Equality Updates 15th February 2013

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

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February is LGBT History Month:
Events across Scotland: http://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Victim Notification Scheme – Long-Term Offenders, Short-Term Sex Offenders And Offenders With Extended Sentences: Guidance For Victims (11/02/13):
Guidance on VNS in relation to long-term offenders and short-tern sex offenders
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/02/6725

Remploy Meeting (13/02/13):
Call for UK Government to rethink future of Remploy sites.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/02/remploy13022013

Victims And Witnesses (Scotland) Bill – Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Results (13/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275198

Integration Of Adult Health And Social Care In Scotland Consultation: Scottish Government Response (13/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275184

Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery Of Public Services, Central Government Strategy (12/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275136

The Employability Fund – Equality Impact Assessment (12/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275218

Consultation On The Proposed Community Empowerment And Renewal Bill – Easy Read Summary Analysis Of Responses (11/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275172

Information Disclosure About Child Sex Offenders Booklet (08/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275121

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Event To Inform Inquiry Into Health Inequalities (15/02/13):
The views of charities, individuals, the NHS and the third sector are among those that will help to shape an inquiry into health inequalities that the Health and Sport Committee plan to launch later on this year.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/59667.aspx

Public Services Must Collaborate To Address Demographic Change, Says Finance Committee (11/02/13):
Radical reform to ensure public services collaborate effectively is needed if Scotland is to cope with its ageing population, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/59611.aspx

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From GLASGOW WOMEN’S VOLUNTARY SECTOR NETWORK:

Celebrating International Women’s Day: GWVSN Open Space Event: In Celebration Of Women: Our Strengths, Our Struggles, Our Achievements And Our Aspirations:
[Glasgow] 14th March, 10am – 4pm, The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square. The ‘Open Space’ way of working was created in 1985 and brings people together to discuss a common theme. Open Space is fully participative, there are no talking heads, and believes that the participants are the real experts.  Just come along with an open mind and your thoughts and opinions. Registration closing date is Friday 8th March 2013.  More info at http://digbig.com/5bhaxa

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From OSCR:

Charities And Equality (23/01/13):
Read our interim equality guidance for charities.
http://digbig.com/5bhaxt

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From CENTRE FOR EDUCATION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN SCOTLAND (CERES):

AHRC Grant Awarded: To Investigate ‘Non-Muslim’ And Muslim Youth: Religious Identities, Islmophobia And Everyday Geopolitics:
http://www.ceres.education.ed.ac.uk/

CERES Conference 2013: Racism and Anti-Racism through Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange:
[Edinburgh] 26th – 28th June.

http://www.ceres.education.ed.ac.uk/

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From THIRD FORCE NEWS:

Scottish Charities Are Lagging Behind On Equalities Warns OSCR (07/02/13):
New guidelines on the responsibilities of Scottish charities under equality laws have been published by the Scottish charity regulator.
http://digbig.com/5bhaxr

Domestic Abuse Support Rolled Out Nationally (07/02/13):
The head of Scotland’s new single police force this week vowed to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to report crimes. Speaking at the Scottish Women’s Aid annual conference, chief constable Steven House said Police Scotland, which comes into effect on 1 April, will make better use of community facilities to help women who experience violence at home.
http://digbig.com/5bhaxs

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From SCOTTISH COUNCIL ON DEAFNESS:

Census Gives “Wrong Impression” Says British Deaf Association (14/02/13):
The British Deaf Association says the census gives a “wholly wrong impression” of the number of sign language users and should not be used to justify cuts.
http://digbig.com/5bhaye

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From THE SCOTSMAN:

Domestic Abuse Figures Still ‘Scotland’s Shame’ (15/02/13):
Domestic abuse remains Scotland’s “national shame”, a leading police officer said, as the number of cases rose over the festive period.
http://digbig.com/5bhayf

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From CEMVO SCOTLAND:

Progressing Together?: A Major Conference To Explore The Role Of Community Empowerment In Mainstreaming Of Race / Equalities Across The Public Sector:
[Edinburgh] 28th March. Full details at at http://digbig.com/5bhagx

