Equality Updates 2nd March 2012

Contents:

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

International Women’s Day 8th March: Events listings on GWVSN website: http://digbig.com/5bfppd

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Summary Justice Reform: Undertakings Evaluation (01/03/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256339

Social Care (Self-directed Support) Bill: Equality Impact Assessment (01/03/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256312

Self-Directed Support Bill Published (01/03/12):
Legislation to mainstream new approach to social care.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256387

Offensive Behaviour Bill Comes Into Force (29/02/12):
New religious hatred legislation to tackle sectarianism.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256331

Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland, No.1: 2012 Edition (29/02/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256169

Population Projections (29/02/12):
Population of Scotland is projected to rise, but not at an even rate across the country.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256319

Counting The Cost Of Choice And Control: Evidence For The Costs Of Self-Directed Support In Scotland (28/02/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256232

Rolling Out Self-Directed Support (27/02/12):
Drive to give people more control of their care needs.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256101

Devolution Of Community Care Grants And Crisis Loans: Analysis Of Consultation Responses (27/02/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/256053

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Are You In Charge Of Your Care, Asks Committee? (01/03/12):
Scots receiving health and social care are among those being urged to make their views known to the Health and Sport Committee today as the committee launches its call for evidence on the Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/48022.aspx

Health And Sport Committee: 28 February 2012: 8th Meeting, 2012:
1. PIP silicone breast implants; 2. Proposed Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill (in private); 3. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill (in private): http://digbig.com/5bfqcy

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From VALUES INTO ACTION SCOTLAND:

Survey of Organisational Blue Badge Holders:
This survey seeks your assistance in enabling the Scottish Government to better understand how Organisational Blue Badges are used to facilitate access to different services for disabled persons. This survey forms part of wider research aimed at better understanding the use of the Blue Badge Scheme for disabled persons.  We want to gather information on how the Blue Badge Scheme impacts on the lives of holders and how it fits with other transport provision for disabled people. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and can be returned on line or by post to the address at the end of the survey. The closing date for completion of the survey is 20th March 2012
http://www.viascotland.org.uk/content/blue-badge-survey-organisations

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:

Scottish Women’s Aid Day School At Edinburgh University:
[Edinburgh] 17th March, 10.20am – 6.15pm. With workshops and discussion groups on a variety of topics- the beauty myth, men working to end violence against women, good sex and gender equality; we’re hoping this day will be an opportunity for students, activists and organisations to come together to hear, connect, and build a movement. In the afternoon we’ll also be hosting a networking event where you can chat to people working in a variety of fields including journalists, business managers, trainers, campaigners and lobbyists. To find out more and book your place go to: http://digbig.com/5bfqke or check out the blog at http://www.feministdayschool.wordpress.com  Tickets £5

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From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE:

Standing Together Against Homophobia:
NHSGGC has this month launched a campaign asking its staff, patients and members of the public to support the organisation to take a stand against homophobia. The campaign emphasises that it is all our responsibility to ensure that everyone who works for or uses the health service is treated fairly, and that homophobia is no different to, for example, racism or sexism in that regard. Central to the campaign are the Take a Stand web pages, where people can pledge support for the campaign, send in photographs of themselves with the campaign placard and access information on homophobia and how to tackle it. As part of these activities, a best practice guide to tackling homophobia has been produced.
http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=home_homophobia
http://digbig.com/5bfqdc (Best Practice Guide, pdf)

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From IRISS:

New Video Resource On Self-Directed Support:
IRISS has produced a series of videos featuring Pam Duncan, Policy Officer at Independent Living in Scotland, speaking about her experiences of care assistance, self-directed support and peer support in Scotland.
http://digbig.com/5bfqjq

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From WEST OF SCOTLAND LGBT FORUM:

The Tea Party:
[Glasgow] 9th March, 7.00 – 11.00, Saint Judes Hotel, 190 Bath St, G2 4HG. To mark the end of a very successful LGBT History Month, we’ve booked out Saint Jude’s boutique hotel for a luxury tea party to celebrate the transgender community in the West of Scotland, supported by the WoS LGBT Forum. This sumptuous celebration will be free, but ticketed – so book your place quickly! For one night only, we’ll have access to Saint Jude’s private tearoom, dancefloor and karaoke suite for a night of fun and festivity, with scrumptious mocktails in teapots and cake stands packed with delicious gourmet goodies; homemade scones, artisan cupcakes, fresh fruit tarts, rich chocolate brownies and dainty finger sandwiches. The Tea Party is a celebration of the transgender community, and friends, family and supporters are welcome. As Saint Jude’s operates a ‘Challenge 25’ policy, please bring ID with you if you wish to be served at the bar. Changing facilities will be provided. To book your ticket, go to http://wosteaparty.eventbrite.com/ (Four tickets per person; first come, first served.) If you have any questions or queries about this event, please contact Michael Richardson: michael.richardson@lgbtyouth.org.uk

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

EHRC Strategic Funding Event:
[Edinburgh] 20th March.  As the Commission’s strategic funding programme is coming to an end, we are inviting funding providers and equality and community development professionals to a FREE half day conference. This event will give us an opportunity to come together and consider what lessons can be learned from equality funding and how they can help provide positive models for the future? To book your place please email your name, organisation and any requirements you may have including communication support, access or dietary requirements to: scotlandcommunication@equalityhumanrights.com. Please RSVP by 6th March to ensure your requirements can be met. For further information or assistance with booking please contact us on the email address above or by calling 0141 228 5974 or 5920.

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From PROJECT ABILITY and C-CHANGE:

Unique Heritage Project Successfully Launched:
Project Ability and C-Change’s Heritage Lottery funded project ‘Remembering Lennox Castle Hospital’ launched on Friday 24 February and attracted a lot of ex-residents and staff. ‘Remembering Lennox Castle Hospital’ is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery to give ex-residents and staff an opportunity to tell their stories about life in the “Castle” in their own words. Read on at http://enf.org.uk/blog/?p=3134

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From EMPLOYABILITY & TACKLING POVERTY LEARNING NETWORK:

Report: The Price Of Motherhood – Women And Part-Time Work (28/02/12):
This report from the Resolution Foundation presents the results of a survey of part-time working women, conducted in partnership with online parenting organisation Netmums.
http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/womenandpart-timework.aspx

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From AGE SCOTLAND:

Older Population To Rise By Half Million In 25 Years (01/03/12):
New figures from the General Register Office for Scotland suggest that the number of people aged 75 and over will rise 82 per cent in the next 25 years.  There will be an additional half million people at and over State Pension Age, with more older people in every local authority area
http://digbig.com/5bfqkg

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From REFUGEE SURVIVAL TRUST (RST):

Destitution:
‘Destitution’ 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 was made for RST, a small Scottish charity by independent production company Show Them Pictures.  Voiceover by Scottish novelist and comedian A L Kennedy. RST supports destitute refugees and asylum seekers, and campaigns to improve the asylum system to prevent people being left destitute. http://www.rst.org.uk
http://vimeo.com/37518796

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From ONE PARENT FAMILIES SCOTLAND:

Lone Parents Not In Work:
If you are a lone parent please take part in our survey. Changes to the welfare system are having a major effect on many people including lone parents.  One Parents Families Scotland is interested in Lone Parents views on how these changes are affecting you and what issues need to be addressed to improve things. We will use the survey results to inform government and policy makers of lone parent’s views, so your input is vital. A report will also be posted on OPFS website. If you are a Lone Parent, please fill in this online survey to air your views on how the welfare system changes are affecting you and what sorts of issues need to be addressed.
http://www.opfs.org.uk/news/article/533

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From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Destitution Tally Kicks-Off Launch Of Glasgow-Wide Research (01/03/12):
Next week will see the start of a new piece of research into destitution, commissioned from the Scottish Poverty Information Unit by Scottish Refugee Council, Refugee Survival Trust and the Red Cross.  All are supporters of the Still Human Still Here Campaign.
http://digbig.com/5bfqjy

Scottish Daily Mail Apologises For Misleading Story About Legal Bids For Asylum Seekers (01/03/12):
A leading newspaper has been forced to apologise for a misleading story it printed about the legal bids of asylum seekers, after the Scottish Refugee Council complained to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
http://digbig.com/5bfqjx

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From SAMH:

Up To The Job?: SAMH Research Report On Experiences Of The Work Capability Assessment:
http://www.samh.org.uk/media/208563/up_to_the_job_samh_esa_report.pdf

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From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:

Mapping Memorials To Women In Scotland:
On 10 March 2012, Glasgow Women’s Library and Women’s History Scotland are launching a new website, to record memorials to women across Scotland. The site already contains over 75 records but the aim is to build on this base to create a comprehensive national database:
http://womenofscotland.org.uk

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From ZERO TOLERANCE:

Two Thirds Of Youth Workers Fear Young People Are Involved In Abusive Relationships:
Zero Tolerance and YWCA Scotland have today published a report of a training pilot, “Under Pressure: Preventing Teen Abuse and Exploitation” which found that youth workers across Scotland are seriously concerned about the prevalence of teen abuse in Scotland.
http://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/node/185

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From ST MUNGO MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS LIFE AND ART:

Working Songs From Around The World:
[Glasgow] 3rd march, 1 – 4pm, St Mungo Museum. Please join us for a celebration of working songs from all over the world, inspired by objects in the Curious exhibition. Come along to enjoy music from various cultures. You could also share traditional songs you know that encourage and accompany hard work. We are very lucky to be joined by musicians from Pan African Arts Scotland, Iranian musician Iman Namazian, singers from the Gaelic waulking song group, BANNAL and Lebanese musician Camille Nehme who will play Middle Eastern folk music including Dabkeh tunes and shepherding songs. This is an informal event and is open to everyone, feel free to take instruments and share a song of your own. There will be refreshments. http://digbig.com/5bfqcf

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From MARYHILL INTEGRATION NETWORK:

Hand In Hand: International Women’s Day Event:
[Glasgow] 8th March, 12 – 3pm, Maryhill Community Centre, 35 Avenuepark St, G20 8TS. MIN would like to invite you to ‘Hand in Hand’, our event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012. The afternoon will include a drama performance, fashion show, dance workshop, information stall, beauty therapies and a healthy lunch.
http://glasgowwomensnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/hand-in-hand/

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From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Major Report On Disability Rights Published (29/02/12):
The SHRC has welcomed the publication of a major report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights which highlights a number of significant human rights issues facing people with disabilities. The Report on the Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living draws attention to a number of significant human rights issues and includes a number of findings…
http://scottishhumanrights.com/news/latestnews/article/jchrnews2012

Call For Amendment To Health & Social Care Bill (27/02/12):
The Commission joins with UK partners to call for an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill.
http://digbig.com/5bfqby

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From PROJECT ABILITY:

The Highway Code:
[Glasgow] 1st March – 14th April, PA Gallery, Trongate 103. Admission: Free. In collaboration with artists from three Canadian organisations (the Garth Homer Society, The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and In-Definite Arts), Project Ability presents The Highway Code, an alternative Museum of Transport.
http://www.project-ability.co.uk/exhibitions/transportation/

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From TAKE ONE ACTION FILM FESTIVAL:

Bitter Seeds / UK Premiere Plus Director And Panel Discussions:
[Glasgow / Edinburgh] 7 March 6pm, Glasgow Film Theatre; 8 March 5.45pm, Edinburgh Filmhouse. Marking International Women’s Day, Bitter Seeds (Green Screen Winner, IDFA) offers an “affecting, character-driven portrait” (Variety) of Manjusha Amberwar, a young Indian who hopes to get her debut article published in the local paper. The story is about her father, one of many Indian cotton farmers who have committed suicide because of the pressures heaped on rural farmers by changing food systems. The impacts often affect women most, and Manjusha is determined to bring their story to light. But where do the real solutions lie? Screenings supported by Oxfam Scotland. Followed in Glasgow by discussion with director Micha Peled (skype permitting), and in Edinburgh with panelists Joanna Blythman (award-winning journalist and author of six landmark books on food issues) and Sarah Watson, Oxfam Scotland Campaigner. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch (BBC, Scotsman, Guardian)

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From SEE ME SCOTLAND:

‘See Me’ Launches ‘What’s On Your Mind?’:
New campaign aimed at 13-15 year olds. It consists of a short film and a teaching pack, developed to work in school and youth group settings. The pack includes 16 activities designed to bring the issues raised in the film to life, and encourage young people to talk about mental ill-health and stigma. One resource pack will be sent to every secondary school in Scotland, and is available to youth group leaders. The entire resource pack is now also available on the ‘ What’s On Your Mind?’ website: http://www.seemescotland.org/whatsonyourmind/

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From EQUALITY NETWORK:

Survey On How Capacity Building Organisations Work With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender People:
The Equality Network is conducting a piece of Capacity Building Research on how capacity building organisations work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. This survey will allow the EN and Scottish Government to gain a better picture of the community development and capacity building for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Scotland. The survey isn’t long and should only take around 20 minutes of your time: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBTCapacitybuilding

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:

Conference On Women And Their Vote:
[Glasgow] 5th April, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Menzies Hotel, 27 Washington St G3 8AZ. This lively and interactive event will look at issues around the difference voting can make to the lives of women.  A manifesto will also be launched, reflecting the key issues for women in advance of the Local Government elections in May. Invited speakers will ensure an interesting and informative evening. A light buffet and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend please email info@scottishwomensconvention.org or telephone 0141 248 8186.

