Equality Updates 24th February 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
LGBT History Month: http://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/
International Women’s Day 8th March:
Events listings on GWVSN website: http://digbig.com/5bfppd
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Councils Move Towards Living Wage (23/02/12):
Local Government Minister urges remaining councils to follow suit.
External Review Of Alcohol Focus Scotland (23/02/12):
The Opportunities And Challenges Of The Changing Public Services Landscape For The Third Sector In Scotland: A Longitudinal Study: Year Two Report (22/02/12):
Research Findings: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/255754
Bedroom Tax Warning (21/02/12):
UK Ministers urged to ‘see sense’ and protect vulnerable people.
Autism Strategy In Action (20/02/12):
Funding backs support services for people with autism and their families.
Devolution Of Community Care Grants And Crisis Loans: Consultation On Successor Arrangements – RESPONSES (20/02/12):
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:
Equal Opportunities Committee: 21 February 2012: 3rd Meeting, 2012:
Women and work: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion from Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, STUC; Margaret Boyd, GMB and Chair, STUC Women’s Committee; Pauline Rourke, Communication Workers Union representative, and Elaine Dougall, Regional Equalities Officer, Unite, STUC Women’s Committee; Kirsty Connell, Vice-Chair, STUC Youth Committee; Barbra Farmer, Chair, STUC Disabled Workers Committee; Anne-Marie Mackin, Freelance Trainer and Assessor, Play First (Scotland) Ltd; Emma Ritch, Project Manager, Close the Gap; Linda Somerville, Director, Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Laura Speaks To Channel 4 On Equal Marriage (23/02/12):
From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:
A Better Glasgow For All: Pathways For Change:
[Glasgow] 28th February, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Thistle Hotel. Free GDA Event. ‘Pathways for Change’ is GDA’s new 3 year project, funded by the Big Lottery. This will focus on 3 strands: 1. Older disabled people, 2. Younger disabled people, 3. Disabled people facing barriers accessing learning, training & employability support. Keynote speakers will provide detail about the new ‘Pathways for Change’ project, launch a report on Co-production and set the scene for Glasgow’s Independent Living Strategy: this is being co-produced by public agencies, led by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Disability Alliance as the collective, representative voice of disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Glasgow with the support of Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living. We anticipate an audience of over 300 people, made up of disabled people, their supporters and representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Round table discussions and workshops will encourage participants to share views, exchange ideas and contribute to plans for ‘Pathways for Change’ and the developing Independent Living Strategy. Keynote speakers will include: Michael Matheson, Scottish Minister for Public Health; Gordon Matheson, Leader, Glasgow City Council; David Allan, Scottish Community Development Centre, Head of Community Capacity and Engagement Presenting the debut performance of the Purple Poncho Players! GDA members have worked together to produce a light hearted but thought provoking performance based on the real life experiences of disabled people. Key messages will highlight barriers facing disabled people and the role of asset based approaches and capacity building in building personal confidence and resilience and in overcoming barriers. Call 0141 556 7103 or email email@example.com to book.
Helping Children Who Live With A High Risk Of Harm: Exploring Innovative Solutions And Understanding ‘What Works’:
[Glasgow] 6 March: http://digbig.com/5bfpqm
From CAPABILITY SCOTLAND:
Capability Scotland Hosts ‘Fulfilling Your Potential’ Talks Between DWP And Scottish Disability Organisations (21/02/12):
Scotland must have more resources if it is to deliver an independent future for disabled people. That’s what Scottish disability organisations will be telling the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) when they meet today in Edinburgh.