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From HANZALA MALIK MSP and GLASGOW HOUSING ASSOCIATION:

Changes To Your Benefits? Are You Ready?:
Hanzala Malik MSP invites you to a free seminar. The UK Government’s Welfare Reform proposals will result in big changes in benefit for working age tenants. This event is being held in conjunction with GHA to inform ethnic minority communities about forthcoming changes to benefits and where to go for help and advice. If you are working age and receiving benefit you should attend this event. Free Seminar. To book: email Anwari.Din@scottish.parliament.uk or call 0141 218 4567

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From TOGETHER:

Local action to tackle child poverty in Scotland (08/02/13):
Save the Children Scotland has recently published a report, co-authored by Eurochild member John McKendrick, which reviews how child poverty is being tackled locally in Scotland, UK.
http://togetherscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/detail/?news=496

Young Digital: Using Digital Research With Children And Young People (12/02/13):
Young Digital, a website about using digital research with children and young people, has been created by The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and is now live. Young Digital has advice, guidance, case studies, audio, videos and slideshows about how digital media can be used in research.
http://digbig.com/5bhawn

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From LGBT HISTORY MONTH SCOTLAND:

Demonstrably Happy: The Positive Potential Of Same Sex Marriage
[Edinburgh] 23rd Feb, 6.30pm – 9pm, Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL. £5/£3 concessions. Part of the 2013 Middle East Festival Forum on Spirituality, Equality and Community. Hosted by Our Tribe (LGBT ministry at Augustine United Church). Speaker: Dr Lesley Orr: http://digbig.com/5bhawy

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From HIV SCOTLAND:

Minorities, Communities & BBVs Conference:
[Glasgow] 13th March. A FREE conference organised by HIV Scotland and Hepatitis Scotland, supported by Health Protection Scotland.
http://digbig.com/5bhawk

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From VOLUNTARY ACTION SCOTLAND:

Third Sector Engagement With Health And Social Care – Where Next?:
[Glasgow] 27th February, 1pm – 4.30pm. A collaborative event for third sector organisations involved in the shifting landscape of health and social care. http://www.gatherscotland.org.uk/view-event/?EventID=20

‘Older People’s Strategic Commissioning And The Third Sector’:
[Glasgow] 28th February, 12pm. This will be an interactive workshop hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance which will draw on the experience of staff from Third Sector organisations that have been at the forefront of this work and other strategic partnership processes; and will explore how the sector continues to influence strategic development and implementation going forward.
http://www.gatherscotland.org.uk/view-event/?EventID=25

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From LEARNING DISABILITY ALLIANCE SCOTLAND:

Is Self Directed Support Failing:
A new research paper has been published by Peter Beresford and two other researchers that looks at how Resource Allocation Systems (RAS) are working to deliver personal budgets.
http://digbig.com/5bhasd

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From IRISS:

Evaluation Of Healthcare Improvement: How Do We Know We Are Making A Difference?:
[Glasgow] 19th March, 11am – 3.30pm, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane G1 3NU. Symposium that aims to: Raise understanding of what evaluation covers; Hear real world stories and case studies of evaluation; Help to develop an evaluation framework for Healthcare Improvement Scotland projects; Promote networking among participants Attendees will hear from experienced evaluators about their approaches and examples of evaluation and you will receive advice from participants to equip people to undertake and effectively commission evaluation studies. This event is open to colleagues from different NHS organisations, primary research organisations, public partners and representatives from the voluntary sector. For further information, please contact Eleanor Brownlee eleanor.brownlee@nhs.net

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From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:

SNAP! What Does It Mean For Race Equality?:
[Glasgow] 21st February, 1pm – 4pm, Scottish Youth Theatre, G1 1TF. This seminar will explore Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), its implications for race equality and the importance of involvement in the development of SNAP for Scotland’s Black and minority ethnic communities. Speakers from CRER and the Scottish Human Rights Commission will set the scene for participants to discuss their priorities for the development of SNAP.  The results of the seminar will be used to develop a consultation response, highlighting priorities for race equality as raised by seminar participants. This will assist the SHRC in making Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights strong, inclusive and reflective of the diverse needs of our communities. The event will feature: An overview of SNAP and its implications for race equality in Scotland; Discussion to identify participants’ priorities for the development of SNAP; Information on how organisations and individuals can participate in the wider SNAP consultation process. Book now for this free event to ensure your place: http://www.crer.org.uk/training/snap

