Equality Updates 2nd November 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
Glasgay! 15th October – 4th November:
Disability History Month Scotland: 22nd November – 22nd December
16 Days Against Gender Violence: 25th November – 10th December
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Licensing Of Caravan Sites In Scotland – An Analysis Of Consultation Responses (31/10/12):
Breastfeeding Rates (30/10/12):
Increase in breastfeeing in the most deprived areas in Scotland.
Long Term Monitoring Of Health Inequalities (30/10/12):
National Care Standards Consultation:
Deadline 31st January 2013. The National Care Standards were introduced in 2001. Since then, they’ve not been reviewed. This consultation will ensure the standards meet the needs of service users as the care sector changes.
Scottish Health Survey Report On Equality (30/10/12):
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today announced the publication of a Scottish Health Survey topic report on equality groups.
Domestic Abuse Recorded By The Police In Scotland (30/10/12):
Domestic Abuse (30/10/12):
Domestic abuse figures rise.
Care Home Figures Released (30/10/12):
Half of all residents in Scotland’s care homes have dementia, figures published today reveal.
Respite Care Scotland 2011-12 (30/10/12):
Non-Confidential Responses To Children And Young People Bill (30/10/12):
Tackling Offending By Women (29/10/12):
Plans for a ‘custom made’ national prison for women and a new specialist unit
Social Capital And Health – Findings From The Scottish Health Survey And Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (29/10/12):
Research Findings: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/269317
Exploring Dimensions Of Social Capital In Scotland Findings From The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey And Scottish Household Survey (29/10/12):
Research Findings: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/269312
Working With Children And Adults Who May Be At Risk Of Self-Harm; Practice Guidance On Information Sharing, Protection And Confidentiality (29/10/12):
Scottish Passported Benefits – Consultation Responses (26/10/12):
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:
Committee Members Visit Gypsy/Traveller Site In Argyll (02/11/12):
- as part of the committee’s inquiry into Where Gypsy/Travellers live.
Committee Seeks Removal Of Royal Exemption From Freedom Of Information Bill (02/11/12):
Public Petitions Committee: 30 October 2012: 15th Meeting, 2012:
Includes consideration of PE1393 – tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland; and PE1367 – banning mosquito devices
Health And Sport Committee: 30 October 2012: 29th Meeting, 2012
Includes: Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2
From POVERTY ALLIANCE:
Making Change Happen: Poverty Alliance Annual Conference and AGM 2012:
[Glasgow] 19 November, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:
Measuring The Impact Of Funding Cuts On Domestic Abuse Services For Women And Children In Scotland:
Scottish Women’s Aid survey of funding for Women’s Aid services 2011-12
From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Holding An Event About Asylum? Request A Speaker!:
From CAMPAIGN FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN SCOTLAND (CFoIS):
Scottish Government Must Have Courage To Reform Freedom Of Information Law (02/11/12):
The CFoIS today endorsed the Finance Committee’s conclusions, at Stage 1 of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, calling on the government to bring forward proposals to protect the public’s right to know.
From PINK NEWS (Scotland):
Scottish Tory Leader Booed At Stonewall Awards (02/11/12):
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson found herself being booed off the stage at last night’s Stonewall Awards in central London
From THIRD FORCE NEWS:
Two In Three Women Turned Away From Refuges (02/11/12):
Scottish Women’s Aid groups face funding crisis. Major funding problems mean that despite rising incidents of domestic abuse women’s aid groups are having to turn away two-thirds of women seeking refuge accommodation.
