Equality Updates 23rd November 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
Disability History Month Scotland: 22nd November – 22nd December
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
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Scottish Welfare Help “Can Only Go So Far” – FM (21/11/12):
Salmond to tell voluntary sector only independence can secure a fairer Scotland.
Tackling Homelessness (21/11/12):
Right to settled accommodation becomes law.
National Risk Framework To Support The Assessment Of Children And Young People (20/11/12):
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION IN SCOTLAND:
Equality Law Bulletin November 2012:
Contents include: Human trafficking in Scotland: is the system responding?; Changes to the Equality Act 2010; The public sector duties; Fostering Understanding, Reducing Prejudice and Setting Equality Outcomes
Changes To The Equality Act 2010:
The government was consulting on proposals to repeal three sections of the Equality Act 2010: employer liability for the harassment of employees by third parties; employment tribunals’ power to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases; the procedure for obtaining information (the questionnaire procedure). Responses to these consultations and proposals for next steps have now been published. 71% of responses opposed the repeal of employer liability for the harassment of employees by third parties. However, the Government noted that “all business representative organisations supported repeal” and therefore they will repeal these provisions. In addition, 79% of those responding opposed the removal of employment tribunals’ power to make wider recommendations and 83% of respondents opposed the repeal of the questionnaire procedure. The government intends to implement these proposals nonetheless, stating that there was little quantifiable evidence to support repeal or retention. These provisions of course remain in force in the meantime. Read more: http://digbig.com/5bgshk
From COSLA STRATEGIC MIGRATION PARTNERSHIP:
Council Leaders Discuss Response To Human Trafficking (16/11/12):
The Leaders of Scotland’s 32 local authorities will discuss the manner in which COSLA and individual councils are working to tackle human trafficking at their monthly meeting in Edinburgh on Friday 16th November. CSMP has prepared a paper on the subject which Leaders will discuss during the meeting.
From SEE ME SCOTLAND:
See Me Commission: Volunteering Options:
‘see me’ is commissioning a short scoping study to help us develop new options for volunteering with the campaign. More information available from: http://digbig.com/5bgsha (pdf) Proposals to be submitted by 10am on Wednesday 12th December.
From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND and ENGENDER:
What Makes A Rape-Prone Society?:
[Edinburgh] 7th December, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AU. Engender and Rape Crisis Scotland invite you to a seminar exploring the concept of rape-prone societies. An event that links 16 Days’ activities and Engender’s “Feminists Talk Scotland’s Futures” series, this discussion will help us explore the links between rape and women’s inequality. Professor Miranda Horvath, David Jenkins Chair in Forensic and Legal Medicine at Middlesex London University, will make a presentation on the subject, followed by discussion. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 558 9596
From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:
Events Still To Come During The Eight Days Of Awareness Events On Adult Support And Protection:
[Glasgow] 26th Nov, 9.30 – 11.30am, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson St, G1 1UZ. Adult Support and Protection and Suicide, John Crawford, SAMH. This workshop will explore the role of Adult Support and Protection around suicide.
[Glasgow] Tuesday 27th Nov, 9.30 – 11.30am, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson St, G1 1UZ. The role of the police in Adult Support and Protection, Dougie McKinlay, Strathclyde Police. This informative two-hour session will look at the role Strathclyde Police plays in adult support and protection in Glasgow.
[Glasgow] Wednesday 28th Nov, 9.30 – 11.30am, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson St, G1 1UZ. Power of Attorney and Guardianship, Lesley Hurst: TC Young. A light hearted look at the issues raised by a solicitor and client in matters covered by the Adults with Incapacity legislation and in particular setting up a power of attorney or guardianship and why it is important to put these in place. The conversation is informal but gets a very serious message across that this is important legislation and something that we should all be aware of whether in a personal or professional role or in a work situation.
