Equality Updates 9th February 2012
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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Budget For Economic Recovery (08/02/12):
Capital projects to benefit and further support for students and colleges.
Update To A User’s Guide To Self-Directed Support In Scotland (2012) (07/02/12):
A brief addendum to the 2009 User Guide which gives a summary of recent policy developments, in particular the publication of a National Strategy and the production of a Bill on self-directed support.
The Equality Act 2010: Auxiliary Aids And Services Duty Scottish Consultation Responses (06/02/12):
Scottish consultation responses on The Equality Act 2010: Auxiliary Aids and Services Duty.
Action On Alcohol Misuse (06/02/12):
Free app shows effect of regularly drinking too much.
Getting Tough On Antisocial Tenants (06/02/12):
Housing allocations and tenancy reforms outlined.
Equal Opportunities Committee: 7 February: 2nd Meeting, 2012:
Includes: 2. Inclusive play: The Committee will consider written evidence on inclusive play park provision received from local authorities; 3. Petition PE1372: The Committee will consider petition PE1372 by Duncan McLaren on behalf of Friends of the Earth Scotland on whether access to the Scottish courts is compliant with the Aarhus convention on ‘Access to Justice in Environmental Matters’.
Public Petitions Committee: 7 February: 2nd Meeting, 2012:
Includes evidence on: 2. PE1393 ‘Cut them free’ – Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland:
Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee: 8 February: 3rd Meeting, 2012:
Includes items on Scottish Social Housing Charter, and Homelessness
Anti-Knife Crime Initiative Extends To Lanarkshire (08/02/12):
No Knives, Better Lives education campaign rolled out to new areas.
Scottish Government Internet Safety Leaflet (30/01/12):
From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Guardianship Scheme Helps Lone Young Asylum Seekers Rebuild Their Lives In Scotland (09/02/12):
Service helps nearly 90 asylum-seeking children in Scotland
From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:
SCIF Festival Of Adult Support & Protection Awareness Month:
[Glasgow] March. Free festival, funded by Glasgow City Council in partnership with SCIF members and partners, bringing you a series of topical sessions on the theme of Adult Support & Protection. Open to all those with an interest in Adult Support & Protection, Human Rights and keeping people and communities safe. For people who access supports, carers, supporters, social workers, support staff and organisations who deliver supports, advice and assistance. When? Join us for the short coffee morning sessions in a variety of venues across Glasgow city centre. Each session covers legal, personal, housing and community topics and how we can keep ourselves and others safe in our communities. Check out what’s on our calendar to book your FREE place: http://www.socialcareideasfactory.com/calendar/ Keep checking as we add more sessions over the coming weeks!
From THIRD SECTOR:
Public Contracts In Scotland To Have Social Value Clauses (07/02/12):
They have been trialled in contracts for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Major public contracts in Scotland will in future carry clauses requiring bidders to demonstrate the social value they will create, according to a pledge yesterday by the Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure, Alex Neil.
Inspiring Women Meeting – Gender And Care:
[Edinburgh] 22nd Feb, 6 – 7.30pm, Engender, 1a Haddington Place, EH7 4AE. Public service cuts and welfare reforms will create a care gap that women will be expected to fill. Will the cost of care be gender equality? Professor Kirstein Rummery will outline the implications of these changes from a gendered perspective followed by a general discussion of the issues. Light refreshments provided. RSVP: Karen@engender.org.uk or tel: 0131 558 9596
Welfare Reform And Women (09/02/12):
Our Multiple Jeopardy briefing and background papers reveal the extent of the impact on women in Scotland of the governments proposed welfare reforms. The papers reflect the situation in January 2012 – the Bill has been challenged by the House of Lords who have proposed ammendments to it although the government has promised to overturn these defeats.
From CLOSE THE GAP:
The Childcare Problem (09/02/12):
An increasing number of women are being forced to give up their jobs or reduce their hours because of the high cost of childcare
Guest Post: Women In Scotland’s Economy Research Centre: A Wiser Approach (08/02/12):
Community-Led Health For All: Developing Good Practice:
[Glasgow] 15th March. CHEX Seminar and Learning Resource Launch.