From OUTSIDE THE BOX:
Employability Peer Support Development Group:
The EPS Development Group recently launched “Confidence in Disclosure” – this report gathers the experiences of people affected by mental health problems around disclosing relevant information to potential or current employers. You can find out more about the group and download the report here: http://www.otbds.org/employabilitypeersupport
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
Time For Change: Have Your Say On The Future Priorities For LGBT Equality In Scotland:
The Equality Network and Scottish Transgender Alliance are holding a number of special consultation events all over Scotland. New equality laws mean the Government, Local Authorities, Police, NHS and others are making crucial decisions by April 2013 which will affect you. Have your say, we want to hear your views on: what should be done to combat LGBT discrimination; what you need from local and national services; what is a priority and what could be done in future; what can happen in your local area. Come along and meet LGBT people at events in your area:
Kirkwall, Orkney Tue 30th Oct 6.30pm; Lerwick, Shetland, Wed 31st Oct, 6.30pm; Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, Tue 6th Nov, 6.30pm; Greenock, Inverclyde, Fri 9th Nov, 6.30pm; Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Sat 10th Nov, 2pm; Dundee, Tue 13th Nov, 6.30pm; Aberdeen, Wed 14th Nov, 6.30pm; Stornoway, Western Isles, Fri 16th Nov, 6.30pm; Ayr, South Ayrshire, Tue 20th Nov, 6.30pm; Dumfries, Thur 22nd Nov, 6.30pm; Hawick, Scottish Borders, Sat 24th Nov, 2pm; Stirling, Tue 27th Nov, 6.30pm; Edinburgh, Thur 29th Nov, 6.30pm; Glasgow, Sat 1st Dec, 2pm; Inverness, Highland, Tue 4th Dec, 6.30pm; Irvine, North Ayrshire, Wed 5th Dec, 6.30pm. Each event will last around two hours and refreshments will be available. Registration is not necessary to attend but would help us to better plan events. For further information: http://equalitynetwork.eventbrite.co.uk Email: email@example.com Tel: 0131 467 6039 All events are open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their friends, family and supporters.
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS:
Help Shape The Future Of Human Rights In Scotland:
SCVO is joining forces with the Scottish Human Rights Commission to encourage third sector organisations to share their views and experiences of human rights in Scotland. The feedback will be used to develop a National Action Plan for Human Rights.
Debate: “Does A Human Rights Based Approach Help Or Hinder Community Empowerment?”:
[Edinburgh] 29 November, 2pm-4pm, SCVO, Mansfield Traquair Centre, EH3 6BB. Free. Following on from our popular series earlier this year, SCVO and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are presenting a new series of thought provoking human rights debates in conjunction with our work based Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights programme. More info and booking details at http://digbig.com/5bgqyh Places are free but limited, and priority will be given to third sector participants
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:
Women And Sectarianism:
Sectarianism is often described as ‘Scotland’s Shame’, discussed in newspapers, on television and in the Scottish Parliament. Despite a wealth of research on the subject, there is no specific information available focusing on the effects of sectarianism on women. The SWC is undertaking a project, looking at what sectarianism means and its effects on women in communities. This survey has been created to gather the views of women throughout Scotland. We would be grateful if you could fill in the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FK2QJRG Closing date for responses is Friday 7th December.
From BEMIS and CEMVO SCOTLAND:
Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network Meeting: Scottish Government Equalities Outcomes:
[Glasgow] 6th November, CEMVO Scotland, Lancefield House, 95-107 Lancefield St, G3 8HZ. The engagement by Network participants through this event will ensure involvement by EM groups in setting equality outcomes that will enable the Scottish Government to better perform the general equality duty. The purpose of this engagement is therefore to help the Scottish Government to produce a set of equality outcomes which are informed by the involvement of EM people who share protected characteristics or their representatives, with the outputs from the event being to allow the Scottish Government to draft a set of equality outcomes. The draft outcomes will be made available by the Scottish Government for feedback, with the plan to publish the draft outcomes on the Scottish Government website for wider comment. Full details on this event: http://enf.org.uk/blog/?p=3886
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Scotland Needs A National Action Plan (30/10/12):
The Commission launches the participation process for Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights.
Getting It Right? Human Rights In Scotland:
The research report reveals that whilst Scotland has made notable progress, it can do better. Scotland has a relatively strong legal and institutional framework for human rights, and some examples of positive strategy and policy direction. However, the actual outcomes for people are often inconsistent, and there are other ‘gaps’ which should and can be filled. Access the research and related info at http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/actionplan
Howard League 2012 / 2013 Lecture Series: ‘Women, Children and Families’:
Lecture series runs from November til April 2013. The first lecture is:
[Edinburgh] 19th November, 6 – 7pm, Glasgow consultant obstetrician Dr Mary Hepburn, Scotswoman of the year 2012. Dr Hepburn will speak about her work with vulnerable women and the impact of social and economic deprivation on the life chances of these women and their children.
All lectures are open to the public and completely free of charge to attend. However it is helpful if those wishing to attend could register their attendance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Details of the other lectures in this series can be found on our website: http://www.howardleaguescotland.org.uk
From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:
GDA Learning Programme Bulletin Nov Dec 2012:
a range of free and accessible learning opportunities for disabled people of all ages. These exciting courses include: Film Making, Presentation Skills, a Youth Forum, Creative Writing, and Self Directed Support (specifically aimed at parents, teachers and workers who support young disabled people).
From WHITE RIBBON SCOTLAND:
The 16 Days Of Action Are Coming Soon:
This year the 16 Days of Action will see events, workshops, film screenings and more taking place across Scotland. The 16 Days of Action takes place every year in countries all over the world, to tackle violence against women and engage the public in local activism to fight for this cause. White Ribbon Scotland will be organising and supporting events across the country. Below, are details of events going on near you. Find out what event is closest and make sure you get involved:
From GLASGOW RAPE CRISIS:
The R.O.S.E.Y. Project (Rape Crisis Offering Support And Education For Young People):
The R.O.S.E.Y. Project is a service that offers awareness raising workshops for boys and girls around sexual violence within schools and youth groups. It is the Prevention Programme for Glasgow Rape Crisis.
R.O.S.E.Y. Project Young People Open Day:
[Glasgow] 4th December, 3pm – 6pm, Rape Crisis Centre, 5th Floor, 30 Bell St, G1 1LG. During 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women we will be hosting an open information day for those who work with and support young people – come along and find out more about our project and how we can work together. It’s a drop in so you don’t need to register but it would be good if you could email me to let me know you are coming so I can make sure there are enough cakes!!! For more information and to confirm your attendance email Paula: email@example.com
Our BME Worker will also be there to talk about our BME Project, The Ruby Project so if you would like to come along to hear more about that you will be more than welcome. For more information about the Ruby Project contact Pav: PSandhu@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk
From SAMH and THE HARDEST HIT:
SAMH and Hardest Hit Coalition Launch New Film On Welfare Reform (29/10/12):
“We have tried very hard all our lives to do the right things, be valued members of society. Now they’re making sure that we’re not the same as everyone else. It’s completely wrong.”
From LEARNING DISABILITY ALLIANCE SCOTLAND:
What Ldas Says About The Same As You:
The Ldas has made some detailed comments on what the Scottish government should do to improve services for people with learning disabilities
From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:
Trade School Glasgow: Nil By Mouth: Sectarianism – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Frightened To Ask:
[Glasgow] 21st November, and 28th November, 6pm – 7pm, Scottish Youth Theatre. ‘Sectarianism’: a big word in every way and one we hear more and more these days. But do we know what it actually means? What is the difference between ‘banter’ and ‘bigotry’? Can you be a ’90 minute bigot’? Is there such a thing as ‘white collar’ sectarianism? Do we define sectarianism by what offends us rather than how we ourselves may offend others? If you want to discuss these questions, listen to the views of others and most importantly ask these questions of yourself this class, led by Nil By Mouth’s Campaign Director, is for you More Information: http://tradeschool.coop/Glasgow/class
From DISABILITIES FIFE:
Launch of Disabilities Fife (formerly Fife Independent Disability Network)
[Glenrothes] 27th November, 6pm – 8pm, in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. If you would like to attend please contact Muriel MacGregor by telephone 01592 203993, Email muriel.macgregor @disabilitiesfife.org.uk or text 07841504318 The venue is fully accessible but please let Muriel know if you have any additional support needs i.e. access, personal assistance, loop facilities, interpreter. Download the flyer from http://digbig.com/5bgrdd
From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:
Feminism In Action 2013:
Week-to-view wall calendar, showing the historical and global movement for equality. A great gift and a fantastic way to contribute to the Women’s Support Project. A4 landscape, 56 pages – only £15! Available from http://www.word-power.co.uk or contact the Women’s Support Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 418 0748
From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:
Disadvantages In The City Highest In Scotland:
Concerns about the impacts of welfare reform continue with the launch of a new report by the thinktank Demos. ‘A Wider Lens’ looks at multiple disadvantage and poverty, and identifies Glasgow as having the highest proportion of severely disadvantaged families in the country.
