Equality Updates 8th March 2012
+ 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
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Reprieve For Women’s Resource Centre (08/03/12):
First Minister Alex Salmond has marked International Women’s Day by announcing a £600,000 reprieve for a professional women’s centre whose funding had been removed by the UK Government.
Getting It Right For Children And Families (08/03/12):
This leaflet describes the policies and work of the Children and Families directorate.
Food And Drink In Scotland: Key Facts 2012 (07/03/12):
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:
Equal Opportunities Committee: 6 March 2012: 4th Meeting, 2012:
Includes: European scrutiny: The Committee will appoint a member as its European Union reporter and consider engagement and scrutiny priorities relating to the European Commission Work Programme; Access to transport: The Committee will consider recent correspondence from the Mobility and Access Committee Scotland; Remodelling the parliamentary week: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Presiding Officer and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee; Human trafficking: The Committee will consider its approach to its round-table evidence session on 20 March, following the parliamentary debate on 29 February; Having and Keeping a Home: steps to preventing homelessness among young people (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to oral evidence. Proposed future business: The Committee’s next meeting is a round-table session on human trafficking on 20 March 2012.
Spotlight On Education And Lifelong Learning At International Women’s Day (08/03/12):
Women from across Scotland will gather together at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the importance of education and lifelong learning
From SCOTTISH TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE:
From THE HERALD:
Gay Patients And Staff Have Been Abused In NHS Hospitals … Now They Are Standing Up To Homophobia (04/03/12):
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL ON DEAFNESS:
Self Directed Support (SDS) In BSL:
In 2009 we were asked by the Scottish Government to produce a deaf-friendly guide to Self Directed Support (SDS). This guide is available to view online in BSL, at our microsite: http://www.scod.org.uk/sds/ Bulk copies were distributed throughout our networks at the time of publication but there are a few copies left which are available on a first come, first served basis. DVDs are available for collection from the SCoD office. Reserve your copy now: email@example.com
New Funding To Make SDS Accessible: Making Self Directed Support (SDS) Accessible:
As the SDS Bill is laid before the Scottish Parliament a consortium of specialist agencies plan to lead the way in making self directed support accessible to all people who have sensory needs. The consortia comprise of Deaf Action, Fife Society for the Blind, Deafblind Scotland, SASLI and Deaf Connections – all working together to ensure maximum impact. Read more at:
From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:
SCIF Older Peoples’ Networking Exchange- Service Not Services:
[Glasgow] 28th March, 2 – 4pm. SCIF is hosting an afternoon networking exchange open to anyone with an enduring interest in creating something different with older people! This will be an afternoon where folk can meet, exchange, create new partnerships and take forward ideas. Encouraging collaboration beyond discussion about the negatives and challenges and instead look towards the creation of service (not services) with older people. If you would be interested in attending please register your interest and we will be back in touch to confirm venue. To register for this event: http://www.socialcareideasfactory.com/calendar/event.php?eventID=72
Please note there will be a small charge to cover costs of venue & refreshments.
[Glasgow] 10th April. Scotland’s first inclusive night club for people with learning disabilities, though open to everyone. First club night of its kind in Scotland. Organised by dates-n-mates & C-Change with The Arches
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION and VOX SCOTLAND:
Being Part Of Scotland’s Story Under The Disability Convention: What The Convention Means For Mental Health?:
[Edinburgh] 28 March, Registration from 10.30am, start 11am, closes by 3pm. Lunch and refreshments provided. The seminar will give participants an opportunity to discuss what the United Nations (UN) Disability Convention means for people with lived experiences of a mental health problem. The day will begin with an introduction to the Convention; the rights it promotes and protects, the role of Governments and the Commissions and the central importance of disabled people in making sure the right action is taken to implement the Convention. There will also be roundtable discussions about the issues facing people with lived experiences of a mental health problem, the various ways the Convention can be used to help address these issues and how we can overcome any barriers to achieving full realisation of the rights set out in the Convention. This event is for people with lived experiences of a mental health problem. If you are unsure whether this would be helpful to you please contact us to discuss. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Please book by emailing your name, organisation and any requirements you may have including communication support, access or dietary requirements to John Steel by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure your requirements can be met, please book by 16th March. Please also give details of any travel expenses (including taxi costs) that you may require. These will be paid on the day of the event. For further information or assistance with booking please contact us on the e-mail address above or by calling John on 0141 572 1663.
