Equality Updates 1st December 2011

World AIDS Day – 1st December http://www.worldaidsday.org/

16 Days Of Action To Eliminate Violence Against Women: 25th November – 10th December: http://digbig.com/5bfdxc


Contents:

+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011:
Guidance: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/25115331/0 This guidance describes the responsibilities of chief executives, directors and senior managers within agencies involved in handling cases of forced marriage.  It covers, roles and responsibilities, accountability, training, interagency working and information sharing, risk assessment and record keeping. If you have any further questions please contact: Eileen Flanagan: eileen.flanagan@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011: The Children’s Hearings (Implementation Of Secure Accommodation Authorisation) (Scotland) Regulations 2012: Consultation Note (01/12/11):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/12/01093955

The Management Of HIV-Infected Healthcare Workers In Scotland: Consultation Paper (01/12/11):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/28133630

Consultation On Draft Charities (Scheme For The Transfer Of Assets) (Scotland) Regulations And Draft Charities Restricted Fund Reorganisations (Scotland) Regulations (28/11/11):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/28120558

Investment In Young People (01/12/11):
First Minister announces dedicated Youth Employment Minister.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/12/01105458

Community Engagement In Planning (29/11/11):
Involving communities in controversial planning cases.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/29113901

Housing Statistics For Scotland (29/11/11):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/29111433

Tackling Scotland’s Drugs Legacy (29/11/11):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/29104604

Home Care Services (29/11/11):
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/29080943

Older People’s Health (29/11/11):
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/29092623
The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: Older People’s Health
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/24083430

Human Trafficking (28/11/11):
Justice Minister responds to Equality and Human Rights Commission Inquiry.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/27115603

Forced Marriage Law Introduced (28/11/11):
Breach of legislation will be a criminal offence from today.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/25120644
Forced Marriage Scottish statutory guidance:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/25115331

Short Breaks For Disabled Kids (27/11/11):
Public Health Minister to launch funding package.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/25121525

Youth Contract (25/11/11):
Finance Secretary Responds To UK Government Initiative To Tackle Youth Unemployment
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/25170404

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Committee Calls For Review Of National Care Standards (29/11/11):
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/44768.aspx

Equal Opportunities Committee: 29 November 2011: 9th Meeting, 2011:
Items include: Homelessness and young people: The Committee will take evidence in a round-table discussion; Proposed future business: At its next meeting, on 13 December, the Committee will take evidence from Mobility and Access Committee Scotland and Community transport groups, with a view to setting a remit for inquiry. The Committee is also planning to carry out evidence sessions on Gypsies/Travellers issues and women and employment.
http://digbig.com/5bfeak

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

EHRC Launch Inquiry Into Human Trafficking In Scotland Report: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC Investigating Commissioner (28/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfeag

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From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender (LGBT) Sports Groups And Club Mapping:
LGBT Youth Scotland are running a survey to find out about LGBT sports groups and clubs across Scotland, where they are and who attends them. It has been written by volunteers interested in making improvements to physical activity opportunities for the LGBT community. The survey is targeted at existing groups but also aims to get information from the wider LGBT community, sporty or not! The LGBT sports survey is open to anyone interested in completing it, providing they currently engage with, or have an interest in, LGBT sports club activities. The survey is open until Friday 16 December 2011.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MMKM3FY

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From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:

Hate Crime DVD Launched In Sign Language (19/11/11):
Deaf people who have experienced hate crime are being urged to report it with the help of a new DVD in British Sign Language. Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) and Strathclyde Police have teamed up with the British Deaf Association (Scotland) to produce a DVD for Deaf people.
http://digbig.com/5bfdwn

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From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:

Winter Appeal For Destitute Asylum Seekers In Glasgow – Crisis Payments, Food, Shelter, Survival Packs And Warm Children’s Clothing:
On 20th December we will be giving out food packs, warm children’s clothing, hygiene packs, cash support and useful information packs to destitute asylum seekers. Hot drinks, soup and bread will be provided…. To Refer Individuals: for money, food, shelter or clothes support over the Christmas period, email details of clients you wish to refer to home@paih.org with the subject heading “Destitution Referral Request”
To Volunteer And / Or Donate Items: 1. Sealed food items, e.g. rice, pasta, sauces, tins of soup (non-meat), tea, coffee, chocolate. 2. Toiletries and hygiene products e.g. tooth brush/toothpaste, men’s shaving products, soap, shampoo, deodorant; 3. Washed and ironed winter clothes for children and babies (if possible, please mark clothes with ages and whether for boys/girls). Please drop donations off on any working day (except Monday), 10am – 3pm at PAiH, 98 West George St, G2 1PJ between now and 20 December. Anyone willing to volunteer or lend a hand on the day is asked to email home@paih.org. Any caterers who can provide homemade vegetable soup and fresh bread/rolls to give out on the 20th should email home@paih.org

Winter Night Shelter Appeal:
The Shelter will operate for destitute asylum seeker men and women from December 5th to 31st March… managed by the Glasgow Destitution Network …. The project aims to provide night shelters through 3 different locations to a maximum of 15 individuals each day of the week. We urgently need: Volunteers from 8pm to 8am to manage the shelters; Sleeping bags; Inflatable floor mats; Dry food like sugar, tea, coffee, biscuits, jams and spreads. For further information on volunteering / donations call Brian Cottrell on 07411766540 or email brian.cottrell@iteams.org

Financial Donations:
To help as many destitute asylum seekers and their dependents over Christmas/New Year and throughout 2012, we need financial donations: http://www.paih.org/Home.html For more info, email home@paih.org or call Sraboni or Suki on 0141 353 2220 Tue – Fri.

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From ENGENDER:

Gender And Asylum: Gendering The Asylum Process:
[Glasgow] 7th December, 10am – 1pm, Glasgow Caledonian University, Institute for Society and Social Justice Research, Buchanan House, Seminar Room (Level 3), 53 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow. The aim of this roundtable is to discuss the need to consider gender based persecution as grounds for granting asylum. The outcome of this discussion will be used to highlight the importance of gendering asylum policy. Would you like to join the discussion? To book a place please contact Rosaria@engender.org.uk or call 0131 558 9596. This event is part of Engender’s Equality Counting Project funded by the EHRC and the Scottish Government and is in preparation for Engender’s national gender conference which will take place 8th March 2012 funded by the Scottish Government.

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:

Feminist Calendar In Aid Of The Women’s Support Project:
Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a calendar to raise funds for a vital service in Glasgow. The calendar features vibrant feminist graffiti art and inspiring quotes for every month of 2012. Every calendar purchased will help to safeguard the future of the Women’s Support Project, to whom all proceeds will be donated.
http://digbig.com/5bfecr

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From SCOTSMAN:

Online Poll: Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Allowed In Scotland?:
http://digbig.com/5bfecs

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From FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND:

 

Call For Proposals: Central Scotland Engagement Programme: Community Music Event:
As part of the Central Scotland Engagement Programme, Forestry Commission Scotland would like to use music as a tool to bring together diverse groups. Using the woodland’s natural acoustics.  There is a budget of between £4000 to £6000.  Check the advert in this week’s Jobs Extra for more details (access it at http://www.enf.org.uk/blog )

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From BBC:

New Forced Marriage Law Comes Into Effect In Scotland (28/11/11):
A new law protecting people from being married against their will has come into effect in Scotland. The legislation gives courts the power to issue protection orders to those at risk, which if breached could carry a two-year prison sentence. Greater help will also be made available for victims of forced marriages, and existing powers to annul such unions have been strengthened.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15909237

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From SCOTTISH TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE:

Please Complete This Survey Asking For Your Views On The LGBT Centre In Glasgow:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/transconsultation