Council Urged To Reconsider Telecare Charges (26/10/12):
The introduction of a £3 weekly charge for Telecare services has come under fire
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:
Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur Needs You! – Call For Submissions:
GWL has been working with the Rainbow Sisters, a group run by LGBT Youth Scotland, on various projects including the fantastic zine: Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur. … the group are working on the next issue of the zine which is due to be published at the begining of December.
From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Research On Gay Community And Social Networks (31/10/12):
The Medical Research Council are undertaking some research into young gay and bisexual men’s thoughts on the gay community and the importance of personal and social relationships and are looking for guys aged 18 – 29 to take part.
LGBT Youth Scotland Launches New Online Support Service (30/12/12):
LGBT Youth Scotland has recently launched a new online support service for 1-2-1 chats with youth workers. The LiveChat service is a place where young people can speak to LGBT Youth Scotland youth workers in a safe, private, and supportive online environment.
Hate Crime And The LGBT Community Conference:
[Kincardine] 16th November, 10am – 3.15pm. The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) are hosting a conference to explore hate crime and the LGBT community.
From CENTRAL AND WEST INTEGRATION NETWORK:
Community Discussion Event: Welfare Reform And How It Affects Your Benefits:
[Glasgow] 9 November, 10.30am – 2pm, Garnethill Multicultural Community Centre, 21 Rose St, G3 6RE. To book your place, please contact Kathryn on 0141 353 0440 Email: email@example.com OR Julia on 0141 573 0978 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Travel expenses, tea & coffee will be provided.
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Research Report: “The Impact Of Changes In Commissioning And Funding On Women-Only Services”:
[Source: Equinet] As Britain’s National Human Rights Institution, the EHRC has a duty to monitor and report on implementation of UN treaties, among others The United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The CEDAW Committee recognises the importance of appropriate services for women and, following the last UK examination in 2008, expressed concern that specialised women-only services may be jeopardised by a shift to larger, more generic service providers. In England there has been a devolution from central to local government of decision making about resource allocation and the commissioning of services. The EHRC decided that research would be helpful to monitor developments and clarify the issues. The objective of this study was to explore whether the introduction of commissioning procedures and funding cuts were having a disadvantageous affect on the provision of women-only services.
Commission Intervenes In Supreme Court Case Of X Vs Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau (31/10/12):
The EHRC is today intervening in a case before the UK’s Supreme Court to argue that volunteers are given protection against discrimination.
Commission Appoints Independent Reviewer For Its Disability Committee (30/10/12):
The EHRC has appointed Agnes Fletcher, a leading figure in the disability movement, to the role of independent reviewer of its Disability Committee.
Commission Advises Parliamentarians On Violations In Justice And Security Bill (31/10/12):
The EHRC is hosting an event in parliament today to highlight concerns expressed by many public bodies and media commentators, over government proposals to extend the use of closed material procedures in civil court cases.
From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:
Impact Of The Cuts On The Women’s Voluntary And Community Sector (NB this is a UK-wide Survey):
Support services for women are under threat from an unprecedented level of public spending cuts, with many organisations losing staff, reducing services or closing altogether. WRC needs your help to gather evidence on how far the cuts have destabilised the women’s voluntary and community sector. The results from this survey will be published as part of our upcoming report into the impact of the cuts on women’s organisations and will inform WRC’s future lobbying work.
From THE CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION (CEOP) CENTRE:
First To A Million: Intro:
Have you ever done something you regret? Ever shared something and wished you hadn’t? Ever taken things a step too far? Would you know what to do and where to turn if you did?
The Sexual Exploitation Of Children – Can You Recognise The Signs?:
Watch this video with Shona McGarty from BBC soap Eastenders explaining how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.
