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  1. In a progressive move forward for women’s rights around the world, the United Nations has announced a shift on its abortion policy, calling on countries to remove barriers which prevent women from having a safe, legal abortion. The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has stated in a new general comment on the International Covenant […]
  2. A new report on the role of faith in Britain’s communities has failed to adequately recognise the hugely valuable contributions of the non-religious population to their communities, according to Humanists UK. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, UK Minister for Faith, published Faith in Communities: Bridging the Divide, which narrowly reports how faith communities help to make […]
  3. The Church of England has seen the number of children attending its churches for acts of worship grow by almost 50 percent over the last four years, in spite of weekly attendance otherwise falling over 10 percent in that same period. Humanists UK has expressed alarm that the church may be using its state schools […]
  4. A wave of new ‘Voluntary Aided’ faith schools, legally entitled to select 100% of their pupils based on religion, look set to be approved in England as a result of a new funding scheme. The UK Government has today published guidance for groups wishing to open up new Voluntary Aided (VA) schools in England. Unlike […]
  5. The government has published a list of the latest wave of ‘free schools’ applying to open in England – and 33 of them are faith schools. Of the 124 schools which have applied to open, 33 (or 27%) have a designated religious character or a ‘religious ethos’. They include Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu […]