Equality Updates 15th November 2012

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Contents:

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

20th November: International Transgender Day of Remembrance
http://www.titipu.demon.co.uk/tdor/index.htm for UK info and events
http://www.transgenderdor.org/

Disability History Month Scotland: 22nd November – 22nd December
http://disabilityhistorymonthscotland.org/

16 Days of Action To End Violence Against Women: 25th November – 10th December: http://www.16days.org/what%27s-on.aspx  If you have an event that you would like added to the website email please email Kirsti.Hay@glasgow.gov.uk  Twitter: @16daysglasgow Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/16daysglasgow

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Update To Equality Evidence Web Pages (12/11/12):
Today we have updated many of the pages on the equality evidence finder, which brings together equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas and equality characteristics. Major updates to these pages take place biannually, in May and November each year.  Please note that some further pages will be updated next week.  Questions and Comments: Telephone: 0131 2447231 Email: niamh.laffan@scotland.gsi.gov.uk Web: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/EqualityEvidence

New Wave Of Lipreading ‘Lifeline’ Tutors (11/11/12):
Providing vital services for people with hearing loss.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/270659

The Same As You? Consultation Responses (09/11/12):
responses to the consultation of the learning disability policy The Same as you?
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/11/6406

Homicide In Scotland, 2011-12 (06/11/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/270422

Government Commits To £7.45 Scottish Living Wage (05/11/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/270417

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Duncan Smith Again Declines To Give Evidence To Welfare Reform Committee (14/11/12):
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, has again declined to attend a Committee meeting.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/56667.aspx

Welfare Reform Committee Meeting: 13th Meeting, 13 November 2012:
Business in private; Universal Credit – housing issues; Social Fund; Subordinate legislation
http://digbig.com/5bgrym

Equal Opportunities Committee Meeting: 21st Meeting, 15 November 2012:
Inclusive play; Where Gypsy/Travellers live (in private); Draft Budget Scrutiny 2013-14 (in private):
http://digbig.com/5bgryn

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From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:

Council Proposes Reform To Learning Disability Day Services (13/11/12):
Glasgow City Council proposals to initiate a major reform of its day services for people with learning disabilities are to be put forward for consultation.
http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/News/learning+disability+reform.htm

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:

Reclaim The Night March:
[Glasgow] 26th November 2012
http://digbig.com/5bgsca

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From CENTRE FOR POPULATION CHANGE:

Migration And Ageing In The Highlands:
[Inverness and Online] 10th December, 12.30pm – 5pm, Inverness. Free. http://www.crfr.ac.uk/events/CPCDec2012.html Full programme: http://www.crfr.ac.uk/reports/CPCDec2012programme.pdf  Option to attend via video conferencing. No charge to attend this seminar however places are limited. To secure your place please complete the booking form: http://www.crfr.ac.uk/events/CPCDec2012booking.html

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From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE:

Review Of NHSGGC Equality Scheme:
The Scheme will be identifying specific targets and providing details about what the organisation is doing to promote equality and tackle discrimination for all patients and staff. It is therefore vital that we work with patients representing the various protected characteristics and other groups that continue to experience discrimination, and would like to invite relevant organisations to participate in the review by giving us their opinions and suggestions. The following newsletter provides more information and opportunities to respond, including a short survey. It also invites organisations to become part of NHSGGC’s Health Equalities Network, a forum which is regularly invited to participate in the planning of NHS services: http://ggc.cmph.org/o/-ttZYL7un4U

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From THE OFFICE OF THE SCOTTISH CHARITY REGULATOR (OSCR):

Tell Us What You Think! OSCR’s Draft Equality Strategy Is Open For Consultation (09/11/12):
Advancing equality is important – and charities play a key role.  Read our draft Strategy and give us your views. We’re planning to publish our new Equality Strategy for 2012-15.  This shows what we plan to do as Scotland’s charity regulator and as a public body to advance equality and meet our equality duties.
http://digbig.com/5bgryf

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From WISE WOMEN:

Ever Feel Unsafe? Then Why Not Come Along To A Series Of FREE Wise Women Personal Safety Workshops For Women:
[Glasgow] Wednesday 28th November – 19th December (4weeks), 10.30am to 12.30pm, Yoker Community Campus, 10 Kelso Place, G14 0LL. This workshop is facilitated by Wise Women and is open to women of all ages, fitness levels + abilities. Learn how to identify, avoid + escape potentially dangerous situations; Learn how to use simple techniques + shock tactics to improve your personal safety. Have some fun … go on … give it a go!!!  To register or for more information contact Kirsteen on telephone: 0141 952 1010 or email: Kirsteenyoker@yahoo.co.uk Free crèche is available but you must book your place/s. Organised by Yoker Community Campus. Facilitated by Wise Women. Funded by 16 Days of Action

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From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:

St Andrew’s Day March: The Annual St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March And Rally:
[Glasgow] 24th November, 10.30am, Assemble at Glasgow Green, G40 1BA and march to the rally at Glasgow Film Theatre, Rose St, G3 6RB. Speakers include: Representatives from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights; Representatives from the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees; Shamin Akhtar – Labour councillor; Yen Hongmie Jin – SNP councillor
http://www.irr.org.uk/events/st-andrews-day-march/

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From HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM SCOTLAND:

Next Meeting ‘Constitutional Change And Human Rights’:
[Glasgow] 10th December, 1 – 4.30pm, STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG. Lunch provided at 1pm by Thompsons Solicitors. Please sign up for attendance, places are limited, at this URL: http://eepurl.com/rybMD with speakers from the Yes Campaign and Better Together.

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From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:

Rights And Entitlements Of EU Nationals (Incl. Changes For A8 Nationals):
[Glasgow] 10am – 1pm, 21st November, http://www.paih.org/~training/rights-eu.html

Train The Trainer – Workshop:
[Glasgow] 10am – 4pm, 23rd November http://www.paih.org/~training/communityengagement.html

Rights Of Refugees And Asylum Seekers:
[Glasgow] 10am – 1pm, 28th November http://www.paih.org/~training/workingwithrefugees.html

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From SCOTTISH RECOVERY NETWORK:

Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) 5th National Conference:
[Edinburgh] 18th March, Murrayfield Stadium. As usual we aim to deliver a stimulating and packed programme of guest speakers and interactive sessions. We’ll be announcing more information about the conference and opening up registration next month, but in the meantime please make a note of the date in your diaries. You can keep up to date with this and other news via our website and by signing up to our monthly eUpdate: http://www.scottishrecovery.net

SRN’s One Day Workshops: Developing Recovery Focused Practice:
Dates in February. Do you deliver mental health services in Scotland? Would you like them to be more recovery focused? If so, then this is the opportunity for you!  SRN and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have a long-standing partnership in the support of recovery focused practice and service improvement. We now propose running a series of one-day ‘Developing Recovery Focused Services’ workshops around Scotland in February 2013. Be quick! Deadline for applications is 22nd December. Find out more, including how to apply http://digbig.com/5bgrwy

Addictions Recovery Movement In Scotland:
In her ongoing series of articles for the SRN, mental health writer Heidi Tweedie explores the emerging addictions recovery movement in Scotland and assesses the possibilities for closer association with those working in mental health recovery. Read more http://digbig.com/5bgrxa

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From SCOTTISH CO-PRODUCTION NETWORK:

Co-Production And Community Capacity Building Conference:
[Edinburgh] 20th February 2013. Advance notice.
http://digbig.com/5bgryg

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:

Young Women’s Group Event:
[Glasgow] 8th December, 10.15am – 2.15pm, STUC Building. Are you aged 16-25? If so, the Young women’s group are holding an event for you! Whether it be help to understand your rights at work, learn more about voting and why it is important, media perceptions or current unemployment levels. We have set up interactive tables so don’t worry it’s not all talking and listening. Each interactive table will give you a short explanation into that topic and then allow for any questions to be asked. To register for this FREE event email: info@scottishwomensconvention.org or call 0141 339 4797.
http://www.scottishwomensconvention.org

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From WEST OF SCOTLAND REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL:

WSREC Equality Forum – An Invitation To Join:
WSREC are recruiting 8 individuals to join the WSREC Equality Forum, each having an interest in or professional background within the equality area. Please note that full training will be given to all volunteers; highlighting the role, the purpose of the forum and some background information of the public sector equality duty (PSED). The Terms of Reference highlights the aims, composition and remit of the forum which can be located by contacting Jsangha@wsrec.co.uk.

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From THE TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE UK:

T Time TDoR Event:
[Edinburgh] 17th November, 2pm – 3.30pm, LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe St, EH3 6TE. Alongside the regular trans social drop in T Time, there will be a TDoR memorial event in honour of all those killed through transphobic hatred and prejudice in the last year. Take part in reading names, contribute to some arts and crafts or sit and contemplate. Open to trans people and supporters alike. No need to book, just turn up. Call 0131 523 1100 if you would like to speak to someone before attending.

Scottish Transgender Alliance TDoR Event:
[Edinburgh] 20th November, 11am – 2.30pm, City Art Centre, 2 Market St, EH1 1DE. A creative workshop which will be a chance for transgender people and their allies to create something in celebration of trans lives, to challenge hatred, and to express what TDoR means to them. The group will be guided through some activities and discussions to create their own pieces: we will be using trans activism resources as well as our own stories and responses to create poems with ‘found’ elements (words and phrases taken from other writing), which can take the form of performance pieces, collages, or written words. People of any level of writing ability and knowledge of trans issues are welcome; the workshop will be relaxed, informal and inclusive. The event will be run as a safe space, so respect is the main criteria for participating. Participants will have the chance (if they would like to) to read their pieces (or to have someone else read them) at the remembrance service at Augustine United Church on Saturday 24th November at 7pm. Booking is preferable so that we can plan for number of workshop participants. To book, please contact nathan@equality-network.org

Our Tribe TDoR Event:
[Edinburgh] 24th November, 7pm, Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge EH7 6JH. TDoR Commemoration Evening featuring songs and stories from singer songwriter Simon de Voil. All welcome.

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:

Scottish Women’s Aid Annual Conference: Domestic Abuse Stops…
[Edinburgh] 5th February, 10am – 3.45pm, Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, Grosvenor St, EH12 5EF.  Full details: http://digbig.com/5bgrys

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From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:

Music And Liberation Exhibition At Glasgow Women’s Library:
[Glasgow] Monday – Friday 09.30 – 16.30 until Friday 24th November. The exhibition has been curated by Debi Withers, one of the women behind the Women’s Liberation Music Archive.
http://digbig.com/5bgsay

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From CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND:

A Man’s Place: including and engaging fathers and male carers:
[Glasgow] 20 November, Glasgow Marriot Hotel. On the day after International Mens Day, this conference will examine how best to make services relevant and able to involve fathers positively in their children’s lives, how to make the National Parenting strategy fit for fathers and their children and what we really need to do to listen effectively and respond to what real dads want. Conference themes: Making the National Parenting Strategy fit for fathers and their children and making it work on a local level; Including and reaching out to fathers and male carers; Understanding new kinds of fatherhood and family; Listening and responding to what real dads want; Balancing the demands of work and fatherhood. Contributors include: Hilary Third, The Scottish Government; Dr Jan Peeters, University of Ghent, Belgium; Dr Kat Allen, Children in Scotland; Thomas Lynch, Founder, Dads Rock; Ian Maxwell, Families need Fathers Scotland; Roger Olley MBE, Sector specialist Father and male inclusion. Prices from 119 with extra member’s discount. http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/fathers

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From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:

Racist Incident Reporting In Scotland’s Schools: Research Report Launch Event:
[Glasgow] 5th December, 2pm – 4pm, Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sheriff Court, Brunswick St, G1 1TF. Ideally, racist incident recording in schools should provide a barometer to gauge the extent to which racism manifests itself within school premises. But is it working in Scotland’s schools? Full event info at http://enf.org.uk/blog/?p=3920  Free event. Contact: Nadia Rafiq at CRER, email nadia@crer.org.uk or call 0141 418 6530. Closing date for bookings: Friday 30th November

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From BEMIS & GRAMNet:

GRAMNet Film Series: The Moon Is Jewish: Poland (2011), Dir: Michał Tkaczyński, Running time: 45 mins:
[Glasgow]  22nd November, 5.30pm, CCA. In observance of International Day For Tolerance. A subculture of football fans and Judaism – can anyone imagine a stronger antagonism? Paweł, a former skinhead, used to build his identity on hatred. Yet several years ago he underwent a spiritual transformation and became an Orthodox Jew. This challenging documentary is a thought-provoking study in both conflicted identity and the complexities of self discovery, as Paweł attempts his integration into a new world following the discovery that his family was Jewish. Abandoning both the friends and lifestyle that had come to define him as a young man, Paweł finds himself isolated from the ties to his past, yet once again cast as the outsider in Warsaw’s tiny Jewish community. Directed by Michał Tkaczyński, The Moon is Jewish is a fascinating look at the personal reconciliation of two diametrically opposed identities, and the social and religious bonds that shape our sense of self.  Screenings are free of charge, open to all & start at 5.30pm. Should you wish to reserve a ticket for any of the screenings, please contact the CCA: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/home