From END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (EVAW):
Joining The Dots From Savile To Rochdale:
EVAW and other women’s groups have called upon George Entwistle, new Director General of the BBC, to ensure that inquiries into Jimmy Savile’s widespread abuse of girls over decades look at a culture of sexism and sexual harassment at the BBC which allowed Savile to abuse with impunity. We also urged that the inquiry into Newsnight’s decision to drop the story looks at possible prejudice about violence against women and girls in its editorial decision-making. EVAW and members are waiting for imminent reports from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/info/csegg1) and the Home Affairs Committee (http://digbig.com/5bgrcr) on sexual exploitation following scandals in Rochdale and other British towns showing that the scale and nature of abuse in the Savile case are still happening today.
From DISABILITY NOW:
Savile: Supping With The Devil (01/11/12):
Ramping Up Demands For Shop Access (30/10/12):
As the festive season approaches, Mik Scarlet discovers a user led project to make high street shops accessible.
Abuse Of Care Home Residents Will Continue Without Radical Reform, Warns Peter Beresford (30/10/12):
Britain’s Got Talent, Sue Perkins And Rugby Football League Among Stonewall Award Winners (02/11/12):
From UK HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:
Last Quango In Paris? Why The Fate Of The EHRC Is Important For All Of Us (28/10/12):
In its foreign policy, the UK Government is a keen advocate of national human rights institutions (NHRI’s). The Brighton Declaration, drafted by the UK, encourages Council of Europe States to consider ‘the establishment, if they have not already done so, of an independent National Human Rights Institution’. In June 2012 the UK signed a UN General Assembly resolution ‘Reaffirming the important role that such national institutions play and will continue to play.’….
Why Saving The Human Rights Act Will Be Good For Your Health (24/10/12):
Debate about whether the Human Rights Act (HRA) might be replaced by a new UK Bill of Rights often dwells on the potential loss, or at least weakening, of the legal route to accountability and redress for victims of human rights violations. An event next month in Liverpool reminds us how much more might be lost if the HRA were to be scrapped or watered down. In particular, it highlights the significance of section 6 of the Act, which requires all public authorities to act in a way which is compatible with European Convention rights unless primary legislation requires them to act otherwise.
From ABORTION RIGHTS:
Inaccuracy And Anecdote: Dorries’ Time Limit Debate (01/11/12):
Yesterday, Nadine Dorries held a parliamentary debate on reducing the abortion time limit from 24 to 20 weeks.
Abortion Counselling Consultation: Abortion Rights Responds (31/10/12):
“We welcome the news that the government has decided not to proceed any further with plans to change abortion counselling requirements.
Polish Rape Victim Wins ECHR Ruling Over Abortion:
Time Limit Debate Signals New Attack On Abortion Rights (29/10/12):
From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB:
Decriminalizing Adultery: Eliminating Discrimination And Violence Against Women (02/11/12):
The UN Working Group (WG) on discrimination against women in law and practice has issued a call to Governments to repeal laws criminalizing adultery. The WG notes that the enforcement of such laws leads to discrimination and violence against women in law and in practice.
From DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE:
Winterbourne View: Scandalous? Yes. Shocking? No. (28/10/12):
Let’s have some honesty, please. The only shocking thing about the Winterbourne View scandal was how pathetically light the sentences were. This was not the first case involving the brutal institutional abuse of people with learning difficulties, and it won’t be the last.
Artist Will Stare ‘Fitness For Work’ Fears In The Face With ‘Bed Life’ Performance (26/10/12):
From THE FED CENTRE FOR DISABILITY LIVING:
Review Of Equality 2025 Sparks Concerns (25/10/12):
The launch of a government review has raised fears that ministers are planning to replace their advisory network of disabled people with a controversial new “alliance” of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), charities, service-providers and private sector organisations. The new Conservative minister for disabled people, Esther McVey, quietly announced a review into the role of Equality 2025 this week.
