Equality Updates 12th April 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Pensions Reforms Imposed Without Consultation (12/04/12):
Urgent clarity needed on age link.
Consultation On National Framework For Child Protection Learning & Development In Scotland (10/04/12):
Dementia Champions Start Work (10/04/12):
One hundred Dementia Champions have started work across Scotland to help drive up standards of care for people with dementia.
Helping Homeless Households (06/04/12):
Housing Minister Keith Brown today underlined the need for good quality temporary accommodation for homeless families.
From SCOTTISH RECOVERY NETWORK:
A Scotland Where Mental Health Recovery Is A Reality For All (11/04/12):
SRN Director, Simon Bradstreet, introduces the new and ambitious Strategic Plan for 2012-16 and offers some reflections on indicators of progress in Scotland.
From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY:
Muslims And Political Participation In Britain: Conference 2012:
[Edinburgh] 20th and 21st April, John McIntyre Conference Centre. More details on the CRER website at http://www.crer.org.uk/
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:
Manifesto For Women – Local Government Elections 2012:
The SWC have produced a manifesto for the women of Scotland for the forthcoming Local Government elections. The manifesto has been produced using the views of women throughout Scotland. The information contained in this document can be used by women to raise awareness of issues – making sure family, friends and colleagues are aware of the concerns affecting women in Scotland today. This document can be used to challenge Local Government election candidates regarding local priorities for women.
The SWC Roadshow Programme For 2012 Is Now Confirmed:
Glenrothes – Monday 28th May
Anstruther – Tuesday 29th May
Aberdeen – Thursday 14th June
Peterhead – Friday 15th June
Dumfries – Monday 2nd July
Stranraer – Tuesday 3rd July
Islay – Monday 6th August
Motherwell – Wednesday 5th September
Paisley – Wednesday 19th September
Venues and times to be confirmed – check our website regularly for details. If you are interested in attending any of these please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From PINK NEWS (Scotland):
Anti-Gay MSP Bill Walker Expelled From SNP Over Abuse Claims (08/04/12):
From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Challenging Homophobia: LGBT Youth Scotland And NUS Scotland:
NUS Scotland LGBT and LGBT Youth Scotland are repeatedly told by LGBT students that they would like to make a difference to younger LGBT people. One of the methods we hear that students would like the opportunity to take part in is going into schools to speak directly to young people and teachers. As a result, LGBT Youth Scotland and NUS Scotland are conducting a survey as part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s two year European funded project in partnership with LGBT organisations in Slovenia and Poland. The project and survey will explore what resources, skills and support students and student officers would need to run workshops on LGBT issues in schools. The project will train students and provide guidance and ideas about how to engage with schools…..
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL ON DEAFNESS:
Signature’s Free Promotional Session At The Scottish Parliament For Their New Deaf Awareness Training Pack:
[Edinburgh] 24th April, 2pm – 5pm, Scottish Parliament. In Scotland, there are around 800,000 people who have some difficulty hearing. So, around one sixth of your customers, clients, and colleagues will be partially or totally deaf. The training pack outlines the basic communication skills that organisations need to be more accessible for deaf people. From creating the right environment, to using assistive technology and getting professional support, the course gives you the opportunity to learn how to improve the way you communicate. The three hour session will give you the opportunity to view the training pack in full. Delegates will be asked to provide feedback on the content and relevancy of the course for their workplaces. If you would like to attend, please contact: email@example.com
From CEMVO SCOTLAND:
Learn About Skills Exchange REN Outreach Event – Glasgow:
[Glasgow] 24 April, 10.45am – 2pm, CEMVO Scotland, Lancefield House 95-107 Lancefield St, G3 8HZ. The Reciprocal Exchange Network (REN) is an initiative that seeks to increase the capacity of ethnic minority and mainstream voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises by exchanging skills, resources and best practice, without the need for spending money. Great opportunity to: Build partnerships; Learn from shared experiences; Help organisations to support each other; Share ideas. Tea & Coffee are provided on arrival. Please advise if you have any special requirements; access or dietary needs. The event is free and any reasonable public transport travelling costs will be met by CEMVO. Closing date for registration is 19 April. To register please contact: Umbreen Khalid/Fiaz Khan, CEMVO Scotland, 0141 248 4830, 07500 839 305, Umbreen.firstname.lastname@example.org Fiaz.email@example.com For further information about the REN take a look at the website: http://www.cemvoscotland.org.uk/ren/
From LONG TERM CONDITIONS ALLIANCE:
LTCAS European Year for Active Ageing (EYAA) Conference: Route Map to Healthy and Active Ageing:
[Edinburgh] 27th April, 10am. There is renewed focus on improving the health and wellbeing of older people in Scotland to enable them to live well and independently in their local communities; not least due to the demographic trends that show the rate at which our population is ageing. The European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity in 2012 > represents an important opportunity to build on Scotland’s position as a leader in delivering quality outcomes for older people.
From DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE:
Sense Scotland Present A Multimedia Exhibition Titled ‘It Is Is It’:
[Glasgow] 20 April to 7 May, Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am–5pm Friday and Sunday 11am–5pm, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle St. Free. Artists with disabilities explore Kelvingrove in ‘It is is it’. Sense Scotland multimedia exhibition for Glasgow International Festival.
From CARERS SCOTLAND:
The first Carers Parliament will be held on 1 October 2012 in the Scottish Parliament. Carers Scotland is leading on delivering the first Carers Parliament working closely with the other National Carers Organisations.
Your Priorities For A Carers Parliament:
As it will be your Parliament, we need you to help shape it. We are asking carers to make their views known about what they feel are the most important issues to debate and to ask for expressions of interest in taking part. We have developed a survey for carers to assist in this. Access from: http://digbig.com/5bfxah
From FOR SCOTLAND’S DISABLED CHILDREN:
Scotland’s National Parenting Strategy – Survey:
The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up. This is why they are developing a national parenting strategy to raise the value and importance of parenting, while also recognising that it can be difficult at times. The Family Fund and fSDC want to make sure that those parenting a disabled child or young person in Scotland have their voices heard and particular needs acknowledged.
From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Y People Brings Destitution Into Sharper Focus (11/04/12):
SRC is stepping up its call for the UK Government to urgently address the issue of destitution facing asylum seekers across the city. The situation has been placed into sharp focus as up to 100 refused asylum seekers have been issued with letters informing them they will be evicted from their Y People accommodation.
From GLASGOW LIFE / CURIOUS:
Human Library One Day Training:
[Glasgow] Thursday 19th, St Mungo Museum or Friday 20th April, St Mungo Museum, 10am – 4pm. Free Training Days. The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with ‘living books’. Living books are people from all walks of life who have been subjected to stereotypes and prejudice. Visitors can loan a living book, and find out more about who they are instead of “judging a book by its cover”. Human Library first launched in Denmark in 2000 but has since gone global with Human Libraries taking place all over the world. Glasgow Life will host a Human Library as part of the West End Festival 2012. The one day training is intended for people who are interested in being involved in future Human Library events in Glasgow, for example by identifying and supporting living books. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or to book a place on either free training day. Places will be allocated as we receive bookings, so please get back to us soon if you’d like to attend. (Free lunch will be provided on both days). You can also find out more at http://humanlibrary.org/
From ONE PARENT FAMILIES SCOTLAND:
Supporting Women To Move Towards Employment – Your Thoughts Needed!:
[Edinburgh, Lothians, Scottish Borders] Women Onto Work help women who face barriers to work move towards sustainable employment and are developing an exciting new project to help lone parent mothers who would like to work to move closer to their goal.
From INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN SOCIAL SERVICES (IRISS):
New Resources For Working With Children And Young People:
Leading for outcomes: children and young people: A practical guide for leaders to use with staff to promote understanding of an outcomes-focused approach with children and young people.
Child care and protection research collection: A collection of audio and video recordings concerning recent research on child care and protection topics.