From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:
Rights And Entitlements Of EU Nationals (Including Changes For A8 Nationals
[Glasgow] 10am – 1pm, 29 February
Mental Health Awareness – Best Practice Strategies:
[Glasgow] 15th March, 9.30 – 4.30pm
From TALEEM TRUST:
Office Space And Meeting Rooms For Rent:
[Glasgow] Set in the heart of the south side of Glasgow, Network House Taleem trust offers quality serviced office accommodation for voluntary organisations. In addition to a fully furnished/unfurnished office, the monthly fee includes heating, security, lighting and electricity, telephone answering, voicemail, kitchen facilities, daily cleaning, repairs and maintenance, property rates and buildings insurance. Short or long term lease agreements are available. There is no VAT on the rent and there are no hidden costs and the staff are on hand to take messages or divert calls during your absence from the office. Parking is available subject to availability. Disability Access Features: lift access from the ground floor.
Sizes: Office 1: 17.5 m2 , Office 2: 31.5 m2, Training room: 32.5m2, and various rooms for rent
1. Covering rent, building insurance, heat and light, insurance, security, Reception service, internet, maintenance, cleaning etc. £9.10 /m2 month
2. Option to buy into other services – photocopier use, IT Support, £11 per m2/ month
Plus 15 % premium for short let. Please Note: Rent is payable quarterly in advance. If you require more information please contact Imran Asad Tel: 01415858100 – 01415858016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
‘Love Equally’ March On Valentine’s Day!:
[Edinburgh] 14th February, 2.30pm, Bristo Square, Edinburgh)
Including Intersectional Identities:
[Glasgow] 10 February, at Strathclyde University Student Union
Information Officers At Equality Organisations:
[Glasgow] 7th March. This event is open to anyone who works in the information sector for equality organisations – broadly defined in either case. This event will cover Search engine optimisation and social media. If you’re interested in how this can promote our work as information officers for equality, or would like to know more, please contact Linkedin Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3952951&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
We’d like to know what you think about some of the information resources that the Equality Network is responsible for. This is a short survey that should take about 5-10 minutes to complete: http://www.equality-network.org/Equality/website.nsf
From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:
Resources On Sexual Exploitation:
New information booklets for parents and youth workers.
From CHILDREN 1ST:
EDLC On Good Form (06/02/12):
If you’re scurrying about trying to ensure your paperwork reflects the language of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 then here’s one less thing for you to worry about – the letting form. East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust (EDLC) recently worked with Safeguarding in Sport to update their letting forms and supporting guidance to incorporate the Protection of Vulnerable Groups legislation (PVG).
From CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS
Involving Children And Young People In Research And Consultation:
[Edinburgh] 22nd and 23rd March. This course is for those working with children and young people who want to develop their research and consultation skills. It is also appropriate for anyone who is moving into this field. There are no formal entry requirements.
From REFUGEE SURVIVAL TRUST:
Destitution Animation Launch Starring A L Kennedy:
[Edinburgh] 29th Feb, 6.30pm, at Iglu, 2b Jamaica St, EH3 6HH. RST is launching a new animation which stars Scottish novelist and comedian A L Kennedy. The animation highlights the flaws in the asylum system. It tells the stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland who have been left hungry and homeless by problems, errors and delays in the asylum system. The three minute film shows five colourful animated characters trying to make their way through an asylum system, shown as a board game, that keeps plunging them into destitution. It is narrated by A L Kennedy, who describes both the characters’ history in their home countries and what has happened to them in Scotland. The animation was produced for RST for free by animation company Show Them Pictures. It will help RST raise awareness online and through talks to community groups, faith groups and other organisations. The launch event will last around an hour with a screening of the film, brief talks and time for people to have a drink and find out more about RST’S work. Free event but places are limited so please email email@example.com if you would like to attend. http://www.rst.org.uk
From THE HERALD:
3000 Women In Scotland ‘Are Victims Of Mutilation’ (06/02/12):
From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:
Third Sector Manifesto – Have Your Say By Completing Our Survey:
Glasgow’s Third Sector Forum launched in December 2011 and meetings are currently being held across the city to inform local organisations of the Forum’s work and how to become involved. With this year’s local government elections fast approaching, a first major priority for the Third Sector Forum is to produce a Third Sector Manifesto for Glasgow. Recognising that not all organisations have been able to attend the Forum meetings, GCVS – on behalf of the Third Sector Forum – are inviting organisations to provide their views on what the Manifesto should contain through a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QF35LFD Deadline 16 February at 5pm.