Gerry Hassan: Small Moves Can Address The Biggest Issues (03/03/12):
Scotland stands on the brink of new future where the legacy of racism and bigotry can be acknowledged and even eradicated
From DISABILITY RIGHTS UK:
From Pillar To Post: Citizens Advice Scotland Report (24/02/12):
This report examines the impact of the IB/ESA migration on the 170,000 claimants who are to be reassessed in Scotland and the wider impact this will have on advice services, labour markets, and the economy.
From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:
Warning Over Austerity’s Multiple Impacts:
New research from Glasgow Caledonian University and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warns of the aggregated impact of spending cuts and welfare reform on vulnerable individuals, arguing that local authorities are best placed to mitigate the risk of social harm caused by the impact of austerity measures: http://digbig.com/5bfrdk
Mitigating Risks for Scotland’s Communities: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/mrsc/progressandoutcomes/projectreports/
SEMSA Annual Games:
[Glasgow] The SEMSA Annual Games are now fast approaching. The games are family orientated encouraging families of abilities to come down and participate in healthy competition. This year’s games include:
Badminton Tournament: 11th & 18th March, 6pm – 8pm, Scotstoun Leisure Centre
5k & 10K (face painting, bouncy castle, awaz fm roadshow): 18th March, 9am – 1pm, Lochinch (Pollok Park)
Women Only Day (5 a-side football, Zumba & cricket taster): 31st March, 10am – 4pm, Kelvinhall International Sports arean
For further information please contact Harbi Kaur on: Email: email@example.com Tel: 0141 287 3754 Mobile: 07533772468
Become a member of BEMIS and become an important part in the work we do and an essential partner of the voice that BEMIS endeavours to empower for all the ethnic minority communities in Scotland. Membership fees are graded to the type of membership and income. The different types of membership are explained in the membership form http://bemis.org.uk/Bemis_Membership_Form.pdf Please note that the next Annual General Meeting will be held in April and we would welcome you joining us in time to be represented there. If you would like a membership form posted out to you, or should you require any further information or assistance with regard to your membership please do not hesitate to contact myself, Rami Ousta, Chief Executive Officer, or our Office Manager Sue Barnes on 0141 548 8047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org BEMIS – Empowering Scotland’s Ethnic and Cultural Minority Communities, 3rd Floor, Centrum Building, 38 Queen St, Glasgow G1 3DX email@example.com 0141 548 8047 http://www.bemis.org.uk
Exploring Ameliorative Responses To The Challenges Facing Disadvantaged Communities In The Recession:
(Dundee) 22 March, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Discovery Point, Dundee. This participative and free SURF event will present some key messages and examples of successful initiatives developed in response to recession-based policy decisions in two case study areas – east Govan in Glasgow and the Gallatown neighbourhood in Kirkcaldy.
Deaf Awareness Event:
[Glasgow] 27th March, Langside Hall, 5 Langside Ave, Shawlands Glasgow G41 2QR, 9.30 – 12.30pm. A new initiative to encourage more employees to take up Deaf Awareness is now available in Glasgow. Signs4Life have set up an introductory workshop in Deaf Awareness to help staff to communicate and engage with their deaf & hard of hearing colleagues, service users, students and clients in Glasgow. This local initiative is to help identify barriers that deaf people face and explore their culture and community but also to encourage inclusion of all people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities in Glasgow. Attendance is strictly by booking only (limited places). For further information please contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org
From SCOTTISH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:
Commonwealth Games Legacy For Communities Programme:
As part of the Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme, the Scottish Government has commissioned SCDC to work with community organisations across Scotland to support them to use the Games as a catalyst for building on their work to develop activities and projects that involve local people, increase local community action and support the achievement of better health and social outcomes. Working with local Legacy Leads and partner agencies, SCDC is supporting community organisations to involve people in local conversations on what they would like to see as a legacy for their own communities, and to engage better at a strategic level in order to get their message across. SCDC is currently working with 12 localities and communities of interest across 6 local authorities in Scotland, adding value to community activity already happening in these areas by: supporting local groups and partnerships to demonstrate the contribution of existing activity to local and national outcomes; increasing the profile of local organisations’ activities through a local Games Legacy event and media strategy; supporting local groups and partnerships to make stronger links with local strategic decision makers, by showcasing their work through the Games Legacy programme; and supporting the creation or development of local partnerships. SCDC is now inviting expressions of interest for the second tranche of the programme. A limited number of places are available for support in this second tranche, however we welcome expressions of interest from community groups, Legacy Leads and local partnerships around how the programme could support your activity. A briefing document and expression of interest form can be downloaded from http://www.scdc.org.uk/commonwealth-games-involving-communities/ The briefing document gives you more information on the purpose of the programme and the intended benefits. The EOI should be completed if you or a group you are working with would like to be considered for the second tranche of the programme. The deadline date for completing expressions of interest for the second tranche of activity is Friday 6th April. If you or any of the groups you are working with are intending taking forward an area of activity the programme can assist you with, I would be grateful if you would let us know by completing an EOI so that we can assess which areas will go forward in the second phase of activity. For more information contact Andrew Paterson email@example.com or Olivia Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org
From EMPLOYABILITY & TACKLING POVERTY LEARNING NETWORK:
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Regulation Of Care For Older People Scottish Parliament Debate (06/03/12):
Briefing sent to Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of debate.