Including Intersectional Identities:
[Glasgow] 9.30 – 5pm, 10th February 2012, Strathclyde University Student Union, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH. Want to learn more about including people with intersectional identities in your service? Interested in the experiences of LGBT people who are disabled and/or from minority ethnic backgrounds? This is a unique opportunity to engage in discussions on a variety of topics around the inclusion of LGBT people with complex identities. Including Intersectional Identities is a showcase of pioneering intersectional work in Glasgow, Scotland, England and Europe. The programme includes workshops and panel discussions on: Intersectional LGBT work in different contexts across the UK and Europe; Transgender intersections; Including disabled LGBT people; Including minority ethnic LGBT people. If you would like to participate in this ground-breaking conference, please register online at http://iii-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/ or contact lynne@equality-network.org or phone 0131 467 6039. Lunch will be provided. All access requirements (including dietary requirements) will be met and public transport within Scotland paid for individuals (not organisations) for whom cost is a barrier to attending.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/329611140386180/

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From CAPABILITY SCOTLAND:

Campaign Success Sees Disability Benefit U-Turn (29/11/11):
Capability Scotland is today celebrating the UK Government’s apparent U-turn on its proposals to remove disability benefits from those living in residential care.
http://digbig.com/5bfecf

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From CROSSLYNX:

New Meeting Space:
[Glasgow] First meeting 11th January, 7pm, then every 2nd Wednesday of the month, Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Street.  For more details call Gladys on 01360 850 516

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From UPDATE SCOTLAND:

DPOs Set To Submit Evidence On Media Hostility To Leveson Inquiry (28/11/11):

At least three disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) plan to submit evidence to a major inquiry to draw its attention to how some newspapers are stirring up hostility towards disabled people.
http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?id=191

DAN Sends Message To Coalition: We Are Coming For You (28/11/11):
The radical disabled people’s network DAN (Direct Action Network) has warned the government to expect an imminent return to the kind of high-profile, non-violent, direct action protests last seen in the 1990s.
http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?id=192

Hate Crime Linked To Newspaper Stories Of Fraud And ‘Scroungers’ (28/11/11):
Disabled activists have linked the conviction of a man who called his disabled neighbour a “benefit scrounger” to hostile stories and comments that have come from the media and the government.
http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?id=193

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From IMPACT ARTS:

Hope House Exhibition: A Celebration And Silent Auction Of Artworks:
[Glasgow] 4 – 7pm, 2nd December, 14 Clyde Street, G1 5JH. Over the past 6 months residents at Hope House have been exploring their creative side and have developed an assortment of unique artworks. The canvases will be exhibited in the studio at Hope House and residents will be on hand to talk you through their creative experience. You are invited to bid anonymously for their one of a kind creations. Proceeds from the auction will enable Impact Arts to continue working with Hope House and will provide future residents with the materials needed to embark upon their own creative journey. Please RSVP to james@impactarts.co.uk or telephone 0141 5753001

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From SCOTTISH ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION FORUM:

Glasgow City Council Research Project: Recycling:
GCC and Nicki Souter Associates are working with Zero Waste Scotland on a research project.  They want to find out how best to engage people who do not speak English as their first language, those with learning difficulties, those with literacy problems and those with a visual impairment, in recycling. They are currently gathering information on the relevant support organisations in Glasgow and meeting with representatives to ask about current engagement techniques and best practice. If you would like to find out more please see the briefing note below.  Or get in touch with nicki@nickisouterassociates.co.uk if they can come for a chat and learn more from you. Access the Briefing Note for Glasgow City Council Research Project on Recycling at: http://www.saifscotland.org.uk/showlog.php?weblogid=57

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From ABILITY NET:

Web Accessibility Essentials Course Now Available:
You wouldn’t stand at the door of your business and turn every sixth person away, so why do it online? In the UK alone, more than 10 million people are registered disabled. For many of these people, the digital world can be just as difficult and frustrating to navigate as the physical world, because so many websites and services don’t follow basic accessibility principles. The EHRC, AbilityNet, and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are proud to launch the Web Accessibility Essentials course – the only product of its kind in the UK. The Web Accessibility Essentials course offers guidance on best practice across all areas of digital content creation. Not only can accessible content give your brand the edge, both commercially and ethically, but compliance with the Equality Act 2010 is a legal requirement. This 80-minute, online course equips individuals and businesses with a fundamental understanding of digital inclusion, the legal issues surrounding it, and the skills to make simple, effective changes that can open new and profitable markets for your business. Prices at http://www.bcs.org/wae/prices. To learn more, visit http://www.bcs.org/wae or call 0330 123 9194.

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From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:

Free, Independent And Multilingual Housing Advice And Information For People From Refugee, Asylum, EU Migrant And Ethnic Minority Communities:
Access more info from http://www.paih.org/Advice-team/

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From LONG TERM CONDITIONS ALLIANCE SCOTLAND (LTCAS):

Facing The Future:
The Boards of LTCAS and Voluntary Health Scotland have agreed to enter into a programme of work – Facing the Future – to merge the organisations. This reflects the direction of travel for health and social care policy and services in Scotland, including within government. The merged organisation will continue to ensure the voices of people living with long term conditions remain central to the developing broader agenda set out by the Christie Commission.
http://www.ltcas.org.uk

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From CHILDREN 1ST:

Research Highlights Issues Affecting Children In Sport (01/12/11):
New research outlining the impact sport can have on children has been welcomed by Safeguarding in Sport, a national service run by Children 1st
http://digbig.com/5bfean

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From STREETLEVEL:

16 Days of Action To Eliminate Violence Against Women:
[Glasgow] 8th December 12noon – 2pm. The Red Road Community Studio, 10 Red Road Court, Springburn, Glasgow. RRCS in collaboration with Framework for Dialogue will host a day of art activity, readings and presentations, including work by Scottish PEN, artwork by Flora Alexander, Lindsay Perth and young people in the North of Glasgow, workshop activity and refreshments.
Platforma festival + Red Road Community Studio:
[London] 29th November – 4th December. New work produced from the Red Road Community Studio project is included in a group show called Counterpoint, as part of Platforma festival in London 29th November to 4th December. Titled ‘The End of The Red Road’ it is a mixed media installation, a collaborative artwork made through participatory workshops with current and former residents of the flats.

Platforma is about supporting, developing and mainstreaming refugee related arts. http://www.platforma.org.uk/ and http://www.platforma.org.uk/events/platforma-festival

GIRL:
[Glasgow] 1st and 2nd December, 7 – 8pm, 3rd December 2 -3 pm, Street Level Photoworks. GIRL is a series of creative workshops using film, song, sound and text and movement. Over a series of workshops a diverse group of women from Glasgow collaborated with artists using stories, songs, and writing from their own lives.  ANKUR would like to invite you to an informal showing of some of the work we have been doing. For further info contact ANKUR on 0141 559 4935

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From EQUALITY NETWORK:

Opponents Of Equality Spend £10k+ On Adverts:
Conservative religious groups in Scotland have today splashed out over £10,000 on adverts in national newspapers opposing equal marriage. The adverts, which appeared in today’s Daily Record, Herald and Scotsman, announce “a new campaign” against equality called “Scotland for Marriage”. In addition to expensive adverts, the campaign is splashing their cash on new websites, branded t-shirts, bags, banners, mobile advertising, and the production of over 200,000 campaign postcards in an attempt to buy democracy. They say that they have now collected over 20,000 signed postcards against equal marriage – so every consultation response we can secure in favour is vital…. We need YOU to take action today. Here are three things you can do now to make a real difference:
1) Take the Friends and Family Challenge: Get THREE of your friends and family members to respond this week: http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk/consultation.php
2) Share on Facebook & Twitter – Post the online consultation link to encourage your Facebook friends and Twitter followers to respond: http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk/consultation.php
3) Donate to the campaign – help us match the campaign resources of the opponents of equal marriage. Online: http://www.justgiving.com/equalmarriage By mobile: Text LGBT77 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 or whatever you can afford.
Every penny of your donation will go directly to the equal marriage campaign to win LGBT equality in Scotland.

