Maya Oppenheim, The Independent

Maya Oppenheim

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Recent articles by Maya:

Syrian families in Turkey marrying off ‘underage daughters for money amid coronavirus crisis’, campaigners warn

Increasing numbers of Syrian families are marrying off their underage daughters to Turkish men for money in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, campaigners warned. → Read More

Pregnant women and new mothers ‘laid off’ amid coronavirus crisis

Pregnant women and new mothers are being made redundant due to the coronavirus crisis, compounding existing patterns of pregnancy discrimination, campaigners have warned. Charities told The Independent women are calling their advice lines in tears after being laid off due to employers singling out mothers-to-be or new mothers for redundancy. → Read More

Police forces should immediately record misogyny as hate crime, says campaigner as Labour mayors back plan

Police forces across the UK should immediately start recording misogyny as a hate crime, a leading campaigner has said. Sylvie Pope, who helped spearhead the campaign for misogyny to be treated as a hate crime, told The Independent the new measures do not create any new crimes but instead offers the police a way to implement prevention strategies. → Read More

How will recording misogyny as a hate crime impact victims?

Recording misogyny as a hate crime does not create any new crimes but instead provides a way for police forces to draw patterns, introduce prevention strategies and track down serial perpetrators. Current hate crime laws sets out five components which are tracked — race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability — with campaigners now wanting misogyny → Read More

Women ‘in dark’ about dangers of taking anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant

Troubling numbers of women are oblivious to the increased likelihood of having a baby with serious birth defects as the result of taking a specific type of anti-epilepsy medication while pregnant. → Read More

Make threatening to post revenge porn a crime, campaigners urge

Threatening to share sexual images of others should be made a specific criminal offence, campaigners have urged as new figures suggest millions of people have been targeted by ex-partners. → Read More

‘Devastated’: Five-fold increase in women aged 60 and over claiming universal credit and out of work benefits

The number of women aged 60 and over claiming Universal Credit and out of work benefits increased by almost five times in the last six years – with campaigners attributing this sharp rise to the state pension age increase. The rise of women making claims for such benefits – which soared from 7,578 to 36,527 between 2013 and 2019 – was almost three times more than men who are → Read More

Coronavirus: Rights of up to 17,000 children whose mothers are in prison at risk during pandemic, MPs warn

Coronavirus chaos has exacerbated issues around children being separated from their imprisoned mothers because the government failing to properly deliver on a promise to release female inmates, MPs have warned. → Read More

Pregnant women in abusive relationships face 'jail sentences for buying abortion pills online'

Pregnant women trapped in abusive relationships who are too scared to get a termination at a clinic due to concerns their partner will find out could face jail sentences for buying abortion pills online, campaigners have warned. → Read More

'These are women who struggle to afford food and shelter': Court rejects bid to stop destitute migrants being charged for NHS maternity care

'We know from our research that charging deters vulnerable women from attending for maternity care, putting the lives of women and their babies at risk,' says Maternity Action director → Read More

'Screaming and smashing around': Surge in neighbours and family members reporting domestic abuse to police in lockdown

Domestic abuse calls to the police during lockdown increased by 11 per cent compared to the same period in 2019 – largely due to third parties calling in to report violence. Frontline service providers warn the surge in people not directly involved in domestic violence is likely to be followed by a rise in victims coming forward as lockdown eases and they are able to flee → Read More

Campaigners welcome decision to end ‘rough sex’ defence: ‘The criminal justice system has failed so many women’

‘Some of us knew women who’ve been killed and were determined to not let what happened to their friend happen again. For nearly 50 years, the criminal justice system has failed so many women,’ says campaigner → Read More

Students may apply for university after receiving A-level results in admissions shake-up

The beginning of the academic year for university students may be pushed back from September to January with students applying for university after getting their A-level results rather than using projected grades. → Read More

Black teenager injured while arrested with father on charity bike ride

A man has accused the police of “humiliating institutional racism” after he and his teenage son experienced an “aggressive” arrest at Taser-point in north London. Andrew Boateng and his 13-year-old son Huugo were cycling along the River Lea for a charity bike ride in Tottenham when, Mr Boateng said, a police officer grabbed hold of the boy and shouted at him before threatening → Read More

Diane Abbott on race relations in UK: 'Boris Johnson gives the impression that he doesn't care'

“They used to confuse me with Dawn Butler when it was just me and Dawn,” Diane Abbott tells The Independent. “We would get called by each others names. The tacit message is you are just another black person and we are not going to bother to distinguish between you.” → Read More

Egyptian belly-dancer sentenced to three years in prison for stirring up ‘immorality’

A prominent Egyptian belly-dancer has been handed a three-year jail sentence and hit with a £15,000 fine for feeding “immorality”. The sentencing of Sama el-Masry, who was ordered to pay 300,000 Egyptian pounds on Saturday, is part of a wider clampdown on content shared on social media. → Read More

Family of murdered sisters 'found their bodies and had to conduct search themselves'

The family of two sisters murdered in a park in London carried out the search for them after they went missing and found their bodies in the absence of police help, their mother has said. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were stabbed to death at Fryent country park in Wembley in the north west of the capital earlier in June. → Read More

Chechen leader humiliates mother whose daughter died in suspected lockdown domestic abuse

The Chechen leader who is accused of mass torture and murder has publicly humiliated the mother of a young woman who was killed in a suspected domestic violence killing during the coronavirus crisis. Madina Umayeva died in Chechnya, a war-ravaged Islamic republic on Russia's southern border, under suspicious circumstances in mid June. → Read More

Australia care home job ad says 'dark-skinned people' should not apply

A care provider in Australia has caused outrage after posting a job advert urging “dark-skinned” people not to apply for a role. Absolute Care and Health, a disability care provider located in South Yarra in Melbourne, shared the vacancy on website → Read More

‘Left on the scrapheap’: Higher proportions of black and minority ethnic women suffer domestic abuse but ‘face racism from public agencies’

Six in 10 domestic abuse victims who accessed housing after leaving shelters for those fleeing abusive partners are from a black and minority ethnic background, a damning study has found. This is far higher than the 13 per cent of the UK population who identified themselves as black, Asian or minority ethnic during the last census in 2011. → Read More