Community-Led Health For All: Developing Good Practice:
[Glasgow] 15 March. Community-led health is central to asset-based approaches to tackling health inequalities and co-production. SCDC and CHEX invite you to the launch of a new learning resource that helps all partners to practice it well: http://digbig.com/5bfnbq
Enquire’s Annual Conference In Partnership With East Lothian Council:
[Musselburgh] 8 March
From CLOSE THE GAP:
Housing In Scotland – A Coming Crisis?:
A new report, ‘Housing in Scotland – a crisis coming?’, published today by the Scottish Local Government Forum Against Poverty (SLGFAP) and Rights Advice Scotland (RAS) warns that imminent changes to Housing Benefit will have a significantly detrimental to low-paid and unemployed tenants and will have severe consequences for local authorities, housing associations and private landlords.
Breaking The Social Contract: An Assessment Of The Impact In Scotland Of The Proposed Timelimiting Of Contributions-Based Employment Support Allowance Payments:
From PROJECT ABILITY:
‘Remembering Lennox Castle Hospital’ Project Launch:
24th February, 10am – 3.30pm – Consultation Day. Project Ability and C-Change have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project focussing on the lives and memories of Lennox Castle Hospital ex-residents… the “Remembering Lennox Castle Hospital” invites ex-residents to tell their story in their own words. It is an oral history and research project where ex-residents are supported to amass and conserve their memories of Lennox Castle Hospital. Ex-residents, families and staff as well as Lennox locals who would like to take part in the project are invited to attend. Please get in touch with us on 0141 552 2822 for more information and to book a place. http://www.project-ability.co.uk/blog
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Equality And Diversity:
The Commission is subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty. Equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do and this section sets out how we use the duty to improve our work.
From MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS NETWORK:
Multiculturalism: An Outlook On Life That Dare Not Speak Its Name….. (05/02/12):
Remember the prime minister’s speech in Munich attacking multiculturalism exactly one year ago? We take a look here at the way opponents of his ‘muscular liberalism’ thesis have been considering the issue in the 12 months since..
Government Defeat In The House Of Lords On NHS Reforms – Reaction From Rethink Mental Illness (08/02/12):
How Britain’s Migrants Sewed The Fabric Of The Nation:
History shows it’s hard to pick out which migrants will be good for the UK. It is risky for the state to try
From WOMEN’S AID:
Digital Stalking: A Guide To Technology Risks For Victims:
Women’s Aid and national stalking charity Network for Surviving Stalking have launching a practical guide for victims of stalking.
From JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE OF IMMIGRANTS:
Migrant Voice Launches Second Newspaper:
From TRANS MEDIA WATCH:
Trans Media Watch Gives Evidence At The Leveson Inquiry:
From ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:
Dignity Counts When Caring For Older People (03/02/12):
Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse
From THE TELEGRAPH:
Immigration Is Not Just A Numbers Game – It’s About Culture, Too (02/02/12):
The debate about what constitutes Britishness has barely begun.
From COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE:
MPs Urge Internet Providers To Tackle On-Line Extremism (06/02/12):
From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:
Big Society And Equality Event, Monday January 30th:
There was a good and feisty turnout for this event, which was part of a piece of research that the WRC and Voice4Change England have been commissioned to do by the Office for Civil Society (OCS). This research will provide advice to Government on: the challenges that inequalities present to the Big Society agenda and how to address them; and the opportunities for tackling inequalities that the Big Society agenda offers.
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Sirak Hagos – Chair, Investing In People And Culture:
Speaking at the Basis Project National Conference in Birmingham, January 2012 about the challenges facing refugee community organisations
Campaign To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence Among African And BME Communities:
Talking cash machines – Act now!:
Banks need to know what their customers want, so let’s tell them. During February and March we’ll be focusing on banks which are failing to offer blind and partially sighted customers equal access to their own finances. If you’re a customer of the featured bank, take action now!
From UK VISA BUREAU:
Outcry As UK Immigration Department Privatises Asylum Seekers’ Housing (03/02/12):
The Government’s intention to hand over the handling of temporary housing facilities for people applying for a UK visa or awaiting asylum to security firm G4S has caused concern among several academics.