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From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:

This Winter, Support Our Protection Appeal (25/11/11):
Help refugees get the protection they need
http://digbig.com/5bfecc

Supporting Destitute People Seeking Asylum – Refugee Survival Trust (02/12/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfecd

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From AMINA:

Forced Marriage: Your Rights And Responsibilities:
[Glasgow] 10.30am to 12.30pm, 6th December, Red Road Family Centre, 94 Red Road, G21 4TH.  The aim of the seminar is to highlight and clarify the issue of Forced Marriage, and how this new legislation will aid potential victims. Light refreshments will be provided, crèche and interpreters will also be available (Must book in advance). Please confirm your attendance at the event by no later than 5pm Friday 2nd December: email tabassum@mwrc.org.uk or call 0141 585 8026

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From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Report Into Regulation Of Older People’s Care (30/11/11):
The Commission welcomes the Inquiry Report of the Health and Sport Committee into the Regulation of Care for Older People.
http://digbig.com/5bfdxj

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From POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION:

The Poverty And Social Exclusion Survey 2011:
… a major collaboration across a number of UK universities and research bodies supported by the Economic and Social research Council. This is the latest in a line of pioneering surveys which use public opinion to inform minimum living standards. For this latest research, they are again asking people which items and activities should be seen as necessities for living in the United Kingdom today. Please take the time to participate in the survey and make your service users and front line staff aware of it. The questionnaire will take about 5 to10 minutes to complete. When you’ve finished, you’ll have the opportunity to find out how your views compare with others. Answers will be anonymous and kept completely confidential. You can access the survey here http://bit.ly/rqDHaK

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From PINK NEWS (Scottish News):

Scottish Roman Catholic Leader To Speak For New Gay Marriage Opposition Group (30/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/H5vwoZCvjtM/

Police Appeal After Homophobic Attack In Edinburgh (28/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/8NFAvoLzBgg/

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From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR and COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:

Introduction To Accessibility:
[Glasgow] 10.30 – 4.30pm, 26th January. Voluntary Sector organisations must be responsive to the needs of their service users and staff in order to comply with equalities law, but with such a wide range of needs, how can we plan ahead to meet our responsibilities? This course looks at a wide range of accessibility issues – physical, social, communication and cultural. It offers an introduction to basic equalities concepts, access auditing and the legal basis behind the need for accessibility. It provides plenty of examples of accessibility issues in employment and service provision, as well as opportunities to share your own experiences with Voluntary Sector colleagues.

Equality In Employment:
[Glasgow] 10.30 – 4.30pm, 29th February. The law on discrimination in employment has developed considerably with the introduction of the Equalities Act 2010, and there are more reasons than ever to follow best practice on equality for staff. This course provides practical tips and explanations to help your organisation meet its legal and ethical responsibilities. Issues covered include recruitment, monitoring and dignity at work. It also examines issues around equality in volunteering. This course is designed to enable organisations to share their knowledge and experiences, look at how the law works in practice and learn more about some of the trickier elements of employment equality practice.

Collecting And Using Equalities Information:
[Glasgow] 10.30 – 4.30pm, 20th March.  Equalities monitoring is an essential tool for mainstreaming equality and diversity. It’s also an increasingly important element of funding requirements. This one day introduction to equalities monitoring guides you through the process with best practice examples, ideas on how to use the information you collect and practical tips for implementing successful monitoring systems. Issues covered include: Planning, designing and introducing equalities monitoring; protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010; How to maximise response rates; How to use the information collected; Compliance with data protection legislation.