Glasgow 2014 Volunteer Event:
[Glasgow] 20th February, 5.30pm – 6.45pm. The deadline for volunteering applications is 28th February 2013. So if you’re interested in becoming a Glasgow 2014 volunteer – we want to hear from you! CRER are hosting an event with Glasgow 2014 for anyone and everyone that may be interested in finding out more about the 2014 Games.  Voluntary sector organisations; organisations working with BME communities; community based groups; and BME communities will also find this event useful. More info: contact Kam on 0141 418 6530 or email: kam@crer.org.uk and visit http://www.crer.org.uk/about-crer/glasgow-2014-volunteer-event

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:

CWASU – OCC Young People And Sexual Relationships Study:
Know any young people aged 13 – 18? Please send them this link and ask them to complete the Give ‘n’ Get survey. It’s for an important piece of research into sexual consent and young people and needs to be shared as widely as possible. Thanks: http://www.givenget.info

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:

See, Hear, Speak Out. A Day School From Scottish Women’s Aid For Students And Young People:
[Edinburgh] 16th March, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Workshops on Visibility and employability-women and the workplace,by Close the Gap and ELREC; Online Worlds-creep shots, fan pics and the law, by Angus Women’s Aid; Domestic abuse – what does it look like?, by Scottish Women’s aid; 99 problems and rape culture’s one, by Scottish Women’s Aid; “That’s so gay” language matters, the impact of language in political and popular discourse, by LGBT Youth Domestic Abuse Project; Are you ok? Top tips for listening and supporting friends and family, by Shakti Women’s Aid; Are you ok? Top tips for listening and supporting friends and family, by Shakti Women’s Aid. Networking event: Feminism Works!; Speak out Session: Feminist spring? Global action; global change, Jane Carnell, Abortion Rights Edinburgh and Lisa Rigby, peace activist/Shakti Women’s Aid; Being an active Bystander- hollaback and get savi, Ellie Hutchinson, Scottish Women’s Aid and Emily Martin, Hollaback Edinburgh;  Get Active! Top tips for activists, Talat Yaqoob, White Ribbon Scotland.  Sign up at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dayschool

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From STUC:

Women’s Conversations: Women, Equality And Constitutional Change In Scotland And In Catalonia:
[Glasgow] 18th Feb, 2pm – 4pm, STUC, 333 Woodlands Rd, G3 6NG. The STUC Women’s Committee Chair, Eileen Dinning (UNISON), invites you to an event for women to discuss the call for a Referendum for independence in Catalonia, the Spanish Government’s reactions, and the response from women, with Tania Verge, a guest speaker from Barcelona.  Women’s organisations active in Scotland, including the trade unions, will also make contributions on the forthcoming Referendum in Scotland. All welcome. To attend email Helen Carson hcarson@stuc.org.uk or call 0141 337 8100, so that we can confirm numbers. Please also advise in advance of any special attendance requests.  Tania Verge is a feminist political scientist from the University of Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona. She will be reporting on the growing popular demands for Catalonia to break away from the rest of Spain. After the Catalonian regional elections held in November, which swept pro-independence parties to power, it looks inevitable that an independence referendum will be staged in 2014, despite the opposition of the Spanish Government. She will discuss how feminists in civil society and political parties are responding and what constitutional change might mean for women and for gender equality? Tania is in Scotland to participate in an open event ‘Gender Equality Matters in  a new Scotland’, Edinburgh 14/15 February, organised through the Scottish Universities Insight Institute: http://digbig.com/5bhawp

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From BEMIS, STUC, SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL, ‘SEE ME’, and GRAMNET:

Positive On Employment Conference:

[Glasgow] 26th February, 09.30 – 3.30pm, University of Glasgow. A free conference covering crucial thematic topics in relation to: positive action on employment in relation to diversity; internships for graduates; migrants and employment; mental health and wellbeing; and inclusive recruitment. Keynote speakers include Ms Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, and Mr Martin Sime, Chief Executive of SCVO, in addition to other speakers and a number of workshops on the conference’s various themes. To attend email conference@bemis.org.uk or contact Neil Foster at BEMIS on 0141 548 8047, and give your name, organisation, contact information and any dietary or access requirements.