Why Is Hebden Bridge The Lesbian Capital? (09/02/12):
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Welfare Reform Debate Ignores The Facts About Poverty (09/02/12):
The Health Select Committee Report On Social Care: Let’s Hope It’s Not The Committee Who Cried Wolf (08/02/12):
The Health Select Committee published a report today, on social care. It’s a welcome contribution – and echoes much of JRF’s research on how to improve the quality of care.
Will The Cap Fit For Children In Poverty? (03/02/12):
As the dust begins to settle on the Welfare Reform Bill, we’re left wondering what this means for child poverty.
I Can’t Live, If Living Is Without Integrated Care (02/02/12):
From PINK NEWS:
Trans Charity To Speak At Leveson Inquiry Today (08/02/12):
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:
Runnymede Collection: ‘Criminal Justice V Racial Justice’ (07/02/12):
In January 2012, Runnymede published ‘Criminal Justice v Racial Justice. Minority ethnic overrepresentation in the criminal justice system’
MRCF Report: ‘Operation Integration’ (06/02/12):
‘Operation Integration: The Making of New Citizens’ was published by the Migrant & Refugee Communities Forum (MRCF) in February 2012.
Educational Resources On Homophobic Bullying And Inclusivity (04/02/12):
In February 2012, Ofsted published a ‘Good practice resource — A whole-school approach to tackling homophobic bullying and ingrained attitudes: Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form’.
From PESKY PEOPLE:
Is The Job Centre Failing It’s Deaf Clients? (03/02/12):
How to contact Job Centre plus by email and textphone – the contact details that are not provided on the letters you receive.
From OPEN DEMOCRACY:
Confronting Prejudice With Charm: Migrants In The UK, Nazek Ramadan (07/02/12):
“We know it’s not easy to confront the tabloid press. We know we’ve taken on a huge challenge; we may make it; we may not. But as migrants, we must deal with it”. This is why 100,000 copies of a free newspaper written by migrants will be distributed across the UK this week, says the paper’s editor Nazek Ramadan
Why The Gender Pay Gap Matters, Ray Filar (07/02/12):
Taking The Pope To Court, Shareen Gokal (01/02/12):
In a landmark effort to bring Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, to account for crimes against humanity – the widespread and systematic sexual violence perpetrated by the Catholic Church, a case has been filed with the International Criminal Court. Shareen Gokal reports
Are Bosnian And Herzegovinian Victims Of Wartime Rape Finally Being Given Constructive Attention?, Aleksandra Nedzi (26/01/12):
House Of Lords Votes To Give Mental Health ‘Parity Of Esteem’ (08/02/12):
Mind has welcomed the news that the House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill which clarifies that mental and physical health will have equal footing.
Supreme Court Ruling Welcomed By Mind And Leading Human Rights Organisations (08/02/12):
Hospitals must ensure that they take appropriate steps to prevent voluntary mental health patients from taking their own lives, according to a landmark judgement handed down today by the Supreme Court.
A Step Forward For Inpatient Rights (08/02/12):
Mind’s CEO Paul Farmer welcomes a landmark Supreme Court judgement, which promises greater protection for people with mental health problems who admit themselves to hospital voluntarily.
From QUEER MUSLIM REVOLUTION:
“Towards A Dialogue On Muslim Same-Sex Unions”: By Dr. Junaid Bin Jahangir:
From CABINET OFFICE:
Social Action Fund – Round One Recipients (06/02/12):
From COUNCIL OF EUROPE:
The Right To Conscientious Objection To Military Service Should Be Guaranteed In All Parts Of Europe, Says Thomas Hammarberg (02/02/12):
People should not be imprisoned when their religious or other convictions prevent them from doing military service. Instead they should be offered a genuinely civilian alternative.
From PINK NEWS (International):
Appeals Court Rules California’s Gay Marriage Ban Breaks US Constitution (07/02/12):
California’s voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.
Ugandan Gay Death Penalty Bill Back In Parliament (07/02/12):
An infamous gay death penalty bill has been reintroduced to the Ugandan parliament today.
Northern Cyprus Anti-Gay Law To Be Challenged (07/02/12):
From ILGA EUROPE:
Important Judgment In Hate Speech Case By The European Court Of Human Rights (09/02/12):
ILGA-Europe’s Statement On St Petersburg’s ‘Propaganda’ Law Adopted Today In 2nd Reading (008/02/12):
From DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION:
United States To Join The Decade As An Observer (06/02/12):
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