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Women's Daily Dispatch: the news you need to know on 6/2/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, Stylist.co.uk 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 WDD: Cambridge University releases sexual misconduct statistics; Nicola Sturgeon pledges £500,000 to women; Love Island has been hit by a pay gap row; and the BBC goes all-female for the suffragettes. 

Cambridge University releases misconduct statistics

Cambridge University has released misconduct statistics

Cambridge University has released statistics around sexual misconduct – and has said it has a “significant problem” with the issue.

An online reporting tool was launched in May 2017, since which time the university has received 173 complaints. 

119 of these are students complaining about their peers, but two are related to staff, and others to staff-on-staff misconduct. 

Cambridge University’s pro-vice-chancellor for education, Graham Virgo, said it was “the first university to publish such a high number of reports”. 

“We expected high numbers, and view it as a metric of success. It appears victims have confidence in our promise that these figures will be used to judge the nature and scale of sexual misconduct affecting students and staff, and to act on it accordingly.”

The university has been attempting to tackle its misconduct issue, advertising for a sexual harassment advisor in September and launching a ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign. 

“It supports our belief that we have a significant problem involving sexual misconduct - what we now need to ensure is that those who have been affected receive the support and guidance they need,” Virgo said. 

Read more at the BBC.

Scotland launch fund to support “next generation of leaders”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged £500,000

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £500,000 fund which she hopes will “encourage more women to become involved in politics”.

The fund was announced to celebrate the centenary of some women receiving the right to vote in 1918.  

The money will go towards local causes and community initiatives, including to Glasgow’s Women’s Library, which has a large historical archive related to women and their achievements. 

“Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote is a great occasion,” she said. “Not only does it remind us of women’s achievements – it is also a time to inject new momentum into increasing women’s political representation and supporting their contribution to Scottish political and public life.”

“While we have a come a long way since 1918, much still needs to be done if we are to eradicate gender inequality and create a fairer and more prosperous country. By supporting community initiatives and women-empowerment projects, we are making an important step towards securing that future.”

Read more at Stylist

Love Island star reveals gender pay gap

Love Island star Olivia Atwood has revealed a gender pay gap between female and male stars of the show, saying that male colleagues were offered more money for work after the show finished. 

Nightclub appearances, sponsorships, media appearances and brand partnerships were all less lucrative for the show’s women, Atwood told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show – and she was even paid less money than her boyfriend, Chris Hughes. 

She said the female stars “did some digging” around payments – resulting in “panic” when clients were informed the stars knew they were being paid less. 

Companies were then forced to pay male and female stars the same fees. 

“We never got an answer [to], ‘why did you feel that they should be paid more than us, for us all to come and do the exact same thing on the same day, the same outcome?’,” she said.

Read more at The Telegraph

BBC goes all-female for centenary

Several flagship BBC programmes went all-female this morning – including interviewees – to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the right to vote in 1918. 

BBC News featured an all women presenting team, and Radio 4’s Today programme was presented from Westminster Hall to celebrate the anniversary. Today also ran a poll to find the UK’s most influential women from the last 100 years. 

Guests on the show included New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, former education secretary Shirley Williams and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. 

And even the racing tips featured horses that were trained and ridden by women. 

Read more at The Guardian

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