Scottish Government Must Get Rail Services On The Right Track For Disabled Passengers (21/02/12):
From EMPLOYABILITY IN SCOTLAND:
Spending Cuts: Mitigating Risks For Scotland’s Disadvantaged Communities (22/02/12):
Glasgow Caledonian University is engaged in a ‘Spending Cuts: Mitigating risks for Scotland’s disadvantaged communities’ research project commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S VOLUNTARY SECTOR NETWORK:
Women Making A Difference: Open Space Event:
[Glasgow] 28th March, 10am – 4pm, The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” M. Mead. Women in Glasgow have a powerful history of striving for equal rights and social and political status for themselves, their families and their communities. GWVSN invites you to our Open Space Event to discuss women and activism. This event will bring together women who are or have been involved in activism, women who are interested in activism and those who are just curious on how they can change the world! Come along have your say, share ideas for making changes, share experiences and skills and get inspired. This event is open to any woman living in Glasgow or working (paid or unpaid) for a third sector organisation in Glasgow. To register for this event please contact Lorna New at Wise Women on 0141 550 7557 or Lorna@wisewomen.org.uk Registration closing date is Tuesday 20th March 2012 Creche is available although you must book your place /s. Travel expenses will be provided. Transport can be provided for women with physical and/or sensory impairments
From CEMVO SCOTLAND:
Is It Possible To Work And Still Be Poor? Ethnicity and In–Work Poverty Research Workshop:
[Glasgow] 9th March, 9.45am – 1.1.5pm, CEMVO Scotland offices, 1st Floor, 95-107 Lancefield St, G3 8HZ. This action-orientated event will: Launch research commissioned by Joseph Rowntree Foundation to be undertaken in this area; Discuss factors which contribute to ethnic minority in work poverty, & possible routes out of poverty; Facilitate partnership working and capacity building in this area; Identify key issues to be explored in detail at future workshops/events. Speakers: Yvonne Strachan – Head of Equalities, Scottish Government; Mary Fee – Convener, Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee; Gina Netto – Heriot-Watt University; Jatin Haria, Director of CRER. Who should come? Local authorities, local economic partnerships, trade unions, large scale private and public sector employer representatives, Government agencies. Places are limited to allow for focused, in-depth discussion and to facilitate partnership working. To register your interest and book your place at this FREE research event, please contact: Liz Stewart or Surbjit Dhillon at CEMVO Scotland, Tel.: 0141 248 4830 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:
SRC’s Spirit Project Celebrates The Spirit Of Refugees In Scotland Through Photographs And Film:
From SCOTTISH HEALTH COUNCIL:
‘Opening Up ….. The Participation Toolkit’:
[Dunfermline] 22nd March, Carnegie Conference Centre. Did you miss out on the launch of our participation Toolkit in November 2010? Did you wish you could have taken part in more of the workshops at the event? If the answer is YES there is now an opportunity to catch up on what you missed! At our event you will be able to choose to learn about any two of the approaches below. Workshops will be led by experienced practitioners who have agreed to share their knowledge and expertise: Social Media; Talking Mats; Graphic Facilitation; User Panels; World Café; Digital Patient Stories. For further information and a booking for contact Suzanne Mack, Administrator, Scottish Health Council, Hayfield Clinic, Hayfield Rd, KIRKCALDY, Fife, KY2 5AD Tel 01592 200555 Fax 01592 644 422 Email email@example.com Book by Tuesday 6th March.
From SOCIALIST WORKER PARTY:
Raunch Culture… Old School Sexism… Tory Assault… Why We Won’t “Calm Down Dear”!
[Glasgow] 8th March, 7pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD. A Celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by Glasgow Socialist Workers Party. With speakers, discussion, spoken word, audio-visual and campaign stalls. Suggested ticket donation £3 but no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07900 566 877 More info at http://www.facebook.com/events/348009165219805/
From CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND:
Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing: Training:
[Edinburgh] 22nd March. Book before Monday 27 Feb for early bird discounts! This introductory workshop will provide an introduction to mental health and wellbeing when working with children and young people. It will allow participants the opportunity to gain knowledge, share experiences, discuss issues of common concern and compare and contrast models of practice.
From EDINBURGH & LOTHIANS REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL:
Seminar And Workshop: Empowering Equality In West Lothian Community Planning:
[Livingstone] 7th March. www.elrec.org.uk/documents/WEST_LOTHIAN_SEMINAR_07_March_2012.pdf
Seminar: Direct Approach – “Our Body, Our Rights”
14 March. Presenting the Views of Women and Girls Affected by Female Genital Mutilation Issues
Consultation Meeting: UKBA Consultation Meeting with Businesses and Restaurateurs on Immigration Procedures – (Postponed to April 2012):
Manifestos Meeting: Equality Local Government Election Manifestos Meeting:
Monday 19 March 2012
From MACKAY HANNAH:
Promoting Equality During Austerity:
[Edinburgh] 18th April
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
SHRC At The Gathering: Help Shape Scotland’s National Action Plan For Human Rights:
[Glasgow] 29 February, 2.30pm. SHRC Chair Professor Alan Miller and Commissioner Matt Smith OBE will host an audience event exploring the gaps which remain in human rights protection in Scotland, asking where Scotland can do better in realising its international obligations to respect, protect and fulfil rights, and debating what the priorities are from health to housing, access to justice, disability rights, policing and climate justice.