Graduate Equalities Internships: Is Your Organisation Interested In Creating An Internship Opportunity?:
Graduate Equalities Internships is a new pilot programme created through a partnership with SCVO, BEMIS, CEMVO, Inclusion Scotland and the Scottish Government.  It will provide paid Internship opportunities for young unemployed graduates from ethnic minorities and or young people with disabilities within third sector organisations. The funding for each internship will cover 35 hours a week at £6.19/hr for 13 weeks plus the employer National Insurance costs.  Through the pilot we are looking to create and fill a small number of the Graduate Equalities Internship opportunities by the end of March 2013.  If you are interested in creating an internship opportunity, or if you have any other questions please contact equalityinterns@scvo.org.uk for further details

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From ENGENDER:

Transformative Economics: Shaping A Sustainable, Secure, And Supportive Scotland: Engender’s International Women’s Day Conference 2013:
[Edinburgh] 8th March, 9.30 – 4pm. It is becoming increasingly clear that current economic models are not working… ‘50 years of 2% growth’ have produced ‘the greatest inequality in Europe’… that’s not the sort Scotland most of us aspire to. It is TIME for a change. Join us to explore what the application of feminist economic principles would do for Scotland – for our women, our men, our children, our economy, our environment, and our relations with the world.  Book at http://engender.eventbrite.co.uk
Get Involved In UN Women Scotland! All Women Are Welcome!
[Glasgow] 21st February, 6 – 8pm, Glasgow Caledonian University. If you would like to be involved in the second meeting of UN Women Scotland and help create a structure for the group join us on the 21st. Please RSVP to info@engender.org.uk or call 0131 558 9596. What happens next – becoming operational; Allocation of practical tasks; Creating a committee or some sort of coordinating body; Structure and process

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From GLASGOW 2014:

Only Two Weeks Left To Apply!:
The deadline for applying to become a Glasgow 2014 volunteer is fast approaching. There are only two weeks left to apply, but don’t worry, it’s a straightforward process – just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete your online application by 28 February. Take a chance on volunteering and you could be part of the biggest sporting event in Scottish history. Volunteers are at the heart of the Games. You’re the people who will help make this one-off event something that people will be talking about for years to come. Whether you’re trackside at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome watching the venue’s namesake fly by, or are part of our medical support team, your role will be vital. There are loads of roles to apply for and previous volunteering experience isn’t necessary. Just visit our website to find out more and watch our In a nutshell video that gives you all the info on volunteering you’ll need. If you’re concerned about covering the cost of volunteering, the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme could help. The programme has been created to provide practical and financial support to those that wouldn’t otherwise be able to apply, like travel, accommodation and childcare funding. We can provide you with more details if your application is successful or visit http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/Scotland for the latest news. Don’t put it off – apply today: http://volunteering.glasgow2014.com/

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From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:

Women Involved In Indoors Prostitution In Greater Glasgow And Clyde Area:
I am currently undertaking some research for the Adult Support and Protection Liaison Group through the Women’s Support Project on the needs of women specifically involved in indoor prostitution in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area. I am hoping to identify some of the gaps in current services to help develop a better support system for these women. We are particularly interested in finding out the range of vulnerabilities and risks that women may have or experience in indoor prostitution and to get a better sense of what services are currently engaging with the women. I have created two surveys, one for service providers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GYRH696 and one for women involved in off-street prostitution: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G2W3W9T  Please pass this survey onto relevant members of staff, relevant partnerships / forums and networks in the Greater Glasgow area. I would also appreciate it if you could pass the information on the survey onto women who use your service who may or may not have been involved in prostitution themselves or may know of other women who have. Please feel free to contact me, Hannah Brown Hannah05@live.co.uk, or Linda Thompson at WSP, lindawsproject@btconnect.com, if you have any questions

