William Collins recently published a piece concerning the Family Justice Panel, a body consisting of 11 members – 10 of them women, including radical feminist academics, a senior executive from Women’s Aid, and a male High Court judge who takes guidance from Women’s Aid. He’s just emailed me an update, and it’s reproduced here with his permission:
You may recall I blogged on the membership of the Family Justice Review Panel recently (http://empathygap.uk/?p=2913) and linked to a letter from the National Manager of FNF-BPM Cymru to Paul Maynard, under-secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. It was requested that a representative from FNF-BPM Cymru be invited onto the Panel in order to:
– Represent the perspective of men (balancing that of Women’s Aid);
– Represent an organisation that is a DV support service for men;
– Provide Welsh representation on a panel looking at the operation of Family Justice in both England and Wales.
Yesterday FNF-BPM Cymru received a reply. I have added the following to my blog post, which is self-explanatory…
Added 26/7/19: A response to the National Manager of FNF-BPM Cymru’s letter to the Under-Secretary of State, Paul Maynard, was received today. Readers will be unamazed to hear that an FNF-BPM Cymru rep has not been asked to join the Panel. Instead, the Minister informs us that reps from Welsh Women’s Aid and Respect have been added to the Panel. The Minister closes his letter with “I hope you find this response reassuring”. As a lady volunteer with FNF-BPM Cymru put it “”Reassuring” ????? What a muppet, not a clue”.
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