From SHAKTI WOMEN’S AID:
Shakti IWD Exhibition Film 2011:
This short film was made using the theme of ‘Doors’, ones that keep us safe and ones that prevent us from being safe.
From PROPHET SCOTLAND:
Stand Up For Justice: Screening Of Gnarr & Panel Discussion:
[Glasgow] 10th March, 1 – 4pm, Centre for Contemporary Art, Free but ticketed 0141 352 4900. ‘Gnarr’ is the story of how Iceland’s favourite stand up comedian ended up becoming Mayor of Reykjavik City Council. Screening Of Gnarr & Panel Discussion: Plus information on what it takes to be a local government councillor in Scotland. We want people to vote in May for the Glasgow City council elections. If there is no one you want to vote for, we want to encourage you to ask someone you trust to stand. We are showing the film ‘Gnarr’ as an inspiration of what is possible in politics when people have had enough of the status quo and stand up for justice. https://www.facebook.com/CommunitarianMovement Know any popular, local, people who could get 1,500 folk to vote for them on May 3rd: everything is possible
From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:
Still We Rise Choir:
Still We Rise choir is a Glasgow-based singing group open to all women but particularly to survivors of violence, family, friends & supporters, meeting monthly to sing songs by, for & about women, celebrating our ability to survive and thrive. No previous singing experience necessary, Starting Tuesday 6th March 18.30 – 20.30 email: email@example.com for more info
Meet Us On The Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week
18th – 24th March
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Commission Publishes Human Rights Review (05/03/12):
The Commission today publishes a landmark review of how well public authorities deliver human rights protection and promotion in England and Wales. It is the second report in the ‘How Fair is Britain?’ series.
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”
From DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER:
Teenagers Asked: “Would You See Rape?” As Ad Campaign Goes Live (05/03/12):
From END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN COALITION:
Department For Education Cannot Rely On Facebook To Tell Schools About Sexual Violence Campaign (05/03/12):
Why aren’t we talking to schools directly about children’s safety? – Women’s organisations ask
Women’s Groups Applaud UK Decision To Sign Up To European Women Treaty (08/03/12):
Experts and charities welcome UK Government commitment to signing European Convention on Violence Against Women.
From PINK NEWS (UK):
Francis Maude: Tories Must Back Equal Marriage Or Risk Becoming ‘Unelectable’ (07/03/12):
Reform Judaism Backs Gay Marriage (07/03/12):
The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
TUC: Some Texts ‘Almost Impossible’ To Teach Without Gay Discrimination (05/03/12):
The TUC has called on the government to issue clearer guidance on anti-gay texts in schools, saying there are some materials which it may not be possible to teach without disadvantaging gay students.
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Refugee Council And Law Centres Federation Call For Rethink Of Legal Aid Cuts To Ensure Separated Children Can Access Legal Advice (07/03/12):
Call For Women Seeking Asylum To Be Protected From Violence On International Women’s Day (08/03/12):
From UK VISA BUREAU:
Minister Vows To Combat UK Immigration Addiction (06/03/12):
Immigration Minister Damian Green has claimed the country has become ‘addicted’ to hiring foreign workers and his new UK immigration policies are intended to combat this.