Inquiry Report – Regulation Of Care For Older People (20/02/12):
The Commission has commented on the Inquiry Report of the Health and Sport Committee into the Regulation of Care for Older People, and the Scottish Government’s response.
Submission – Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2011-2015 (17/02/12):
The Commission has contributed to the consultation on the development of Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2011-15.
From STREETLEVEL PHOTOWORKS:
Iseult Timmermans : End Of The Red Road:
[Glasgow] 1st March – 15th April, Foyer of Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD
From ABERDEEN WOMEN’S ALLIANCE:
AWA Invites You To Celebrate International Women’s Day: Come Dine With Us:
[Aberdeen] 8th March, 5pm – 5pm, Reach Out centre, St. Katherine’s Project, 5 Shoe Lane, off Queen St. African, Western, and Asian food. Your chance to meet women who are candidates for the local elections in May and to hear poetry by the recently published Shoe Lane Writers. Please call Aberdeen Women’s Alliance on 07504 634242 to confirm your attendance and let us know of any special requirements
From GLASGOW LIFE:
Call for Older People’s Groups! Sign Up Your Group For Workshops:
Are you part of an older people’s group that meets regularly? We are looking for groups to get involved in this exciting new project in which our professional dance teachers will work with your group at your pace. This project is for everyone, whether you’ve never danced before or done it all your life. We’d need your group to participate in six workshops between May and July 2012. If you are interested please request and fill in an expression of interest form from Emma at email@example.com or 07850158643. More About the Project: The project will end with a performance as part of Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival, w/c 23rd July 2012. Dancing Voices will be directed by choreographer Natasha Gilmore, and is in collaboration with the Southbank Centre in London, where a parallel dance and choir performance will take place also in July. Music direction for the project is from VoiceLab – an initiative run by the Southbank to celebrate all forms of vocal expression.
From OUTSIDE THE BOX:
Self Directed Support – What’s Next:
Outside the Box is launching two new projects with Scottish Government funding as part of a bigger programme to develop opportunities for people to use self-directed support:
Getting There: Learning what self-directed support will mean for user-led services:
We are supporting a network of user-led organisations that provide services to their members or other people. Together, we will be learning what self-directed support means for user-led organisations that provide services and getting ready for changes that will be coming in over the next few years: How do we support members to get the services they want?, What does it mean for a care provider if more of the income comes direct from individual people?, What can we learn from other people?. There is more information on our website: http://otbds.org/gettingthere
Over The Fence: Sharing Tips On How To Get The Support You Need:
We are also working with people who can benefit from social care. Social care is the service that helps people stay at home, or be more independent, for example. We will be working with groups across Scotland where people have recently started using care services, or are thinking about this. We want to hear how it feels for you and what sorts of information you would find helpful. We are looking for people’s stories of starting to get help to stay at home or be more independent. To get in touch or to find out more please go to: http://otbds.org/overthefence
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
Help Us To End Homophobia And Transphobia In Sport. Take The ‘Out For Sport’ Survey:
Out for Sport: Today the Equality Network are launching the most expansive research project to date on homophobia and transphobia in Scottish sport. Prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is bad for sport and damaging for society. With YOUR help we can change the face of sport in Scotland. Your views matter: The online survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will help us develop recommendations to ensure the full inclusion of LGBT people in Scottish sport.
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:
Voices Of Women In Rural Scotland Report For CSW:
This report has been produced ahead of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, held from Monday 27th February – Friday 9th March 2012. The SWC will be represented during the second week of this event and our report will be circulated to women from NGO’s from across the world. If you have any further questions regarding this document please do not hesitate to contact Lorna Kettles, Research Adviser, SWC, Blythswood House, 6th Floor, 200 West Regent St, Glasgow G2 4DQ. Telephone 0141 248 8186 Website: www.scottishwomensconvention.org
From CHILDREN 1ST:
Sideline Bad Behaviour Campaign Launched (20/02/12):
Children and young people say they are often subjected to intimidating and abusive behaviour from adults as they take part in sport, leading children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST reveals today (Monday 20 February).