From ACTION ON HEARING LOSS:
More Support Needed For Care And Nursing Home Residents With Hearing Loss (30/10/12):
Elderly people in England looking to secure a care or nursing home residency should check what procedures are in place to fully support residents with hearing loss.
From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Caring About Rights (30/10/12):
Today BIHR and n:compass Advocacy Services launch an essential new Pocket Guide to help families and friends caring for loved ones know and secure their rights.
Final Financial Inclusion Report Published: A Sense Of Place – Retirement Decisions Among Older Black And Minority Ethnic People:
The report covers the wide-ranging topics that influence retirement decisions in the BME community and recommends ways in which local and national government should respond to the demographic reality of an ageing BME population.
One Minority At A Time: Being Black And Gay:
This report from Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust reveals serious failings in public services to meet the needs of Britain’s 400,000 black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people. One Minority at a Time, based on detailed interviews with black and minority ethnic gay people, exposes widespread assumptions that black people are heterosexual, with little effort being made to correct this view.
Stopwatch Website Launch:
StopWatch, a coalition group of organisations supporting fair and accountable policing, and key partner of Runnymede, has relaunched its website. The new site contains a wealth of information on stop and search powers in the UK including factsheets, know your rights, area-by-area stops data, information on the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections, videos and much more. Check it out here: http://www.stop-watch.org
Open Data For Race Equality? One-Day Seminar And Capacity Building Event:
[London] 27th November. Runnymede and Middlesex University Social Policy Research Centre … The event will discuss changes in how public data is funded, collected and made accessible to the general public and how the community sector can use data for advocacy and to hold local and national government to account.
Ageing And Ethnicity: Inclusive Policy And Practice In Diverse Britain:
[London] 13th December. Runnymede and Age UK are organising a conference exploring the issues faced by black and minority ethnic (BME) older people, and those who work with them. This free of charge event will highlight new research into ageing and ethnicity, and examples of local practice in developing inclusive services and engagement for and with older people from BME communities.
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Young Refugee Council Clients Give Evidence In Child Trafficking Case (31/10/12):
Violet at UK Feminista Lobby, 24 October 2012:
Violet explains what happened at the UK-Feminista Lobby on 24 October 2012, and the inspiration she took from MP speakers and other women attending the rally. They were speaking out against violence against women, and justice for women seeking asylum in the UK.
From THIRD SECTOR:
Abuse Charity Reapplies For Big Lottery Fund Grant As Savile Case Sparks Surge In Calls (02/11/12):
Abuse charity reapplies for Big Lottery Fund grant as Savile case sparks surge in calls
Poorest Child Maintenance Claimants ‘Forced Into A Corner’, Warns Barnardo’s (26/10/12):
Blind And Partially Sighted People Encouraged To Switch On To Technology (31/11/12):
From PINK NEWS:
Peter Tatchell: UK Government Broke Promise, Is Still Deporting Gay Asylum Seekers (02/11/12):
Terrence Higgins Trust To Launch New HIV Testing Campaign (29/10/12):
England’s first National HIV Testing Week will take place next month as part of a strategy designed to tackle high rates of HIV infection among gay and bisexual men.
12th Annual Intersex Awareness Day Marked Around The Globe (26/10/12):
From DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
Action To Clarify Processes Under The Mental Health Act (29/10/12):
The Department of Health is taking action to correct an irregularity in the application of the Mental Health Act 1983.
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Dale Farm: Children’s Welfare (01/11/12):
Below we reproduce an open letter to Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, from Grattan Puxon of the Dale Farm Housing Association.
Creative New Books For Young People (01/11/12):
Two challenging new books to inspire young people in these grim, austere and unjust times.
Mind Responds To ‘Sectioning’ Doctors Announcement (29/10/12):
Mind responds to the announcement that doctors in four Strategic Health Authorities involved in detaining people involuntarily under the Mental Health Act were not properly validated.
From DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS:
Freud: Universal Credit Switch Will Be Simple For Most - But We Must Prepare Early (30/10/12):
More Get Unconditional Support As Work Capability Assessment Improvements Continue (23/10/12):
Choosing A Life On Benefits Is No Longer An Option (22/10/12):
Jobseekers who repeatedly refuse to play by the rules face losing benefits for three years under tough new rules introduced today.
From ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:
New Policies Recognise Needs Of Vulnerable Sexual Communities (02/11/12):
… “There are many LGBT people – for example young homeless people, or those with mental health issues, who because of the additional impact of homophobia (fear of homosexuality), biphobia (aversion towards bisexuality) and transphobia (fear of people who are transgender) may be affected by the impact of austerity in profound and devastating ways,” says Surya Monro. The research charts the progress of equality measures introduced into local government following a raft of legislation which has obliged local authorities to develop equalities policies specifically focussing on sexual orientation.
Cyberbullying In The Workplace ‘Worse Than Conventional Bullying’ (02/10/12):
Cyberbullying – using modern communications technology such as e-mails, texts or web-postings to abuse people – is as common in the workplace as ‘conventional’ bullying. Yet, the way cyberbullying influences both the victim and witnesses are more hidden in the workplace according to new research by occupational psychologists.
Researchers To Debate The Call For Sexual Abstinence Education In Schools (29/10/12):
Introducing abstinence education into UK schools could be a less effective substitute for comprehensive Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) aimed at children and young adults, say a research team led by Sheffield Hallam University.
From E-ACCESS BULLETIN:
“Finish Line In Sight” For Accessible Copyright Treaty (31/10/12):
After what will have been five years of negotiations, an international treaty to allow the sharing of accessible copyrighted material across borders for use by blind and visually impaired people could finally be signed in 2013, E-Access Bulletin has learned.
The Politics Of Alliances: Feminist Peace Action, Drones And Code Pink (31/10/12):
Meredith Tax raises significant questions about feminist activism, political alliances and fundamentalism, but her attack on Code Pink’s campaign trip against the use of remotely-controlled drones in Pakistan is misplaced, says Rebecca Johnson.
The Handmaid’s Tale Of Coalition Britain (31/10/12):
Jeremy Hunt’s recently-voiced and ill-founded opinion on abortion adds insult to injury. Coalition austerity policies and attacks on women’s rights mean that day by day Britain is becoming no country for women.
France: Licence To Rape? (30/10/12):
A lenient gang-rape verdict has prompted outcry and a debate on France’s inadequate response to rape. The French media’s ambivalence towards rape victims also needs to be examined, says Valeria Costa-Kostritsky
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS’ CONVENTION:
Pensioners Stage Protest Over Universal Benefits (30/10/12):
Hundreds of pensioners from across the UK will gather in Westminster on October 31 to lobby their MPs over the future of universal benefits such as the bus pass and winter fuel allowance.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Things Need To Get Better For People In Poverty – The Evidence Is A Good Place To Start (02/11/12):
Calls For Proposals:
The following Calls are open to applications:
Evaluating Approaches to Commissioning Care Homes for Older People in Essex
Paperwork For Care, Not For The Courts
Poverty and Ethnicity in Northern Ireland: a New Research Project
Evidence Review: What Makes A City’s Economy Successful?
Evidence Review: How Can Economic Growth Better Reduce Poverty In Cities?
Understanding The Business Models Used In Forced Labour In The UK
Universal Credit Could Trap People In Poverty, New JRF Report Finds (30/10/12):
Universal Credit: Without Urgent Changes The Government Risks Undermining Its Own Reforms (30/10/12):
Implementing Universal Credit: Will The Reforms Improve The Service For Users? (30/10/12):
SNP Conference: When Welfare Reform Fuels Nationalism (29/10/12):
One week on from the SNP conference in Perth, I’m increasingly convinced that it will be impossible to separate the arguments about welfare reform from those around Scottish independence. This is largely because of the particular nature of the SNP’s nationalism.
Work IS The Best Route Out Of Poverty – Half The Time (26/10/12):
From EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY:
“10 Years Of Policies On Prostitution: Outcomes Of The Swedish And Dutch Options, And Ways Forward” (24/10/12):
European Parliament Starts Work On EU-Wide Action Plan For LGBT Rights (30/10/12):
The EU Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights welcomes a study entitled “Towards an EU roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”.
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