From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:
Sayce Review Response: Government To Support Thousands More Disabled People Into Mainstream Employment (07/03/12):
Today the Government announces that disability employment services should be focused on disabled people themselves, rather than institutions, so they can access mainstream jobs the same as everyone else
From INSTIUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Chronic Destitution Among Young Migrants And Refugees (08/03/12):
The Children’s Society has recently published a report on levels of destitution and poverty among asylum-seeking and migrant youth.
First They Came For The Asylum Seeker … (08/03/12):
Asylum seekers were the guinea pigs for all kinds of brutal and unacceptable policies that are now beginning to be applied more widely.
Response To Francis Maude Comments On BME Voters (08/03/12):
Following a speech given by Francis Maude which highlighted that BME voters do not see the Conservative Party as their “natural home”, our director Dr Rob Berkeley has called on the government to introduce concrete policies to tackle race equality and racism “if these comments are to be interpreted as anything more than rhetoric”.
Happy International Women’s Day:
Much has been achieved, but we face new and dangerous challenges. On International Women’s Day 2012, the Fawcett Society has warned that the UK is at a tipping point for women’s rights. The charity has also unveiled new research by Ipsos MORI: ‘Who has that? Women’s perceptions of equality in the 21st century.’
From MIGRANTS RIGHTS’ NETWORK:
International Women’s Day – Reasons To Celebrate And Worry (08/03/12):
From HOME OFFICE:
Speak Out On International Women’s Day (08/03/12):
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone urges women to speak out
New Offences Of Stalking Announced (08/03/12):
New criminal offences of stalking will be introduced in England and Wales
Police Pilot ‘Right To Ask’ About Domestic Violence (05/03/12):
Women will have the right to ask about a partner’s domestic violence history
Tightening The Law On Sex Offenders (05/03/12):
Sex offenders are to face tighter controls, the home office announced today, as the government set out plans to close loopholes identified with the operation of the sex offenders? register.
Police Given New Guidance To Disclose A History Of Violence (05/03/12):
Four police forces will pilot a new domestic violence disclosure scheme, the home secretary announced today.
From EQUALITY COMMISSION OF NORTHERN IRELAND:
Challenge Of Childcare And Employment (07/03/12):
“Childcare is still seen as a problem for women rather than a challenge for society as a whole,” Anne McKernan, Director of Casework at the Equality Commission, said in a statement issued to mark International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2012).
The Government’s Welfare Reform Act Must Consider The Most Disadvantaged Families (02/03/12):
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Who’s Inspiring You This International Women’s Day? (08/03/12):
The Right To Take Risks: Service Users’ Views Of Risk In Adult Social Care:
Do people who use adult social care services want to be able to take risks?
Updated Review Of The Research On Risk And Adult Social Care In England
This paper updates an earlier extensive review of research into the incidence and management of risk in adult social care in England, and addresses gaps identified in the earlier review
Could Welfare Reforms Create A New Class Divide?:
Blog post by the Director of JRHT, John Hocking.
Regulations And Enforcement To Tackle Forced Labour In The UK: A Systematic Response?:
How can we improve regulation and enforcement to tackle forced labour?
From DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
Grant Shapps: New £5m ‘Payment By Results’ Deal To Get Rough Sleepers Off London’s Streets (07/03/12):
An innovative new ‘payment by results’ scheme to help London’s persistent rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes was launched today by Housing Minister Grant Shapps and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
From ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:
Does Your Mother Know? (05/03/12):
Do your parents know where you are at night? According to 36 per cent of 15 year old boys and nearly a quarter of 15 year old girls the answer to that question, at least once a month, is no.
Is The Government Anti-Women? (06/03/12):
It was hardly a revelation last week when the Office for National Statistics confirmed that the number of people employed in the public sector in the region had fallen by over five per cent in the last year.
Sexist Remarks And Wolf-Whistles Could Become Criminal Offences (08/03/12):
PM to announce today that UK will sign up to Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women, which could mean criminalising unwanted verbal conduct
Calm Down, Dears? Why It’s A Bad Time To Be A British Woman (07/03/12):
… This marks the first era in living memory that British women’s freedoms have gone into reverse, as women pay the heaviest price for government policies.