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Commission Response To Government’s ‘Creating The Conditions For Integration’ Strategy (21/02/12):
Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “We welcome the government’s announcement of its strategy. The Commission’s role is to support the creation of a fairer Britain, in which everybody has the ability to participate and realise their full potential and we look forward to working with the government to implement this important work…. Read on at http://digbig.com/5bfpmr
EHRC Comment On Bideford Council Prayers Court Ruling (21/02/12):
In response to the ruling on prayers in Council meetings, a spokesperson for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “Many litigants attempt to use the important protections in the Human Rights Act inappropriately. We note that the human rights arguments in this case have been rejected by the judge. We think it unfortunate that a compromise couldn’t be reached on this matter, without resorting to legal action.”
From RUNNYMEDE TRUST:
Runnymede Comments On Government Integration Strategy (21/02/12):
In response to the publication of government’s integration strategy Runnymede Director Rob Berkeley has stated that “the Secretary of State appears to have completely misunderstood the problems we face in building a successful multi-ethnic society, and the solutions proposed as a result simply miss the point” He also called the strategy a “dangerous and ill-advised reversion to assimilationist policy”.
From HOME OFFICE:
Football Association Reveals Equality Plan (20/02/12):
The Football Association has launched a plan to promote equality in football
Home Secretary’s Statement On Border Security (20/02/12):
Home Secretary’s statement on border security and The Vine Review.
More Support For Male Victims Of Domestic Violence (17/02/12):
Funding to support male victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS
Secret Justice = Injustice (23/02/12):
Frances Webber assesses proposals in the coalition’s Justice and Security green paper to extend secret evidence regimes to any civil proceedings.
Response To G4S: 900 Asylum Seekers Face Eviction In Yorkshire (23/02/12):
Academics take issue with G4S’ defence of its treatment of asylum seekers.
New Helpline For Undocumented Migrants (23/02/12):
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has announced the launch of an advice line for undocumented migrants in London
From INCLUSION LONDON:
Information Paper On New Government Disability Strategy (20/02/12):
Inclusion London’s information paper describes and comments on ‘Fulfilling Potential’, the government’s discussion document calling on disabled paper to contribute to a new cross-government ‘disability strategy’.
From UK HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:
Michael Gove’s Full Letter On Homophobic Teaching Materials In Schools (22/02/12):
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
New Asylum Statistics Show Increase In Libyan And Syrian Nationals Seeking Safety Here (23/02/12):
Child Asylum Seekers Detained Unlawfully: Our Response (23/02/12):
Independent chief inspector’s report on Detained Fast Track: our response
From ABORTION RIGHTS:
‘Sex Selection’ Story Linked To Counselling Debate (23/02/12):
The Daily Telegraph has today published the results of an undercover investigation into the availability of abortion on the grounds of sex selection
Poorest Families ‘Priced Out’ Of Heating Homes By £450 Per Year (21/02/12):
Barnardo’s have just released a report called ‘Priced out’ which looks at how the poorest families are scrimping on heat by up to £450 per year as they are ‘priced out’ of keeping their homes warm.
Day Services Survey:
Day services are an important way for people with a learning disability to take part in activities, meet up with friends, learn new skills and build up their confidence. At the moment, lots of councils are trying to save money. This means that some day services are being closed or people can’t go to them as much. Mencap wants to know what is happening to day services in your local area and what this means for people with a learning disability. Please fill out this survey and tell us what is happening to your day service or the day service of the person you support. The more of us who share our stories, the stronger our voices become: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JLVM5HW
From UK HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:
Michael Gove’s Full Letter On Homophobic Teaching Materials In Schools (22/02/12):
Tell PETA Violence Against Women Is Never Okay:
PETA launched a new campaign encouraging people to go Vegan by promoting violence against women. Violence in any form is never okay.
From THE F-WORD:
Is It Any Surprise? (21/02/12):
On a day when it turns out that Boris Johnson, having been persuaded to give money to charity, announces, “It’s outrageous! I’ve been raped! I’ve been raped!”, and someone spots this sign in a front window in Leeds, it becomes clear how two men who filmed themselves raping an 11 year old girl get only 40 months in jail
From MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS NETWORK:
Why The Government Should Drop The Net Migration Target (23/02/12):
This morning’s migration quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that the net migration has remained fairly steady at the 250,000 mark in the 12 months up to June 2011.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
UK Migrants And The Private Rented Sector (20/02/12):
Exploring the needs and experiences of new migrants living in the private rented sector. New migrants are largely housed in private lettings and form an important subsector of the market, yet the issues that arise are little examined. This report for the Housing and Migration Network aims to fill this gap.