Commission On The Status Of Women (CSW) 2012: ‘Empowering Rural Women’:
[New York] 27th February – 9th March. The priority theme for this year’s annual event at the UN in New York is ‘Empowering Rural Women’.  The SWC will be attending from 5th – 7th March.  As part of the preparations for attending the event, the SWC produced a report which will provide international women with a perspective of rural life for women in Scotland. A copy of this report is available on our website http://www.scottishwomensconvention.org/what-we-do2.asp?ct_id=95

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From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:

Help wanted to document our Artists and Writers Programme:
To mark GWL’s 20th anniversary we have commissioned twenty of Scotland’s foremost women printmakers and artists and twenty writers to make new work inspired by our unique collections. We are looking for volunteers to help us document the artists’ and writers’ involvement, as well as with oral history recordings, and to share their skills with less experienced volunteers. If you have professional photographic experience (either stills or video) and/or experience of capturing audio for oral history and synching with video, we would love to hear from you:
http://womenslibrary.org.uk/2012/02/29/artists-and-writers-programme/

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From SHAWLANDS ACADEMY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION:

Shawlands Mela:
[Glasgow] 17th March, 10am – 3pm. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mqiuk/6887286025/

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Response To Joint Committee On Human Rights’ Independent Living Report (01/03/12):
Commission response to Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report “Implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living”
http://digbig.com/5bfqkf

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From GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE:

Age Discrimination In The Provision Of Services And Public Functions (27/02/12):
The Government has decided to delay a decision on implementation of its proposed ban on age discrimination in the provision of services, which it had envisaged bringing into force in April 2012. This means that any ban is unlikely to come into effect before October 2012. Ministers are still considering the scope for and content of any exceptions from the ban, in the light of responses to the consultation in 2011.  The Government considers it preferable to take a little more time both to get the decision right and to give businesses and others affected more time to prepare and adjust as necessary. We will set out a way forward in due course.

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From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:

Statement From The Minister For Employment Chris Grayling On The Work Experience Scheme (29/02/12):
“Following a productive meeting with employers I am delighted that we have pledges from some of the UK’s top companies to take part in the scheme. The likes of Airbus, Centre Parcs and HP Enterprise Services will join in Voluntary Work Experience helping our young unemployed people get their first vital step into employment.
http://digbig.com/5bfqgs

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From HOME OFFICE:

Body Confidence On United Nations Agenda (01/02/12):
World-first United Nations event into the portrayal of women in the media
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/UN-body-image

New Border Force Begins Work (01/03/12):
The Border Force and the UK Border Agency will begin operating separately
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/border-force

Lynne Featherstone Speech On The Empowerment Of Rural Women (29/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhf

Lynne Featherstone Speech On Forced Marriage (29/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhg

Automatic Settlement For Unskilled Workers To End (29/02/12):
Migrant workers coming to the UK on temporary work visas will no longer be able to settle in the UK purely because of the amount of time they have spent here.
http://digbig.com/5bfqhc

Attracting The Brightest And Best Migrant Workers (29/02/12):
Tougher rules for migrant workers on temporary work visas
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/settlement

Illegal Workers And Benefit Abusers Targeted (27/02/12):
New powers will make it harder for foreign nationals to work illegally
http://digbig.com/5bfqhd

UN Summit To Discuss Body Image In Media (27/09/12):
Actress Geena Davis teams up with Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone to challenge image of women in media
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/UN-summit

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From BEVAN FOUNDATION:

The Politics Of Ageing (22/02/12):
Paul Goodman’s tongue-in-cheek piece aiming to show how Labour could win every UK election from now until 2024 made me think. One of its arguments was that big demographic changes – immigration, votes in Scotland and voter distribution – would count against the Conservatives.
http://thisismytruth.org/government-politics/the-politics-of-ageing/

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From THIRD SECTOR:

Disability Organisation’s Proposed Pay Cuts ‘Unacceptable’, Says Unison (01/03/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqjp

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From UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY:

Understanding Society: Findings 2012 Now Available:
Understanding Society: Findings 2012 is the second volume of findings from the survey and includes research that makes use of the full Wave 1 and, in some cases, of data from Wave 2. Including some of the first longitudinal research to make use of the very latest data, and with a number of articles analysing the unique ethnic minority boost sample, Findings 2012 goes even further in showcasing the scope and value of this world-class study.
http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/findings/findings-2012

