to please sign the letter. As we enter the critical phase of the campaign we have only 6 more weeks before we write to your MP.

They can learn more about the campaign, see the full text of the letter and add their names to the campaign by using the following link: http://londonforpalestine.com/child-prisoners

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Teachers as social justice advocates

Report from conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions.

Teachers are in a unique position as social justice advocates, not just educational advocates, writes Chris Smith in The Morning Star.
Educators from across the globe spent three days last week in Brussels debating the UN’s recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions, was the first of its kind in gathering together young teachers (currently defined as below 35) to discuss how the 17 goals that make up the SDGs can be acted upon by educators and also how teachers, unions and wider civil society can use the SDGs to challenge and change their governments.

Chris Smith teaches history and politics in Norwich and is a member of the NUT’s national organising forum for young teachers. You can follow him on Twitter @chriswriteshere.

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