End Female Genital Cutting!:
Today, February 6, is internationally recognised as a day for promoting the abandonment of female genital cutting. Orchid Project is marking the day by launching a new map on their website – explore it to find out more about FGC around the world. Also includes a section on how you can help to end female genital cutting.
http://digbig.com/5bhaym

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From LGBT CENTRE FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING:

Community Discussion: ‘Coming Out’ Conversations:
[Edinburgh] 20th February, 6.30 – 9.30pm
http://digbig.com/5bhaxx

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From EQUALITY NETWORK:

The Effects Of The Westminster Equal Marriage Bill On Scotland:
People have asked us how the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Westminster, for equal marriage in England and Wales, affects Scotland. It is the Scottish bill (the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill) that will enable same-sex marriage in Scotland. It will also enable gender recognition without dissolution of a marriage registered in Scotland. However, the Westminster bill will have some effects on people living in Scotland. These are quite complex, and we have written an explanation of them, which you can find at: http://digbig.com/5bhawr (PDF). The Westminster bill is now at its Committee stage in the Commons. Today, the Committee heard oral evidence from supporters and opponents of equal marriage. If you are interested in following the debates on the bill at Westminster, you can find the links from this page: http://digbig.com/5bhaws

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From EQUALITY NETWORK and LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:

Celebrating Intersectional Equality:
[Stirling] 28th February, 9.30 – 2.30pm. Many LGB and T people have intersectional identities. For example: we are also disabled and/or from minority ethnic backgrounds. Our needs can be complex and we can experience unique barriers to accessing your services. Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in intersectional specific work in Scotland. Many organisations have been doing their bit to make their services more inclusive of people with intersectional identities. We will be celebrating this by exchanging stories about our work and building a timeline of intersectional work in Scotland. This timeline will be put on-line so that we can all share our intersectional work more easily and encourage each other to continue to include people with intersectional identities. We will also be listening to personal testimonies and exchanging ideas about how to make your service more inclusive of all LGB and T people. Everyone is most welcome to bring intersectional resources to distribute.
http://lgbthistory2013.eventbrite.co.uk/#

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From SCOTTISH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:

ACE Support For Community Groups – Rolling Programme:
Community groups in Scotland are invited to apply for support as part of ACE’s rolling programme. ACE stands for Achieving Community Empowerment and is a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland (BIG). It is a programme of support for community groups and within it we will provide at least 10 days of support. The support will focus on the following areas: Helping groups to identify what they’re good at and where they need to improve/become more effective; Helping groups to develop a plan of action in order to make their required changes; Supporting groups to put their plan into action; Sitting down with groups at the end of the year to review progress and identify what needs to be done next; Networking at the end of the year to share learning and experiences. The ACE flyer provides more information: http://digbig.com/5bhawt (PDF) If you are interested in applying just let us know and we’ll send you an application form and guidance notes. Contact Aileen Skillen (aileen@scdc.org.uk) or Alison Hamill (alison@scdc.org.uk) or phone 0141 248 1924.

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From ABERDEEN COUNCIL OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS:

Insight Aberdeen: Third Sector and Volunteering Fayre
[Aberdeen] 20th July, 10am—3pm. ACVO’s annual Third Sector and Volunteering Fayre, is a chance for third sector organisations to showcase the valuable and varied work which they carry out around the City: http://www.acvo.org.uk/Insight/

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From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:

Provision Of HIV Prevention To Young Gay And Bisexual Men (13/02/13):
A new report on the provision of HIV prevention to young gay and bisexual men is now available.
https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/news/HIVPreventionLothian

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From WISE WOMEN:

Free Personal Safety Taster Workshop:
[Glasgow] Saturday 23rd February, 1pm – 3pm, or Tuesday 12th March, 6.30 – 8.30pm, or Tuesday 19th March, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, The Albany, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. Wise Women in partnership with GCVS are providing a series of Free Personal Safety Workshops for women in Glasgow. Any woman can feel at risk of or experience abuse and crime in her home, on the street, on public transport or at work. This 2 hour workshop will teach simple but effective techniques and shock tactics that will help you identify, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations and is open to women of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. To book: phone or email The Albany Centre on: Telephone: 0141 354 6521 Email: outreach@gcvs.org.uk

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From ONE PARENT FAMILIES SCOTLAND:

Are The Recession And Changes To The Benefit System Affecting You And Your Family?:
Fill out our short survey and help us build a profile of family life in Scotland: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GYZC6ND

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From GLASGOW CENTRE FOR POPULATION HEALTH:

Social Capital And The Health And Wellbeing Of Children And Adolescents (January 2013):
http://digbig.com/5bhaxq

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From THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH: CENTRE FOR POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCES:

Edinburgh Ethnicity & Health Research Group (EEHRG): Latest Newsletter Now Available:
http://www.cphs.mvm.ed.ac.uk/newsevents/newsItem.php?newsID=184

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Commission Launches Guidance On Managing Religion Or Belief In The Workplace (14/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhayb

Court Of Appeal Condemns The Treatment Of An Autistic Boy By The Police (14/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhaya

Commission Welcomes CQC Review Of Home Care (13/02/13):
The Equality and Human Rights Commission today (13th Feb) welcomed a new report into home care by the Care Quality Commission, and said that better management and tighter regulation of home care must continue, to safeguard the rights of older people, and to ensure their voices are heard.
http://digbig.com/5bhary

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From DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT:

Have Your Say On Equal Marriage:
Submit your views to the Public Bill Committee.
http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9727.aspx

Working Together We Can End Violence Against Women (15/02/13):
V-Day flash mob at Southbank Centre raises awareness.
http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9734.aspx

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From CABINET OFFICE:

Building A Bigger, Stronger Society – Community Life Survey Infographic (12/02/13):
Selected facts and figures from the Community Life Survey
http://digbig.com/5bhars

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From UK HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:

Government’s Back To Work Schemes Ruled Unlawful Without Rights To Refuse (13/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhasp

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From OPENDEMOCRACY:

Violence, Gender And HIV In The UK:
Internationally, the reciprocal links between HIV and gender based violence are well documented. Yet in the UK NHS guidelines about violence against women do not contain any reference to HIV. Today marks the launch of a report by the Sophia Forum calling for a national investigation
http://digbig.com/5bhayd

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From UK VISA BUREAU:

UKIP Candidate Calls For UK Immigration Halt (13/02/13):
The UK Independence Party’s candidate in the Eastleigh by-election has called for all UK immigration to be halted while measures can be put in place to prevent Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants moving to the UK.
http://digbig.com/5bhasr

Romanian Anger At UK Immigration Fears (12/02/13):
The Romanian foreign minister has hit back at the tone of the UK immigration debate in Britain, claiming the ‘scrounger’ stereotype being perpetuated is unfair and inaccurate.
http://digbig.com/5bhasq

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From TOUCHSTONE:

Is The Public Sector Equality Duty Safe In The Coalition’s Hands? (12/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhatq

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From INCLUSION LONDON:

MPs Hear Sound Of 100 Voices On Accessible Transport (12/02/13):
MPs, transport executives and local government chiefs have been told by people with learning difficulties how accessible transport can transform their lives.
http://digbig.com/5bhats

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From TUC:

The Coalition Government’s Review Of The Equality Duty – Briefing Paper (12/02/13):
… The TUC believes this review is premature – the new equality duty only came into effect just under two years ago and the specific duties only a year ago. We have also expressed concerns about the degree of objectivity and rigour with which the review will be carried out. It is being overseen by a steering group that lacks any public service user or worker voice on it and no representation from the devolved administrations. It is being conducted in a very short timeframe. The terms of reference were only published at the end of November 2012 and the final report is due to ministers in April 2013.
Read more at http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-21924-f0.cfm

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: A Trade Union View (12/02/13):
http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-21920-f0.cfm

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From HOME OFFICE:

This Is Abuse – New Advert Launched (14/02/13):
TV adverts have been launched for the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness of abusive teen relationships
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/this-is-abuse-advert

Violence Against Women: A Global Day Of Action (14/02/13):
Home Secretary Theresa May condemns violence against women and girls on a day of global action this Valentine’s Day
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/valentine-violence-women

Radical Package Of Police Integrity Reforms Announced (12/02/13):
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to be expanded to deal with all serious complaints against the police, the Home Secretary announced today.
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/press-releases/1155613

Surveillance Camera Code Of Practice Consultation:
This consultation seeks views on the scope and clarity of a surveillance draft code of practice and its likely impact. It runs from 7 February until 21 March 2013.
http://digbig.com/5bhasa

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From MIND:

Changing Attitudes In HR (14/02/13):
Human resources professionals are great at discussing things like restructuring, performance management, recruiting and how to hang on to the best talent. One topic we are usually not so good at addressing is mental health.
http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/8381_changing_attitudes_in_hr

Everybody Knows Somebody (14/02/13):
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013
http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/8371_everybody_knows_somebody

Working With Schizophrenia: No One Should Be Written Off (13/02/13):
Mind CEO, Paul Farmer, blogs in response to the Work Foundation’s research into schizophrenia and employment
http://digbig.com/5bhatw

Mind’s Response To Yesterday’s Announcement On Social Care (12/02/13):
In response to yesterday’s Government announcement on health and social care, Mind CEO, Paul Farmer, provides a statement.
http://digbig.com/5bhasf

Work Capability Assessment Is Unsuitable For Those With Mental Health Problems (08/02/13):
Mind welcomes Public Accounts Committee report into flawed Work Capability Assessment system
http://digbig.com/5bhase

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From NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION (NPC):

Social Care Plan Lacks Sufficient Funding To Make A Difference To People’s Lives (12/02/13):
Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the NPC has described the government’s plan to reform social care funding as “about as credible as a Findus Lasagne” because it lacks sufficient funding to tackle the problems that pensioners face.
http://npcuk.org/1200

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From DISABILITY NOW:

Oscar Pistorius And The Hollowness Of Fame (15/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhayh

Tightening Motability Criteria: A Fast Track To More Social And Economic Problems (13/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhawf

What Is Overcare? (12/02/13):
http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/article/what-overcare

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From POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION:

Over 2 Million Children ‘Missing’ From Poverty Count (15/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhayj

Vulnerable Groups ‘Protected’ Under Universal Credit (12/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhawj

Extreme Wage Inequality – New Evidence (12/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhawh

Poverty Linked To Ethnicity In Northern Ireland (12/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhawg

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From THE SPECTACLE BLOG:

Anti-Gay Law Set For Winter Olympic Russia:
To be gay and compete in the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi seems to become a problem. An anti-gay bill, to outlaw “Homosexual propaganda” which would involve making public display of affection by same-sex couples and public events that promote gay right illegal, is working its way through Russian parliament.
http://digbig.com/5bhawa

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From ADULT CARE BLOG:

Today’s Social Care Funding Proposal – Behind The Confusion (11/02/13):
The Department of Health has now published the details of the government’s planned reform of care funding, from 2017, but there are quite a few potentially confusing aspects to it. So here are attempted answers to a few of the questions that arise
http://digbig.com/5bhawb

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From MUSLIM WOMEN’S NETWORK UK (MWNUK):

Muslim Women RISING against VIOLENCE – Mosque Postcard Campaign:
MWNUK is rising to end violence as a part of the global One Billion Rising campaign. On 14th February, activists across the world will be demanding an end to violence against women and girls through their own local activities and campaigns. To mark this occasion, MWNUK has launched the ‘Muslim Women Rising Against Violence – Mosque Postcard Campaign.’ They have posted cards to 100 mosques in Britain calling on them to help end violence against girls and women such as forced marriage, honour crimes, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, rape, sexual exploitation and child abuse: http://digbig.com/5bhawq