Young People Face Double Penalty In A Slow Job Market (29/02/12):
The latest official unemployment figures show that unemployment among young people has soared to 22.3 per cent, higher than the recession of the 1990s, while the overall unemployment rate is nine per cent
http://digbig.com/5bfqce

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From TUC:

EHRC Cuts Could Create “Advice Deserts” For Victims Of Discrimination The TUC has written to the Home Secretary to warn that sharp cutbacks to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – resulting in fewer staff, reduced grants for charities and voluntary groups providing discrimination advice and casework, as well as the closure of its specialised helpline and regional offices.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-20688-f0.cfm

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From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS

Platform For Prejudice (01/03/12):
A recent TV programme on the English Defence League (EDL), created around an extremely problematic and dangerous framework, has won new recruits to the EDL.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/march/bj000006.html

Whitening Community Cohesion? (01/03/12):
A controversial report from a cohesion think-tank suggests it is time the white working class was given a hearing.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/march/bj000005.html

Community Wrecker Of The Year Award (28/02/12):
Tony Ball, leader of Basildon council, was nominated for two very different awards for his role in the eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/february/re000023.html

A Lost Opportunity For Survival: The Death Of Reece Staples (01/03/12):
A solicitor at Harrison Bundey in Leeds explains how, had police officers taken a young black man, who had swallowed packets of drugs, straight to hospital, he might still be alive.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/march/bj000007.html

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From DEMOS:

Forced Marriage Can Be Stopped Once And For All:
Demos is working on a project looking at how a cross-border strategy can tackle the practice of forced marriage in the UK.
http://www.demos.co.uk/projects/endingforcedmarriage

Is Populism The Future Of European Politics?:
Last week we released the latest in our series of country-specific reports on the growth of parties on the far-right. This is part of a major project analysing the views of over 10,000 populist party supporters throughout Europe.
http://www.demos.co.uk/projects/populismineurope

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From STONEWALL:

Theresa May To Give Keynote Speech At Stonewall Workplace Conference 2012 (27/02/12):
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/7364.asp

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From PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:

Tackling Broken Britain: Building a Stronger Society:
[Manchester] 22nd May 2012, Manchester Conference Centre
http://digbig.com/5bfqgp

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From REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Child Refugees Being Forced Into Destitution, Report Shows: Refugee Council Response (28/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqjw

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From UNITE AGAINST FASCISM:

Irresponsible C4 Programme Gives Boost To EDL (28/02/12):
Channel 4′s Proud and Prejudiced documentary, shown on Monday 27 February, was an irresponsible piece of programme0-making that has handed a boost to the English Defence League, UAF believes.
http://digbig.com/5bfqjt

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From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:

WRC To Offer Women’s Organisations In London Free Digital Media & Influencing Training (27/02/12):
http://www.wrc.org.uk/news/default.aspx

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From MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS NETWORK:

Government Confirms New Tough Rules On Settlement And Domestic Workers (01/03/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqka

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From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:

Could Welfare Reforms Create A New Class Divide? (28/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhh

The Right To Take Risks: Service Users’ Views Of Risk In Adult Social Care (28/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhj

Updated Review Of Research On Risk And Adult Social Care In England (28/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhk

Regulation And Enforcement To Tackle Forced Labour In The UK: A Systematic Response? (27/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhm

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From PINK NEWS:

Trans Charity Reports Papers To Leveson On ‘Child Safety Concerns’ (01/03/12):
The Leveson Inquiry has received a charity’s submission regarding several articles about trans people published in recent weeks which it is says ‘deliberately misrepresented’ the realities of gender dysphoria
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/_AqKxscel3I/

Ann Widdecombe Calls For Gay Marriage Referendum (29/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/wZsP4DxW4z0/

Debate On Anti-Gay Texts In Schools Reaches Lords (29/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/OEeiRHr45Uc/

Humanists Blast ‘Ridiculous’ MP Report On Faith And Gay Equality (29/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/OEeiRHr45Uc/

Archbishop Of Canterbury: Changing Culture With Gay Marriage Laws Would Be Wrong (29/02/12):
Dr Williams told an audience in Geneva that laws should restrict discrimination against gays and other minorities but should not be used to actively ‘promote change’ within a culture on issues like marriage.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/TojI0KC6bOg/