Access both from http://digbig.com/5bfxhk
From GLASGOW CENTRE FOR POPULATION HEALTH:
Young People, Gender And Alcohol:
The final report from the young people, gender and alcohol project Creating Better Stories: Alcohol and gender in transitions to adulthood and the supporting briefing paper Young people, gender and alcohol (Briefing Paper Findings Series No. 32) are both available from our website: http://www.gcph.co.uk/publications. As well as producing a report and briefing paper, Pete and Fiona have worked with partners to produce an illustrated book containing images and drawings created by the young adults who took part in their study – Alcohol: though our eyes. Young people’s representations of drinking in Scotland. This new resource highlights the views of young people in relation to alcohol and can be used by, or with, young people to help them reflect on and discuss their relationship with alcohol. For more information got to http://digbig.com/5bfxam or contact Pete Seaman Pete.Seaman@drs.glasgow.gov.uk
Men, Women And Alcohol – Understanding The Role Of Gender In Scotland’s Drinking Culture:
From CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS:
Parenting On A Low Income Report:
From PROJECT ABILITY:
The World Awaits (For More Info):
[Glasgow] Trongate. Preview: Saturday 21 April, 6pm – 8pm; exhibition from 24th April-26th May. A poignant investigation into the nature of human thought and communication using text as a silent and printed object, amplified by the extant voices of a group of artists working through disability. For more info see http://digbig.com/5bfxcb
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:
April 2012 News and Events:
From SCOTTISH ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION FORUM:
A Brief Guide To PDFs And Accessibility:
SAIF’s new guide to PDFs and Accessibility aims to demystify the accessibility issues around Portable Document Formats (PDFs). The Guide also advises on the basic steps you should take to make sure your PDF documents are as accessible as possible.
Anger As ‘Wife-Beating’ MSP Refuses To Resign (10/04/12):
Holyrood’s opposition parties have united to demand the resignation of a shamed MSP who is refusing to quit, despite being expelled by the SNP over allegations of serial domestic abuse.
From CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND:
A New Era For Scotland’s Youngest Citizens: Getting The Legislation Right:
[East Kilbride] 18 June, Macdonald Crutherland House. Scotland’s First Minister has renewed his commitment to childcare ‘to match the best in Europe’ with a commitment to extend pre-school services to 600 hours a year for all 3 and 4 year olds. As Scotland joins the rest of Europe in taking forward the EC communication on Early Childhood Education and Care, this major conference asks is this the start of a new era for Scotland’s youngest citizens? As the Government prepares its new legislation we ask what lessons can be learned from Scotland’s past and from other countries, and what can and should we aspire to?
From CREATIVE SCOTLAND:
Music Sector Review:
Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Over the coming months we are undertaking a series of sector reviews, including theatre, visual arts, crafts, dance and music. These reviews will inform and shape our future activities and priorities.
From VOLUNTARY ARTS SCOTLAND:
Voluntary Arts Week – Just Four Weeks Away!:
12 – 20 May. Voluntary Arts Week will highlight the wonderful amateur arts and craft activity taking place throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Run by Voluntary Arts, the development agency for voluntary arts and crafts activity, the week is a great way to celebrate your achievements – and perhaps encourage others to join you. You could: invite people to an open rehearsal; run a taster session; take your art or craftform out into the public domain (such as a shopping centre); badge an event you’ve already planned with ‘Voluntary Arts Week’. Or you could take part in the ‘What’s in your Window?’ campaign. During VAW, we’re asking people to display something in their window to celebrate the arts or craft form they love. It could be a painting, piece of knitting, instrument, photo of you singing – anything which shows off your cultural activity. If you’re part of a group, why not see if your local library, community centre, church hall, shops or offices will let you use their windows to show your work? Imagine how amazing it would look, if one week a year windows across the UK and Republic of Ireland were filled with vibrant and colourful arts and crafts! Visit http://www.voluntaryartsweek.org to download a ‘What’s in your Window?’ poster to feature alongside your display and don’t forget to upload a photograph to let us know about your involvement!
