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DM Weekly Digest 22/09/2023

The nasty noughties: Russell Brand and the era of sadistic tabloid misogyny


At the turn of the century, the tabloid press was untouchable – and women in the public eye faced ceaseless persecution. We are still grappling with the fallout today, writes Zoe Williams here.



Why do rape and sexual assault victims find it hard to go straight to police?


Meanwhile, the BBC looks at the reasons many find it difficult to report sex crimes to the police. Read more here.



Welsh equality charity confirms closure due to financial challenges


Welsh gender equality charity Chwarae Teg has announced it is closing due to “a perfect storm of financial challenges”. Read more here.



Scotland’s gender reform bill was not blocked due to policy row, court told


On the second day of the Scottish government’s legal challenge to No 10’s veto of the bill, David Johnston KC told the court of session in Edinburgh that the first ever use of the section 35 power was in “no way unconstitutional”. Read more here.



The Gloucestershire student's campaign for 'more inclusive' disability blue badge


Sam Vestey, 21, believes the wheelchair icon featured on blue badges and disabled parking bays is outdated and has launched an alternative logo. Read more here.



'There is strength in neurodiversity - we just need to see it'


ITV's Neil Barbour has been reporting on the crisis in the special educational needs and disabilities - or SEND - system ever since his daughter Daisy's diagnosis, and what he's found has often been harrowing. Read more here.



Taoiseach 'not afraid' to raise LGBT rights with world leaders rolling out draconian laws


Leo Varadkar has said he is not afraid to raise the issue of LGBT rights with leaders of countries that are rolling out draconian laws or threatening death penalties. Read more here.



Call to shut down Bristol schools’ use of app to ‘monitor’ pupils and families


Criminal justice and antiracist campaigners have raised concerns over an app being used by schools in Bristol to “monitor and profile” pupils and their families. Read more here.



New images of Ncuti Gatwa in Doctor Who


The 30-year-old will be the 15th Time Lord and the first person of colour to play the lead in the BBC sci-fi series. Read more here.



Government and Public Bodies


All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in Parliament report: Open house – Where next for gender equality in Parliament?

Research Summary: Experiences of Suicide in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities


Parliamentary Briefing: Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting