A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.

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International Womens Day

A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women

International Womens DayFriday March 8th marks International Womens Day and there is a wealth of information to browse on the International Womens Day 2013 website, which includes details of more than 320 events planned across the UK by a wide range of organisations. International Womens DayWelcome to the RCNs International Womens Day presentation. This years theme focuses on ending violence against women.The following slides highlight some of the work being done by the Royal College of Nursing in this area.The RCN will continue to raise awareness of International Womens Day as an integral part of our long tradition of work in implementing equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity and promoting human rights. Our pledgeProtecting you at workAll workers have a right to work safely and free from violence. The RCN is concerned that a predominantly female nursing workforce is exposed to high levels of physical and verbal abuse at work and calls on employers, regulators and the Government to do more to protect vulnerable workers from violence.

Kim Sunley, RCN Senior Employment Relations AdvisorKeeping you safe at workIf you are concerned about workplace violence then speak to your local RCN representative or contact RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 .Alternatively, visit www.rcn.org.uk/direct for further advice.

For further information and resources on workplace violence see http://www.rcn.org.uk/support/the_working_environment/health_and_safety/violence_and_agression

The Membership Support Services team offer free, confidential advice, guidance, representation and support to help you.We work closely withour colleaguesin regional offices andlegal servicesto ensure that our members are as fully supported as possible during tough times.Supporting youMember Support Services consists offive key services:Careers Service Counselling Service Immigration Advice Service Welfare Rights and Guidance Service Peer Support @ MSS (formerly the Work Injured Nurses Group and Disabled Nurses Network)For more information, visit the RCN websitehttp://www.rcn.org.uk/support/services

As the RCNs Midwifery and Womens Health Advisor, My goal is to enhance womens health globally. International Womens Day gives us a vital opportunity to keep womens health firmly on our agenda.

Carmel Bagness,RCN Midwifery & Womens Health AdvisorWomens Health ForumThe Womens Health and Midwifery forums carry out a wide range of activities each year.For more information please visit the Forum pagehttp://www.rcn.org.uk/development/communities/rcn_forum_communities/womenshealth

International Womens Day 2012The International dimension: RCN members with Deputy President, Cecilia Anim and Alison Criado- Perez of Mdecins Sans Frontires discussing the role of nurses in humanitarian work as part of our celebrations for International Womens Day.

The RCN with colleagues from the Royal College of Midwives, joining other organisations supporting Women on the Bridge for International Womens Day 2012.United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).This years event takes place in New Yorkand its theme is the elimination of allforms of violence against women and girls.Further information about the Commissioncan be viewed belowhttp://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm#themes

Join us at Congress 2013Help us to shape the next generation of guidance for RCN members aimed at identifying and responding to domestic abuse and violence in all its formsMonday, 22nd April 2013, 12:45 - 13:45 Venue: Jurys InnFor more information contactdiversity.team@rcn.org.uk

Useful contactsWomens Aidhttp://www.womensaid.org.uk/Broken Rainbow (LGBT)http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/Mens Advice and Enquiry Linehttp://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/mens_advice.phpInternational Womens Day websitehttp://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/mens_advice.php

For more information about this presentation pleaseemail :

diversity.team@rcn.org.uk