Trainer: Carol Young, CRER COST: £65 Member, £85 Non Member. To book onto or enquire about any of the above courses contact GCVS: stacey.anderson@gcvs.org.uk Tel: 0141 332 2444

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Digital Accessibility – Web Accessibility Essentials Course Now Available:
http://digbig.com/5bfdyt

Commission To Work With Two Local Councils On Spending Decisions Around Library Closures (30/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfecx

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From HOME OFFICE:

Women Key To Economic Success (01/12/11):
Equalities Minister places women at the heart of growth
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/gender-agenda

Tackling Violence Against Women And Girls (25/11/11):
Update on tackling violence against women and girls
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/vawg-un-day

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From FAWCETT:

Fawcett’s Response To Chancellor’s Autumn Financial Statement (29/11/11):
http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1260

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From CHANGE.ORG:

Petition: Ryanair: Stop Selling Your Staff:
I’m a member of an airline Cabin Crew and what’s more I love my job. My work colleagues, many of whom are male, work hard with me to ensure the safety of our passengers. Safety is our number one priority, not the brand of our underwear. Ryanair need to have these types of adverts banned. We have come a long way from seeing women purely in a sexual way as opposed to a professional way. No other profession would get away with depicting women in this way. In the new Pan Am series, Christina Ricci says to a customer with wandering hands, “I’m not included in the price of your ticket”. Too right!

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From JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE OF IMMIGRANTS:

Status Matters? Forced Labour And Immigration Policy:
In a world characterised by global mobility and increasing economic and forced migration, the UK is home to a diverse range of migrant communities. Many migrants work on the fringes of low-paid employment sectors under poor conditions. Under these circumstances, immigration policy and insecure immigration status can provide an environment conducive to exploitation by employers.
http://digbig.com/5bfdyp

Young Bear Brunt Of Migration Policies (30/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfead

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From CABINET OFFICE:

Cyber Security Strategy:
The new Cyber Security Strategy was published on 25 November 2011. It sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.
http://digbig.com/5bfdxk

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From LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY:

Mobility Allowance Will Not Now Be Cut, Says Minister – The Times:
Six campaigners created this stunt which shows disabled people trapped in their homes as a result of the removal of DLA mobility. Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “We applaud the Government for listening to the thousands of disabled people who have raised this issue, and reversing the plan to scrap this vital benefit. This allowance is just so important for those who receive it – it can make the difference between being able to get out independently, and being trapped inside.
http://www.lcdisability.org/dla

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From DEMOS:

Destination Unknown: Autumn 2011:
Confusion reigns as disability cuts bite. In the latest release from our Disability in Austerity tracking study, we catch up with the six disabled families and find out how they are coping with the cuts. We find that poor communication around changes to benefits is resulting in unnecessary financial penalties for many disabled people.
http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/destinationunknownautumn2011

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From ACTION ON HEARING LOSS:

Unlimited Potential?:
Our new research into the experiences of people with hearing loss in the workplace is now available on our website. Unlimited Potential? looks at the experiences of 27 people who lost some or all of their hearing whilst of working age. What support do people with hearing loss receive from their employers? And what barriers do they face?
http://digbig.com/5bfdyq

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From END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

New Imkaan Report On FGM, Forced Marriage And ‘Honour-Based’ Violence Sent To The PM:
http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/

Tell The Government To Stand Up For Women’s Rights In The UK & Across Europe:
On International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women we are calling on the UK Government to step up it’s action on violence against women at home and abroad
http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

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From EMPLOYERS’ FORUM ON DISABILITY:

Pedestrianisation Causes Concerns For Disabled Parishioners (01/12/11):
Disabled people using a popular Kingston church may lose out if a town centre street becomes pedestrianised, its vicar claims.
http://digbig.com/5bfech

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From SCOPE:

New Report Reveals How Cuts And Confusion Push Disabled People Into Poverty (02/11/11):
http://www.scope.org.uk/news/destination-unknown-autumn