MPs’ Report On ‘Undue Limitation Of Christian Belief’ Questioned (28/02/12):
An MP-led report by the new Christians in Parliament group which recommends ‘reasonable accommodations’ from equality legislation to lift the ‘undue limitation of belief’ it says is experienced by religious people in public life has been cautiously questioned.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/Uk1mZgeVk98/

FA Charges Three On Alleged Anti-Gay Twitter Comments (28/02/12):
Three footballers have been charged by the FA over homophobic comments allegedly posted on Twitter.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/OzqstsSOhuY/

Free HIV Treatment For Foreign Nationals In England Welcomed (28/02/12):
A move to allow some overseas visitors in Enland to receive free treatment for HIV in the same way as other communicable infections has been welcomed.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/3xs_2UgOn6o/

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From TAEN – THE AGE AND EMPLOYMENT NETWORK:

Ban On Age Discrimination In The Provision Of Services Delayed (24/02/12):
http://taen.org.uk/news/view/1101

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From MIND:

The Importance Of Volunteering (01/03/12):
Tracey blogs about the difference volunteers at her local Mind have made. And why they inspired her to become one.
http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/6467_the_importance_of_volunteering

Mind Welcomes Health Bill Amendment Which Protects Vital Aftercare For People Who Have Been Sectioned (01/03/12):
The amendment will make sure that people returning to the community after a stay in psychiatric hospital receive the support from health and social care services they need.
http://digbig.com/5bfqhn

Peers Set To Debate Crucial Amendment To Health And Social Care Bill (28/02/12):
The House of Lords will debate on Wednesday. And we need your help to protect the care you get once you are discharged from a section.
http://digbig.com/5bfqhp

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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From OPEN DEMOCRACY:

Uncertainty For The Future Of The Moroccan Women’s Movement, Heidi Basch-Harod (01/03/12):
For the past twenty years Moroccan women, from the liberal camp to the Islamist, have campaigned for equal rights for women. Their struggle has borne many triumphs and is gradually beginning to change the lives of women throughout the country. But how will they face the new challenges presented by Morocco’s first Islamist-majority government?
http://digbig.com/5bfqjr

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From PINK NEWS:

Protesters Urge St Petersburg Not To Enact Anti-Gay Law (29/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/49meNOmBmdU/

St Petersburg Passes ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law (29/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/-7cyNwjz8nk/

Embassy Protests Today Ahead Of Final St Petersburg ‘Gay Propaganda’ Vote (28/02/12):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/bNePL7_zBpQ/

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From ILGA EUROPE:

ILGA-Europe’s Statement On St Petersburg’s ‘Propaganda’ Law Adopted Today (29/02/12):
Today St. Petersburg’s law-makers adopted – in the third and final reading – the shameful law on prohibition of so-called propaganda of ‘sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and paedophilia to minors’. Read the statement from ILGA-Europe here.
http://digbig.com/5bfqkb

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From EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY:

10 Days Of Action For HER Future:
While women’s organisations across Europe prepare for International Women’s Day 2012, the EWL contributes to the celebrations in Brussels by launching 10 Days of Action for women’s rights in Europe. During the 10 days, the EWL takes action for HER Future and invites you to be part of it, too! The aim of the EWL 10 Days of Action is to shed light on the inequalities that women of all ages and backgrounds face in Europe and make concrete proposals to make equality between women and men a reality in today’s challenging times. We believe that every girl and woman deserves nothing less!
http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article3157&lang=en

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From OSOCIO:

Project Unbreakable:
Project Unbreakable is a photography project, initiated by 19-year old Grace Brown, that gives rape and sexual abuse survivors a voice by repeating the last thing their abuser said to them.
http://osocio.org/message/project_unbreakable/

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From INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN ASSOCIATION:

UN To Iran: There Are No Excuses For Denying LGBT People Their Human Rights (29/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqhe

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From RACIALICOUS:

Excerpt: The Feminist Wire On The Erasing Of Black LGBT Hate Crime Victims (29/02/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfqjs

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From EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:

Upcoming Intergroup Event: Putting Equality In The Multiannual Financial Framework:
Next week the Intergroup will co-host a seminar on the Rights and Citizenship Programme recently proposed by the European Commission. This is the ‘equality chapter’ of the European Union’s 7-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework.
http://digbig.com/5bfqkc

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From DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION:

Stand Up And Be Counted (28/02/12):
As long as Roma communities are drastically under-counted they will remain drastically underfunded, writes Ky Krauthamer in this Transitions Online blog post on the problem of establishing reliable facts
http://www.romadecade.org/22664

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