From EQUAL AND DIVERSE:
Anti-Gay Book In Faith Schools With Gove Support:
After a week which has seen much debate in this blog and elsewhere about the role of the Christian faith in modern Britain, the Education secretary, Michael Gove, has sparked a new controversy by saying that the Equality Act does not apply to the curriculum.
From OPEN DEMOCRACY:
Migrations: Reconstructing ‘Britishness’ In Art, Jenny Allsopp:
The Tate Britain exhibition, ‘Migrations: Journeys into British Art’ highlights migrants’ central role in the development of British art, as well as exploring tensions that arise from such mobility. Our cultural heritage owes much to the circulation of ideas and people, argues Jenny Allsopp
From 10 DOWNING STREET:
Government And Football Bodies Unite To Tackle Discrimination (22/02/12):
From PINK NEWS:
Downing Street Hosts Summit On Homophobia And Racism In Football (23/02/12):
FA Launches New Anti-Homophobia Initiative (21/02/12):
MPs Condemn Media Hunt For Trans Man Who Gave Birth (21/02/12):
Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas has tabled an Early Day Motion at Parliament condemning the media’s attempts to discover the identity of a transgender man who gave birth to a child.
THT Relaunches HIV Hardship Fund With Help From Elton John AIDS Foundation (21/02/12):
Tube Ads Tell Commuters: ‘Real Men Get Raped’ (20/02/12):
Equality Chief: Religious Are Not Above The Law (17/02/12):
The chair of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has said religions must defer to the public laws of the state. Trevor Phillips said the religious should leave their views “at the door of the temple” and be governed by public law when providing public services.
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS’ CONVENTION:
New Code Established To Safeguard Older People’s Dignity In Care
From THE GUARDIAN:
Funding Older People’s Care: There’s No ‘Sticking Plaster Solution’ (21/02/12):
Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK, is calling on the government to embrace radical proposals on paying for elderly care
From UK VISA BUREAU NEWS:
Home Office Announce UK Immigration Authorities Shakeup (21/02/12):
Home Secretary Theresa May announced last night that the UK immigration authority, the UKBA, would be split in two following reports of lax checks and poor management.
Universities Oppose UK Visa Changes (22/02/12):
Two educational institutions have spoken out over recently announced changes to UK visa opportunities for international students, claiming they will damage the UK’s appeal.
Statement On The Workfare Scheme And The Work Programme (20/02/12):
Mind firmly believes that being a volunteer should be exactly that: something you choose willingly to give up your time to do.
From ILGA EUROPE:
Shameful And Retrograde Decision From The City Council Of Balti In Moldova (23/02/12):
For Texting Without Looking, Researchers Adapt Braille (22/02/12):
From OPEN DEMOCRACY:
‘Gays, Gods And Governments’: Homophobia In Uganda, Rachael Crook (20/02/12):
From ALL OUT:
One Week To Stop Anti-Gay Censorship In Russia! :
We just heard the news: in less than a week Russian lawmakers are expected to pass a law that will silence millions by making it a crime to read, write or even discuss anything “gay.” Even worse, if this law passes in “liberal” St. Petersburg, the ruling party’s next step is to push this law nationwide. The Governor of St. Petersburg is our last chance to stop this bill: he has the power to veto it. So with your help, we’re going to hit him where it counts: in the City’s wallet. Saint Petersburg is one of Russia’s number one tourist destinations. That’s why an international storm of bad publicity will force the Governor to think twice about the cost of signing this bill. We have less than a week to act: add your name to this urgent call. Next week All Out members around the world are organizing flashmobs in front of Russian embassies and consulates – from New York to Buenos Aires, Paris to Delhi – where they will deliver your signature straight to the government’s doorstep: http://www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
Czech Republic Must Stop Caging Human Beings (22/02/12):
From DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION:
National Strategies: The Conversation Has Barely Begun (22/02/12):
A complete overhaul is needed for the National Roma Integration Strategies to live up to their promise, writes Bernard Rorke of the Open Society Roma Initiatives.
From EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS:
Inequalities And Multiple Discrimination In Healthcare (20/02/12):
A factsheet on FRA’s multiple discrimination project
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