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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 10/4/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece.  

In today’s Women’s Daily Dispatch: Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of Chvrches, steps in to save a young girls music school summer camp from closure in Scotland, and Ealing council announces plans to cast an historic vote on buffering zones outside the Marie Stopes clinic in London. And, a Guardian investigation reveals that women’s UK magazines are a whitewash (discounting Stylist, obviously).

Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry saves female rock school from closure

Mayberry saw on Twitter they were struggling to source funding.

The Scottish band, Chvrches has stepped in to pay for the funding of a female rock school as it risked closure.

Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of Chvrches, has previously spoken of the women – such as Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs – she saw rocking out on stage who inspired her as a youngster.

Which is why the musician was keen to keep young girls’ musical education going when she learned that Girls Rock Glasgow, an organisation for young girls to learn instruments during the summer, had failed to secure sponsorship from Creative Scotland.

Stepping in to pay for its continuation, Mayberry says was important as she wants young girls to know there are “options for them” in the music industry.

She added: “We were really happy to help in even a tiny way.”

The Scottish band approached the school after Mayberry saw on Twitter they were struggling to source funding.

“It was amazing that Chrvches stepped in with their very generous offer,” says Susan Bear, one of the school’s organisers.

“Music is still incredibly male-dominated and for young girls to be in safe space to be creative and confident means they can see this is a possibility for them.”

You can read more at BBC News

London council announces plan to hold an historic vote on buffer zone outside an abortion clinic

Protests are held outside The Marie Stopes family planning clinic in Belfast. 

Ealing council, in west London, is set to hold an historic vote on whether to create a buffer zone around an abortion clinic to protect women from pro-life protesters.

The bid to protect women from intimidation at the Marie Stopes clinic has been backed by politicians such as Saqiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn.

If successful, the move could pave the way for other councils across the country to do the same. Councillors could decide to impose a public spaces protection order (PSPO), which is usually enforced to deal with antisocial behaviour.

The protestors have been known to harass women before they enter the clinic.

“There is a pavement counsellor at each gate so women cannot avoid them,” Anna Veglio-White, founder of the pro-choice organisation Sister Supporter, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “The gate is narrow so they have to shuffle past … there is no choice but to walk past these people.

“The leaflets they hand out tell women they are going to get breast cancer if they have an abortion … these women are the most vulnerable and need to go to the clinic to speak to a trained counsellor.”

You can read more on this story at The Guardian

Data reveals the big problem with glossy magazine covers 

Of 214 covers published by the 19 bestselling glossies last year, only 20 featured a person of colour.

New research carried out by The Guardian has revealed that women’s magazines mostly still feature white women on the front cover.

Of 214 covers published by the 19 bestselling glossies last year, only 20 featured a person of colour.

The most diverse month was October, when two magazines showed a black model and one featured an Asian model on the cover.

The covers of four magazines – Marie Claire, HomeStyle, Your Home and Prima – did not feature a single person of colour throughout 2017.

However, unlike other women’s magazines, Stylist is proud to confirm that, in 2018 alone, a whopping 57% of our covers have featured women of colour, including Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong’o. In 2017, just under a third of our front covers featured BAME women.

You can read more on the story at The Guardian

Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.  

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