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:
Seminar: Ordinary Magic – Mothering Through Domestic Abuse:
(Edinburgh) 20 April, 10am – 1pm. Research into children’s experiences of domestic abuse has consistently emphasized the importance of providing support to the non-abusive parent (usually the mother) for effective child protection. But what exactly does this involve and why does it seem to be so difficult to achieve? Why does the perpetrator of domestic abuse often become ‘invisible’ in child protection procedures? This seminar will consider how social work and civil and criminal responses to domestic abuse often undermine mothering, blame women for their own experiences of domestic abuse and for perpetrators’ abuse of children, and compromise the safety of women, children and young people. It will also explore issues of risk, safety, resilience and the ‘ordinary magic’ which women draw on to mother through domestic abuse. Cost: £25 per statutory sector delegate / £15 per voluntary sector delegate. Trainer: Marsha Scott. To book, complete our online booking form: http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/training-and-events/booking
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From THE LESBIAN & GAY FOUNDATION:
Welcome to the LGF’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about LGBT needs and experiences, on a range of topics from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.
From PINK NEWS (UK):
Comment: The ex-gay ads prove public homophobia still remains acceptable (13/04/12):
Transport For London Bans ‘Some People Are Ex-Gay! Get Over It’ Adverts After Mayor Boris Johnson Intervenes (12/04/12):
Video: Vote To Decide New Anti-Homophobia Campaign Ad (12/04/12):
Religious Groups Respond To Stonewall With ‘Ex-Gay, Get Over It’ London Bus Adverts (12/04/12):
Religious groups have responded to Stonewall’s current bus advertising campaign in favour of gay equality with a campaign of their own, defending the view that gay people can become straight.
European Court Rules Homophobic Cleric Abu Hamza Can Be Extradited To US (10/04/12):
Actors’ Union Launches Initiative To Support LGBT Actors Coming Out (06/04/12):
Following a revelation that only 57% of gay actors felt that they could be open about their sexuality with their agents, the actors’ union Equity has launched a new initiative to support those LGBT actors who choose to come out.
Religiosity has always been closely associated with conservatism: the Church of England is sometimes described as ‘the Conservative party at prayer’. In the United States, the Republican party and the religious right have become increasingly interdependent, but a similar trend has not occurred on this side of the Atlantic. This report, based on original analysis of the Citizenship Survey and the European Values Survey, investigates the different relationship between religion and politics in the UK and Europe.
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:
Ageism In The Media: BBC Faces New Claims (10/04/12):
Ageism in the media has once again hit the headlines as up to 30 women are preparing to sue the BBC over claims of sexism and ageism.
From DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE:
Dadafest 2012 Presents Niet Normaal – Difference On Display:
[Liverpool] … a major international contemporary art exhibition will come to the Bluecoat, Liverpool this summer as part of DaDaFest 2012. The exhibition also forms part of the London 2012 Festival programme, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad celebration, inspiring creativity across all forms of culture.
From UK VISA BUREAU NEWS:
Further UK Immigration Trouble As Parliament Report Slams UKBA (11/04/12):
A parliamentary report published by the Home Affairs Select Committee has criticised UK immigration procedure by claiming the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is ‘not fit for purpose’.
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Home Affairs Select Committee Report On The Work Of The UK Border Agency – Our Response (11/04/12):
From REFUGEE ACTION:
Response To Today’s Report From The Home Affairs Select Committee (11/04/12):
In response to today’s Home Affairs Select Committee report on the work of the UK Border Agency
From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:
£4.5 Billion Pensions Boost From This Week – New State Pension Average Of £124 A Week (10/04/12):
From this week the average state pension payment for 2012/13 is estimated to be £124 a week, an increase of £6 from last year. This includes both the basic and additional state pension.
Pension Payouts At Record High (02/04/12):
Six months to go until Automatic Enrolment begins and new figures show that final salary pension scheme payouts will reach a record high and peak this year.
Minister For Employment Backs New Charter For Work Experience (02/04/12):
Boost For Unemployed Young People As Youth Contract Opens For Business (02/04/12):
Britain’s unemployed young people are being given a major boost today as the Youth Contract opens for business. Nearly half a million young people are set to benefit as £1 billion becomes available to get them into new jobs or training.
