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IARS Women’s Advisory Board submission to the Mayor’s Health Strategy Consultation

In the framework of IARS Gender and Justice Empowerment Project (a 3-year Comic Relief funded project), today we have submitted a response to the consultation on the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy in regards to the specific domain on Mental Health. Our full response can be read below:

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Guest Blog: Dr Daniel Briggs

This year for RJ week we are shining the spotlight on our members and the valuable work that many of them do in the field of Restorative Justice. Our fifth blog comes from Dr Daniel Briggs, member of the IARS Independent Academic Board. Dr Briggs is a researcher, writer and inter-disciplinary academic who uses ethnography to study social problems.

Dr Daniel Briggs

Restoring Justice to society by restoring justice to the House of Parliament

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Guest Blog: Chris Straker

This year for RJ week we are shining the spotlight on our members and the valuable work that many of them do in the field of Restorative Justice.

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Guest Blog: Esther Friedman

This year for RJ week we are shining the spotlight on our members and the valuable work that many of them do in the field of Restorative Justice. Our third blog comes from IARS member and friend Esther Friedman. Esther is currently an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Linnaeus University, where she interacts with RJ from an interdisciplinary approach.

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Guest Blog: Margot Van Sluytman

This year for RJ week we are shining the spotlight on our members and the valuable work that many of them do in the field of Restorative Justice.

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Guest Blog: Gary Stephenson (Restorative Solutions CIC)

This year for RJ week we are shining the spotlight on our members and the valuable work that many of them do in the field of Restorative Justice. Our first blog comes from members, Restorative Solutions CIC and focuses on their Restorative Prison programme applying restorative approaches within the prison community. If you are interested in finding out more about Restorative Solutions please get in touch, or visit their website - http://www.restorativesolutions.org.uk/

 

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RJ Week: Restorative justice, self-indulgence and the trust we've lost

Happy International Restorative Justice week 2017! As has become customary on RJ week our Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, has been reflecting on restorative processes and their strengths & weaknesses. In his latest blog Dr. Gavrielides reflects on declining public trust and asks whether Restorative Justice is doing enough to address the inbalances in our societies' power structures.

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Youth Radicalisation in the UK

The Standard claimed this week that thousands of British children have identified as ISIS supporters, or potential extremists, as radicalisation of young people becomes more prevalent. Extremism has become more common in the last few years, with Al Qaeda affiliated groups and the So-Called Islamic State claiming responsibility for terrorist attacks across Great Britain. The far right has also been emerging as hate crime increases in the wake of Brexit. What, therefore, is the Government doing to stop this and what should it be doing? 

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Our first Victims Rights Training BY and FOR migrant and refugee women

Yesterday, in collaboration with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, the IARS Women’s Advisory Board run its first Victims’ Rights training BY and FOR refugee and migrant women. The workshop was held at the premises of Evelyn Oldfield Unit and brought together 21 migrant and refugee women, empowering them to understand and claim their rights under the EU Victims Directive.  

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Changing Times?

Olga Khoroshilova's piece on the BBC World Services website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41737330) tells the story of a brief period in 1921 when the gay community in Russia had a "brief window of freedom" and shows extraordinary photographs of a gay wedding from the 1920s.  It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend this week where I was teasing him about making an honest man of his partner, commenting on how progressive we are in the UK and how the gay community has the options of a civil partnership or a w

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