All sessions are FREE to attend and will last for no more than two hours. http://socialcareideasfactory.com/events/eight-days/
From MARYHILL INTEGRATION NETWORK:
Community Event To Mark The Launch Of 16 Days Of Action To Eliminate Violence Against Women:
[Glasgow] 26th November, 12pm (for 12.30pm start) – 2.30pm, Maryhill Community Centre, 35 Avenuepark St, G20 8TS. An opportunity to network, share information and experiences, and to raise awareness around the important issues associated with the 16 Days Campaign. The event will also mark the launch of the Oasis Women’s Groups’ latest collective art project, ‘We Belong to Glasgow’. International entertainment including poetry music and dance, activities and lunch will be provided for all
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Open Letter To The UN – Palestine Conflict (22/11/12):
Read an open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations from Dr Ahmad Harb, Commissioner General of the Palestine Independent Commission for Human Rights, on the conflict.
An Event For Survivors Of In Care Abuse & Their Adult Family Members & Support Workers:
[Glasgow] 10 December. The In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS) Annual General Meeting
Domestic Abuse and BME Women, Children and Young People:
[Edinburgh] 28th and 29th January. Shakti Women’s Aid Training. Open to all statutory & voluntary staff, community workers and interested individuals. The training takes place over a day and a half.
Justice Scotland Lecture – Human Rights Day:
[Edinburgh] 10 December. JUSTICE Scotland invites you to its Human Rights Day lecture, The Commission on a Bill of Rights, delivered by Professor Sir David Edward QC, member of UK Commission on a Bill of Rights
From CENTRAL AMERICAN WOMEN’S NETWORK, SCHOOL OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW and GLASGOW HUMAN RIGHT’S NETWORK:
Women Resisting Austerity And Exploitation: Global Struggles And Stories
[Glasgow] 30 November, 2 – 5pm, St Andrews building. With a deepening global recession, Europe is heading further intro crisis. Austerity plans are destroying rights and pushing millions into unemployment, while eroding basic welfare standards and destroying public services. People in the Global South have been resisting the consequences of neoliberal policies since 1980s: public sector job cuts, casualisation of labour and cuts to essential services and welfare benefits, all of which hit women the hardest. The Central America Women’s Network and War on Want… have invited the leaders of two feminist organisations from Honduras and South Africa that defend and promote the rights of women and women workers. Their experiences are part of the same global struggle against injustice. For more details and registration see: http://digbig.com/5bgsjw
From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:
The Lighthouse Design Impact Award Goes To Creator Of Swimming Pool Lift For People With Limited Mobility (19/11/12):
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
From EDINBURGH AND LOTHIANS REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL (ELREC):
Edinburgh’s 1st Triennial Hate Crime Survey 2012:
Edinburgh’s 1st Triennial Hate Crime Survey 2012 is being conducted by ELREC in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian and Borders Police and Edinburgh’s Hate Crime Strategy Development Group (HCSDG). The Survey will be the first of a triennial survey to assess hate crime in Edinburgh. We kindly request that you participate in the survey, as it will provide useful information on perceptions of hate crime and suggestions on how it can be tackled. The survey will be available in the following formats: Online – Click Here for the Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EHateCrimeSurvey Hardcopy: Please call our office on 0131 556 0441 if you would like to request a paper copy. We would be grateful if you could circulate this survey to your networks and encourage your friends, family, colleagues, service users and others to participate in the survey. For more information on the survey please visit http://www.elrec.org.uk/survey.htm or you can contact Deborah Clark on 0131 556 0441 or DClark@elrec.org.uk or email@example.com If you require assistance with the completion of the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can arrange for one of our volunteers to help you with the form.
Hate Crime: Organisational Mapping Survey:
EVOC is conducting an organisational mapping survey on behalf of the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership ….to gain a better understanding of the range of third sector services / projects around the city that aim to tackle the problem of hate crime.
From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:
Public Sector Equality Duty Portal:
The PSED Portal provides voluntary and community sector organisations and other interested parties with easy access to information and documentation regarding the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Scottish Specific Duties. The Portal aims to provide groups and individuals with a better understanding of the implications of the General and Specific duties for them and for public bodies in Scotland.
From HIV SCOTLAND:
World AIDS Conference Feedback Seminar:
[Edinburgh] 29 November, 10am-1pm
From CHILDREN 1ST:
See. Hear. Speak. Act On Sexual Abuse:
CHILDREN 1ST launches a campaign on child sexual abuse, urging people to open their eyes, listen to children and help them speak up when things are wrong.