From EMPLOYERS’ FORUM ON DISABILITY:
GPs Admit Poorer Healthcare For People With Learning Disabilities (12/04/12):
The majority of doctors believe that people afflicted with learning disabilities do not receive the same level of healthcare as the rest of the population.
From PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:
Tackling Broken Britain: Building A Stronger Society:
[Manchester] 22nd May.
From HOME OFFICE:
Statement On Extradition Of Abu Hamza (10/04/12):
European Court of Human Rights allows the extradition of Abu Hamza
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Babar Ahmad: Capitulation By The European Court? (12/04/12):
Is the European Court selling Ahmad out, and the kettled demonstrators before him, for the sake of making peace with a British government determined to get the court off its back?
Inhuman Responses To Distressed Children (12/04/12):
A report on ‘apathetic children’ in Sweden is important for UK asylum campaigners for the light it sheds on a condition so far unrecognised here.
Download A. Sivanandan’s ‘From Resistance To Rebellion’ (12/04/12):
The Institute of Race Relations is releasing a free download of A. Sivanandan’s landmark essay, ‘From resistance to rebellion: Asian and Afro-Caribbean struggles in Britain’, first published in Race & Class in 1981.
X-Rays, Surveillance And Secret Justice (05/04/12):
X-raying migrant children to determine age and proposals to monitor all communications, as well as the proposed secret justice measures, further target ‘suspect communities’.
Glasgow: The Evictions Begin (05/04/12):
Over 100 asylum seekers are facing eviction in Glasgow, after Serco was contracted to manage their accommodation.
European Anti-Islam Demonstration Flops In Denmark (05/04/12):
Incendiary Black Working-Class Heroes (05/04/12):
A book on black British strugglers opens up new vistas.
From PUBLIC POLICY EXCHANGE:
The New National Action Plan To Tackle Hate Crime: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution:
[London] Thursday 17th May
From THE SPECTACLE BLOG:
Olympic Borough Racist Policing And Selective Security (03/04/12):
Forest Gate Police Station located in the Olympic borough of Newham is at the centre of alleged racist assault. The London Olympics website states that the Olympics are a “celebration of different cultures” and that “diversity was a key reason why London, one of the most multicultural cities in the world” was chosen to host the events. However, these testimonies of ‘celebrating diversity’ have been subsequently undermined from the allegations of racism from members of the Metropolitan police, which could be seen as a form of institutional racism.
Young Migrants Living ‘Far Below Poverty Line’ (09/04/12):
Children’s Society says some asylum seekers get half of what a comparable British family would receive in income support
From ACTION ON HEARING LOSS:
End The Care Crisis – Take Action (05/04/12):
Action on Hearing Loss is worried about recent developments in the social care system
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION:
State Pension Increase Is Less Than It Should Have Been – NPC Claims (08/04/12):
From OPENDEMOCRACY – 50.50:
“We Are Not Women, We Are Egyptians”: Spaces Of Protest And Representation, Nadia Taher (06/04/12):
Is That What We Fought For? Gaddafi’s Legacy For Libyan Women, Lindsey Hilsum (06/04/12):
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
7th Session Of The CRPD Committee, Geneva (12/04/12):
The 7th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee), will be held in Geneva on 16-20 April 2012. It will review the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 4 countries.
From DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION:
The Roma Need A Truth Commission (12/04/12):
Europe should recognize its atrocities committed against the Roma people, writes the Council of Europe’s outgoing commissioner for human rights in this European Voice commentary. During the economic crisis there has been an increase in anti-Roma rhetoric in Europe. Prejudicial generalisations about Roma and Travellers are now repeated in country after country, often by politicians……
From EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS:
Work Together To End Vicious Cycle Of Roma Discrimination And Social Exclusion (06/04/12):
Europe must continue to pull together to combat Roma discrimination, prejudice, poverty and social exclusion, says the FRA on the occasion of the International Roma Day on April 8.
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