New Disability Strategy Comment (01/12/11):
Scope’s comment on Maria Miller’s invitation to disabled people and their organisations.
http://www.scope.org.uk/news/new-disability-strategy-comment

What The Autumn Statement Means For Disabled People (29/11/11):
Our reaction to the autumn statement by Chancellor George Osborne.
http://www.scope.org.uk/news/autumn-statement

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From RUNNYMEDE:

Ethnic Minority Citizens Retiring Abroad Miss Out On Full State Pension (01/12/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfecw

Clegg Makes Speech On Race Equality (24/11/11):
The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has given an extensive speech on race equality in the UK, in which he particularly focused on economic inequalities between different ethnic groups.~
http://digbig.com/5bfect

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From PINK NEWS:

The Challenge For Black And Minority Ethnic Communities On World AIDS Day (01/12/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/vhSpsmWULRE/

The Inequality We Aren’t So Keen To Talk About (01/12/11):
On World AIDS Day, Will Harris of the Terrence Higgins Trust writes that the HIV epidemic has been set against a moral backdrop like no other medical condition, “a victim of its own capitals”.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/GGDimNqd-RE/

New Once-A-Day HIV Drug Launched Ahead Of World AIDS Day (29/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/XJRwXe-BAH8/

Speaker John Bercow Unveils New Coat Of Arms With Multiple Gay Rights Symbols (29/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/OtTwLHUaq_0/

Men Urged To Opt In For Nationwide Sexual Health Messaging Service (29/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/veGlZ9A6s_s/

One In 20 Gay Men Living With HIV As Infection Rate Hits Record High (29/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/5uBW9vnsKhY/

UK Report: Homophobia In Prisons Is Endemic, But Often Unreported Or Ignored (28/11/11):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/negPLr_GOb8/

Arguments Against Religious Civil Partnership Rules Released By House Of Lords (25/11/11):
Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer’s argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/JW22hiZMa8s/

“6 Deaths” Linked To UK Churches HIV Advice A Sky News Investigation (25/11/11):
dangerously false advice about HIV/AIDS. The National AIDS Trust say it’s “worrying” and “tragic”.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/zEyvPqtu0SY/

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From PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:

Later Life: Quality Care Matters:
[London] 25th January 2012. The UK’s population is getting older. With this unprecedented demographic change comes a significant rise in demand for health and social care services. The Health and Social Care Bill sets out the government’s plans to reform the NHS, making it more resilient to the impact of our ageing population. Integration is a central focus of the health reforms, and there is considered to be a real opportunity to address the issue of integrating health and social care around older people’s needs.
http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/204/later-life

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From OPEN DEMOCRACY:

Religion, Gender And Migration: Beyond ‘Obedience Vs Agency’ (28/11/11):
It is time that debates surrounding religion and migration in the UK move beyond the almost monolithic focus on Islam, recognising the multiple and fluid ways in which religion shapes, and is in turned shaped by, experiences of migration, says Chloé Lewis
http://digbig.com/5bfeaw

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From REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Legal Aid Reforms Postponed Until 2013: Our Response (01/12/11):
In response to the Ministry of Justice announcement today that reforms to legal aid will be postponed until April 2013, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said….
http://digbig.com/5bfecb

Shami Chakrabarti Awards Refugees For Campaigning To Improve Lives Of Refugees In UK (30/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfeby

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From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:

Report On Harmful Practices In London:
‘The Missing Link: a joined up approach to addressing harmful practices in London’ was published and submitted to the Greater London Authority in September 2011. “forms of violence that have been committed against women in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered part of accepted cultural practice. These violations include female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM), dowry murder, so-called ‘honour killings,’ and early marriage. They lead to death, disability, physical and psychological harm for millions of women annually” (UNFEM 2007). PDF from Imkaan http://digbig.com/5bfebw

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From STONEWALL:

Stonewall Launches New School Champions Programme (01/12/11):
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/6648.asp

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From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:

Fulfilling Potential: Disabled People Asked To Shape Government Policy (01/12/11):
Today, disabled people and their organisations are being invited to help shape future policy and develop a new cohesive cross-government disability strategy.
http://digbig.com/5bfebr

Care Home Residents To Keep DLA/PIP Mobility (01/12/11):
Disabled people living in residential care will continue to have their additional mobility needs met through Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller announced today.
http://digbig.com/5bfeap

First Of £3 Million Government Funding Given To Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (28/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfdxp

£1billion Package To Tackle Youth Unemployment (25/11/11):
Almost £1billion will be spent over the next three years to provide unemployed young people with extra help as part of a new “Youth Contract”, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Employment Minister Chris Grayling announced today.
http://digbig.com/5bfdxn

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From PUBLIC POLICY EXCHANGE:

Tackling Violence Against Women And Girls: Reducing Risk Through Prevention, Provision And Partnership:
[London] 7th February 2012
http://publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events.php

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From MIND:

Mental Health Still A Taboo In The Media, New Research Shows (28/11/11):
The media is failing to give mental health the attention it needs, according to the results of a survey released today.
http://digbig.com/5bfeas

Mind Comment On The Death Of Gary Speed (27/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfear

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From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:

Monitoring Poverty And Social Exclusion 2011:
The annual report on the state of poverty and social exclusion in the UK, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/monitoring-poverty-2011
The Coalition is repeating Labour’s mistakes (01/12/11):
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2011/11/coalition-repeating-labours-mistakes

A Better Life – What Older People With High Support Needs Value:
www.jrf.org.uk/publications/older-people-high-support-needs-value

White Working-Classes: Last In Line? New JRF Publications And Blog:
Are they the last in line? Listening to white working class views of neighbourhood, cohesion and change (blog): http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2011/11/are-they-the-last-in-line
White working-class views of neighbourhood, cohesion and change (publication):
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/working-class-views-neighbourhood
White working-class neighbourhoods: Common themes and policy suggestions (publication):
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/working-class-views-neighbourhood

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From UK VISA BUREAU:

UK Net Migration At Record Heights Despite Government’s Measures (29/11/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfece

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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From EUROPEAN COMMISSION:

Compendium Of Practice On Non-Discrimination / Equality Mainstreaming:
The European Commission has published a compendium to promote the non-discrimination/equality mainstreaming into all stages of the policy processes of the EU Member States. This compendium (soon available in German and French) is designed to assist policy makers and programme managers, in all policy fields, to implement this mainstreaming as an integral part of their work. It provides practical guidance and presents concrete examples already implemented in the EU.
Compendium (PDF 9MB): http://digbig.com/5bfeah

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From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:

European Day Of Persons With Disabilities:
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=28765

Europe’s Way Out Of The Crisis:”We Need A New Plan To Protect Persons With Disabilities From The Crisis (01/12/11):
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=28796

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From COUNCIL OF EUROPE:

Human Rights Commissioner: Shortlist Announced:
The CoE Committee of Ministers has submitted a shortlist of three candidates for the post of Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner to the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly. He will take over from present Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg at the end of his mandate (31 March 2012). The candidates are Pierre-Yves Monette (Belgium), Nils Muiznieks (Latvia) and Frans Timmermans (Netherlands).
http://digbig.com/5bfdxm

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From EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS:

The Economic Crisis Threatens Participation And Inclusion Of People With Disabilities (02/12/11):
http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/news_and_events/infocus11_0212_en.htm

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From EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:

European Parliament Calls On Croatia To Adopt National Action Plan For LGBT Rights (01/12/11):
http://digbig.com/5bfecp

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From ILGA-EUROPE:

World AIDS Day 2011 – Getting To Zero (01/12/11):
Today is World AIDS Day – a day that reminds us that HIV/AIDS has not gone away, and that there are many things that still need to be done. The theme of this year is ‘Getting to Zero’. Read ILGA-Europe’s statement here: http://digbig.com/5bfecj

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