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From ABERDEEN WOMEN’S ALLIANCE:

International Day For Elimination Of Violence Against Women:
[Aberdeen] Sunday, 25th November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. AWA will be outside Marks and Spencer in the city centre to raise money for Rape Abuse and Support in Aberdeen as well as organising a petition to the Scottish Government who cut the centre’s funding by 50% this year.  Members of AWA will be there from 2pm and available to talk about the issue of violence against women and the matter of funding for RAS (Rape and Abuse Support) and you are welcome to come along and sign the petition.  For more information contact Charlotte Kedslie, Aberdeen City Council, CKedslie@aberdeencity.gov.uk 01224 522973 or 07917326639

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From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:

GDA November Bulletin: Workshops And Taster Sessions:
November’s Bulletin gives details of a wide range of workshops and taster sessions, for people of all ages and backgrounds. All workshops are accessible with free lunch provided, and transport if required. Go to http://www.gdaonline.co.uk to access the Bulletin. For more information call 0141 556 7103, Text 07548 148017 or Email info@gdaonline.co.uk

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From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:

Feminism In Action 2013 Calendar:
http://digbig.com/5bgscb

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From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:

Welfare Reform:
[Glasgow] 26th November, 2pm – 4pm. Glasgow City Council has been working with the Fraser of Allander Institute to analyse the potential impact of the UK Government’s Welfare Reform proposals on the people of Glasgow. The analysis makes stark reading and has serious implications for many working in Glasgow’s voluntary sector. GCVS members are invited to a special meeting to hear about the findings to date and to consider what this will mean for their services and the people who use them. GCVS wants to hear about how this major shift in Government policy is likely to affect you, our members, and what you would like us to do to support you, so there will be space for discussion at the meeting.
http://www.gcvs.org.uk/whats_on/1964_gcvs_membership_matters

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From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND and YOUTH SCOTLAND:

National Learning Network:
LGBT Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland are launching a new National Learning Network: a quarterly event consisting of training, best practice sharing, and advice and support around working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. The network is aimed at Youth and Community Workers, Youth Work Volunteers and other professionals working with young people, but all are welcome. Each event will include taster training sessions from LGBT Youth Scotland including: Working with LGBT Young People; Dealing with Homophobia; LGBT History Month; Transgender Awareness; LGBT Charter of Rights; LGBT Domestic Abuse. Youth work training sessions from Youth Scotland will include: Curriculum for Excellence; Youth Achievement Awards; Board Meeting Committee Skills. Each event will also include: LGBT Surgery: advice and support from experts on setting up and running an LGBT youth group; LGBT Spotlights: case studies and sharing best practice; LGBT YS Updates: overview of local and national projects and events for young people.
[Kilmarnock] 29th November, 10.30 – 4pm. This event will focus on education. LGBT Youth Scotland will be presenting the findings from their new education report and will deliver a practical training session on dealing with homophobia. Youth Scotland will also be delivering a hands-on introduction to Curriculum for Excellence, which has a particular focus on the contribution youth work can make to this key educational policy.
[St Andrews] 6th February, 10.30 – 4pm. This event will include a taster training session on increasing knowledge and understanding of transgender identities and issues, focusing on definitions, legislation and including trans people in your service. Youth Scotland will also deliver an introduction to their Bored Meetings training- an engaging course to provide young people with a range of committee skills.
To register: https://lgbtyouth.wufoo.com/forms/z7p3m9/ or email euan.platt@lgbtyouth.org.uk

National Learning Network Host:
Would you like the National Learning Network to hold a future event in your area? We are looking for hosts from across Scotland to provide us with venues for the network. If you think your area would benefit from hosting an event and could provide us with a suitable room, please get in touch. Email info@lgbtyouth.org.uk with your requests.