Gay Marriage: Noisy Bishops Are Not Always Wrong | Michael White (05/03/12):
As Rowan Williams warns in more subtle terms than Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the law cannot be used to push cultural change
Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s Gay Marriage Comments Decried As Scaremongering (04/03/12):
Marriage Equality And The Civil Rights Inheritance | Gary Younge (24/02/12):
On the face of it, mixed-race and same-sex marriage rights are quite different. But look at who’s lined up in opposition and why
The Problems At Remploy (07/03/12):
I blogged in June 2011 regarding the eminently sensible Liz Sayce review. It was hard to disagree with her conclusions ….
The Value Of Everything (06/03/12):
A piece of legislation passed quietly through the Lords in the past week, as people’s attention was focused elsewhere, on the welfare reform and health and social care bills. Chris White MP’s private member’s bill – the Public Services (Social Value) Bill – is now set to become law by the summer after it was ratified by the Lords without so much as a quibble. The Bill requires local authorities, government departments, NHS bodies and other public commissioning authorities to ‘consider how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area.’…
From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:
Localism: Giving Communities More Control Over Their Local Areas:
[London] 20th March. An event to explain to members the implications of Localism and associated opportunities for women’s organisations. As part of this we will also explain how you can engage with the localism/Big Society agenda and different programmes of work under this. It will also be a chance to produce a local action plan and develop ideas for what you can do locally to hold public bodies to account. To find out more about the event and to register to attend: http://www.wrc.org.uk/training_events/localism_act_training.aspx
Public Sector Equality Duty:
WRC is preparing a template letter and briefing on this topic to support organisations to engage with public bodies in their local area. We are also hosting an event on the Public Sector Equality Duty on 28th March 2012 to make members aware of public bodies’ legal obligations to promote equality and to help you hold them to account. The event will provide up to date information on the duties under the Equality Act and what it means for women’s organisations. To find out more about the event and to register to attend please see http://digbig.com/5bfrjj
From OPEN DEMOCRACY:
Contraception: The New American Soap Opera, Ruth Rosen (07/03/12):
Faith: Know Thy Place, Rahila Gupta (07/03/12):
The Feminisation Of Poverty And The Myth Of The ‘Welfare Queen’, Kate Donald (06/03/12):
Governments are constructing social policy based on misrepresentations and stereotypes about poor people and welfare claimants, rather than by reference to the structural inequalities that affect everyone
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
Danish Presidency Conference On Accessibility (05/03/12):
Accessibility Act: A Binding Legislation Is The Only Effective Option (04/03/12):
From PINK NEWS (International):
‘Milestone’ LGBT Discussion At UN Human Rights Council Welcomed Despite Walkout (08/03/12):
The UN Human Rights Council’s panel discussion on ending discrimination and violence against people on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity has been welcomed despite a walkout by some Islamic states.
Video: UN Human Rights Council Discusses LGBT Discrimination And Violence (07/03/12):
Video: Call To Boycott St Petersburg Over Anti-Gay Law (02/03/12):
From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
A Quick Guide To Reform Of The European Court Of Human Rights:
The European Court of Human Rights seems to be all over the headlines at the moment, from Prime Minister David Cameron deriding it a “small claims court” to mixed reactions to the Court’s upholding the absolute ban on the use of torture evidence. The BIHR has produced a quick guide to explain: BIHR’s key points; why the UK Government is focusing on reform of the Court; the Draft Brighton Declaration and what BIHR thinks about the proposals; key facts about the UK and the Court; What is happening and when
From HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:
The Unfinished Revolution:
Women’s rights have progressed significantly in the last two decades, but major challenges remain in order to end global gender discrimination. The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls, including in the Middle East where the hopes raised by the Arab Spring are yet to be fulfilled.
From ILGA EUROPE:
Dear EU – Make Sure That Gender Matters… (08/03/12):
Landmark Report And Panel On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity In The United Nations Human Rights Council (08/03/12):
From GAY DAY MAGAZINE:
Pillay Presents Groundbreaking UN Study On Violence, Discrimination Against People Because Of Their Sexual Orientation (07/03/12):
When Did Bigotry Get So Needy? (07/03/12):
Stand down: literature has defeated the Thought Police. Belgium’s supreme court has defeated the mischief-making of the whining PC brigade. Tintin is not banned. Huzzah!
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