From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:
Free Learning Opportunities For Young Disabled People During November And December 2012:
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
DAVID CAMERON SPEECH AT CBI CONFERENCE, 19TH NOVEMBER: COMMENTS ON EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENTS:
From THE GUARDIAN: David Cameron And Ed Miliband Speak At CBI: Politics Live Blog (19/11/12):
See comments at 11.25am and 1.28pm. And then at 3.19pm: “Now that we’ve established that David Cameron was not abolishing equality impact assessments this morning, but just reminding civil servants that they have already been abolished, it’s time to quote what Ceri Goddard, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, is saying about the speech… ”
From CRER (via Twitter): Cameron ‘calls time’ on EIA: no change in legal terms. English Specific Duties so flimsy that this approach meets them. bit.ly/Xs09Ol (19/11/12)
From BBC: Cameron ‘Calls Time’ On Labour’s Equality Impact Assessments (19/11/12):
From FAWCETT: Cameron’s Comments On Equality Are ‘Hugely Irresponsible’ (19/11/12):
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM: Prime Minister’s speech ‘calling time on Equality Impact Assessments’ (20/11/12): On 19 November 2012, David Cameron gave a speech to the CBI conference about ‘plans to help British business thrive’, in which he said ‘we are calling time on Equality Impact Assessments’. Links to statements from EDF members: http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?p=22302
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Commission Launches New Guide To Home Care And Human Rights (23/11/12):
Commission Welcomes New Figures From ONS Indicating Gender Pay Gap Has Narrowed (22/11/12):
Stonewall Publishes Ground-Breaking Health Briefings (21/11/12):
Sir Ian Mckellen Backs Stonewall’s Anti-Bullying Campaign (16/11/12):
In Response To The Publication Of The Interim Report By The Office Of The Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry Into Child Sexual Exploitation By Gangs And Groups (21/11/12):
From END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (EVAW):
Government Must Act To Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Say Women’s Groups (21/11/12):
Tackling harmful behaviour in boys and ensuring support for all victims essential
From HOME OFFICE:
Flexible Changes To Immigration Rules For The Brightest And Best (22/11/12):
Government extends offer already available for highly skilled migrants
From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Why It Is Important We All Get To Grips With Debates On Human Rights And Voting Issues (20/11/12):
From ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON MIGRATION:
Call For Evidence: Parliamentary Inquiry Into New Family Migration Rules:
This parliamentary inquiry, launched on 20 November 2012, will explore the impacts of new rules on family migration. It will specifically focus on changes which make it more difficult to sponsor spouses and partners, or elderly dependents, to come to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Urgent Action Needed To Protect Children From Sexual Exploitation (21/11/12):
A nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner has found that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups in the 14 month period from August 2010 to October 2011. The Inquiry also identified that between April 2010 and March 2011 there were 16,500 children in England who were at high risk of child sexual exploitation. This is the equivalent of twenty medium-sized secondary schools.
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Dismantling Racial Justice (22/11/12):
The coalition’s proposals to restrict judicial review and to abolish measures which safeguard race equality amount to a further assault on migrants, asylum seekers and BME communities, in the guise of promoting economic growth.
Our Comment On Harrington’s Third Review (20/11/12):
Mind comments on Harrington’s third review of the Work Capability Assessment.
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
UKBA Asylum Backlog In Chaos, Reports Says: Our Response (22/11/12):
From DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS:
Hoban: The Work Capability Assessment Continues To Improve (20/11/12):
Drive To Get More Disabled People Into Mainstream Jobs Through Access To Work (19/11/12):
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Lunch Clubs – A Social Lifeline For Older People (22/11/12):
From INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
IGLHRC Statement On The 14th Annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance (20/11/12):
From COUNCIL OF EUROPE:
Conference On Tackling Hate Speech:
[Budapest] 27th November
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
The Disability Movement Calls For Social Investments To Protect The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities From The Crisis (18/11/12):
ILGA-Europe’s Statement On The Transgender Day Of Remembrance (20/11/12):
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