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Commission Welcomes Progress In Meat And Poultry Processing Industry’s Treatment Of Agency Workers (13/11/12):
A taskforce set up by the Commission has helped the meat and poultry processing industry bring about marked improvements in the way both British and migrant agency workers are treated, according to a report published today.
http://digbig.com/5bgsan

Commission Welcomes Court’s Decision In Devon Care Home Case (09/11/12):
The EHRC has welcomed a Court decision which confirms that public authorities should consider the needs of older and disabled people when planning their services.
http://digbig.com/5bgsam

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From UPDATES:

The Decision Not To Reappoint The Equality And Human Rights Commission’s Only Disabled Commissioner Has Raised Fresh Concerns Over The Government’s Plans For The Watchdog:
http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?page=495

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From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:

Exchange Of Letters About The Equality And Human Rights Commission (Guardian 13/11/12):
A letter from Maria Miller, the Minister for Women and Equalities, about the EHRC was published in The Guardian on 8 November. Margaret Prosser, interim chair of the EHRC, responded on behalf of the EHRC board in a letter published on 13 November
http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?p=22113

Equality Commissioners Defend Record After Maria Miller’s Attack On Their Work (Guardian 12/11/12):
EHRC head says new culture secretary appears to have been badly briefed
http://digbig.com/5bgsaw

Letter From Maria Miller: ‘Reforming The Equality Commission’ (Guardian 08/11/12):
A letter from Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, about reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was published in the Guardian on 9 November 2012.
http://digbig.com/5bgsaq

Review Of The Work Capability Assessment:
‘The People’s Review of the Work Capability Assessment’ from We Are Spartacus was published in November 2012.
http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?p=22186

Business In The Community – Race And Gender Benchmarking Survey (08/11/12):
In November 2012, Business in the Community launched the results of the UK’s biggest race and gender benchmarking survey.
http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?p=21973

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From GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE:

‘Women Are At The Heart Of Economic Growth’ – Maria Miller (14/11/12):
First keynote speech by Women and Equalities Minister sets out plans to remove barriers to the workplace.
http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9517.aspx

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From FAWCETT:

Fawcett Welcomes Extension Of The Right To Request Flexible Working (12/11/12):
The Fawcett Society has today welcomed government plans to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, along with proposals to introduce more flexible parental leave.
http://fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1292

Fawcett Warns Of A ‘Backwards Step’ On Equal Pay (07/11/12):
Statement marking the day women ‘stop earning’
http://fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1289

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From END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (EVAW):

Children’s Minister Criticised For Failing To Attend Key Debate On Child Sexual Exploitation (13/11/12):
Women’s groups urge government to act to prevent sexual violence and child sexual abuse
http://digbig.com/5bgrsn

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From OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER:

Flexible Parental Leave To Revolutionise Parents’ Lives At Work And Home (13/11/12):
Radical reforms will allow both parents to share up to a year’s leave to look after their new-born children, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today.
http://digbig.com/5bgsac

Deputy Prime Minister Extends Funding To Tackle Hate Crime Against Muslims (08/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgryr

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From NCVO:

Giving Is Falling – It’s Time To Back Britain’s Charities(13/11/12) :
Today NCVO releases the results of our annual joint report with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – UK Giving 2012: http://digbig.com/5bgryd
Related: new campaign: Back Britain’s Charities: http://backbritainscharities.org.uk/

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From HOME OFFICE:

Home Secretary’s Statement On Historic Allegations Of Child Abuse In North Wales (06/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsbb

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From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

Open Courses: Health And Human Rights:
[London] 13th February 2013
[Birmingham] 26th February 2013
[Liverpool] 27th February 2013
Free day long events… will be of interest to individuals working on health-related issues in either the voluntary or statutory sectors and are funded by the Department of Health as part of a 3 year programme. The courses will cover the following general areas: The relevance of human rights to health and social care; How the Human Rights Act can be used to support better health and social care; Using human rights in your work (public sector and voluntary sector); Examples of good practice (public and voluntary sector)
http://www.bihr.org.uk/events/open-courses-health-and-human-rights

Are Health And Social Care Regulations “Red Tape”? (07/11/12):
Right now the Red Tape Challenge is looking at regulations and laws related to “The Healthy Living and Social Care”
http://digbig.com/5bgsbh

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From BARNARDO’S:

On The First Day Of The Government’s Consultation Looking To Redefine The Way Child Poverty Is Measured In The UK (15/11/12):
Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said
http://digbig.com/5bgsaf

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From ABORTION RIGHTS:

Protest On Saturday For Savita:
On Saturday 15th November, pro-choice supporters will gather outside the Irish Embassy in London to mark the death of Savita Halappavanar who died after being refused an abortion at a hospital in Galway, and to call on the Irish government to change its highly restrictive abortion laws.
http://www.abortionrights.org.uk/

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From REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Work Of UKBA Criticised In Committee Report: Our Response (09/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsbw

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From RNIB:

Charity Warns Councils To Follow The Rules Or Risk Wasting Taxpayers Money (14/11/12):
RNIB press release urging Councils to comply with guidelines for laying tactile paving
http://digbig.com/5bgsbr

Ombudsman’s Report Clarifies Rights Of Blind And Partially Sighted People To Access Books (14/11/12):
RNIB press release following the report by the Local Government Ombudsman
http://digbig.com/5bgsbs

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From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:

Grooming: An Open Letter To Nick Lowles (15/11/12):
Hope not Hate have initiated a debate on grooming, here Liz Fekete, long-time anti-fascist campaigner responds.
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/grooming-an-open-letter-to-nick-lowles/

Cartoon And Article Deemed Racist By NGO (15/11/12):
Below we reproduce a letter from the editor of the Travellers’ Times  to the Metro newspaper on a recent racist article and cartoon on Gypsies.
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/cartoon-and-article-deemed-racist-by-ngo/

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From MIND:

Mind Responds To Schizophrenia Commission Report (14/11/12):
Mind welcomes this important piece of research, which highlights the urgent need for improvement in the levels of support available to people experiencing severe mental health problems.
http://digbig.com/5bgsbj

Mental Health Charities Comment On NHS Mandate (13/11/12):
Mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness comment on the NHS Mandate published today.
http://digbig.com/5bgsbk

New ‘Fit For Work’ Figures (06/11/12):
Mind is concerned by new ‘fit for work’ figures released today.
http://www.mind.org.uk/news/7693_new_fit_for_work_figures

Working For A Fairer WCA (05/11/12):
Tom Pollard from Mind’s Policy team blogs about the fight to make sure that the Work Capability Assessment takes proper account of the difficulties faced by people with mental health problems.
http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/7679_working_for_a_fairer_wca

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From DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS:

Government Launches Consultation For Better Measurements Of Child Poverty (15/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsak

Providers Announced For Online Identity Scheme (13/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsaj

More Than A Third Of People On Incapacity Benefit Capable Of Work (06/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsah

Over £1m Of Government Funding Awarded To Grassroots Disability Organisations (04/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsag

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From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:

Measuring Child Poverty: Consultation Dodges A Key Issue (15/11/12):
The Government launched its consultation on measuring child poverty today. What should we make of it?
http://digbig.com/5bgsbd

Statement From Julia Unwin On Child Poverty Consultation (15/11/12):
JRF has long argued that poverty is about more than income, and we welcome any meaningful attempt to gain a full understanding of life in poverty.
http://digbig.com/5bgsbc

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INTERNATIONAL

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From ALLOUT.ORG:

Nigeria: Stop The “Jail The Gays” Bill:
http://www.allout.org/en/actions/nigeria-veto/taf

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From CREATIVE REVIEW:

BETC’s Bruising Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign (13/11/12):
campaign for Ni Putes Ni Soumises
http://digbig.com/5bgryb

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From OSOCIO:

“Artsy” Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign Is Lost In Translation:
http://digbig.com/5bgsbq

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From EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY:

A First Step Towards Meritocracy (Brussels, 14/11/12):
EWL welcomes Commission’s legislative proposal for greater gender balance on boards of administration and calls on EU legislators to strengthen text
http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article4244&lang=en

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From THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:

Mixed Reactions To Tonio Borg On LGBT Rights (Updated) (13/11/12):
Today Members of the European Parliament examined Tonio Borg’s bid to join the European Commission. MEPs express very mixed feelings after a 3-hour interview on the public health, environment and consumer protection portfolio.
http://digbig.com/5bgsby

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From ILGA-EUROPE:

First Ever Effort To Address Multiple Discrimination Suffered By Older LGBTI People In Europe (16/11/12):
http://digbig.com/5bgsbx

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