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From PLATFORMA:

Platforma Festival 2013 – Invitation For Proposals:
For the second Platforma Festival of arts and refugees, taking place in Manchester at the end of October 2013, we are now inviting submissions for the Conference and the Platforma Festival Fringe.
http://digbig.com/5bhaxd

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From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:

Facing Up To Racial Violence (15/02/13):
The IRR publishes a report today on how racial violence is shaping the UK.
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/facing-up-to-racial-violence/

Shambolic And Unworkable: Outsourcing Of Court Interpreting Services (14/02/13):
Aisha Maniar, a freelance legal translator and editor, reports on the recent privatisation of court interpretation services by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
http://digbig.com/5bhayc

British Future And The New Patriotism (14/02/13):
A report by the British Future think-tank suggests the need for a new British patriotism.
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/british-future-and-the-new-patriotism/

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From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

BIHR, Amnesty International And Other Rights Groups Call For Human Rights Education In The New Curriculum (08/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhasc

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From BENEFIT SCROUNGING SCUM:

New Film From @RGPLizCrow – Bedding In Bedding Out: Reflections From The Bed:
In her performance, Liz took to her bed in a gallery for three days to highlight the contradictions in the new system of benefits currently being introduced by the UK government.
http://digbig.com/5bhawd

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From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB:

The ‘War Against Terrorism’ And The Decade Of Exceptionalism (12/02/13):
Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, spoke at the Wadham Human Rights Forum on Thursday February 7th2013. One question lay at the heart of his talk, namely, ‘what is a terrorist organisation?’ This post summarises what Ben Emmerson QC said about the importance of this question: about why it is significant and how it became so.
http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=1075

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From ABORTION RIGHTS:

Report Finds Anti-Abortion Groups Misleading Schoolchildren (11/02/13):
A new report has found worrying evidence of anti-abortion groups providing schoolchildren with false information.
http://www.abortionrights.org.uk/

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From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:

Whatever You Think Marriage Is For, It’s No Cure For Poverty (14/02/13):
Debates on gay marriage and the purpose of matrimony miss the point – there are better ways to tackle poverty.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/02/marriage-no-cure-poverty

Who Are The Winners And Losers Under Dilnot’s Social Care Proposals? (11/02/13):
A cap on care costs of £75,000 and a higher means-test threshold of £123,000 from 2017. What will this achieve?
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/02/winners-losers-dilnots-social-care

A Failure To Fund Social Care Shames Us All (08/02/13):
Without an injection of cash and care, argues Julia Unwin, we’ll continue to house older people in hospitals.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/02/failure-fund-social-care

‘Policy Laboratories’ Needed In Schools And Communities (08/02/13):
We need holistic policies to reduce poverty’s influence on educational achievement
http://digbig.com/5bhasb

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From STONEWALL:

‘So You Think Your Child Is Gay?’ New Guide Answers Parents’ Common Questions (08/02/13):
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/8478.asp

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From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:

Smart Phone ‘Guide Dog’ App Gets Training Boost (12/02/13):
New government funding will boost training for blind people to use a ‘guide dog’ smart phone app
http://digbig.com/5bharw

Freud/LGA: Supporting Vulnerable Claimants On Universal Credit (11/02/13):
Vulnerable claimants will get personalised help with their Universal Credit claim, Ministers announced today as proposals are released outlining how people will be protected and supported as they move onto the new benefit.
http://digbig.com/5bhart

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From 1 BILLION RISING:

Coverage Of The Events: 14th February 2013:
http://onebillionrising.org/

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From THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:

Turkey Continues To Allow And Encourage Discrimination (11/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhayk

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From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:

European Accessibility Act: This Is What The Disability Movement Expects! (13/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bharx

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From EUROPEAN NETWORK AGAINST RACISM (ENAR):

ENAR New Membership Strategy:
The ENAR has developed a new membership strategy, offering anti-discrimination organisations in EU Member States the possibility to become ENAR members. In this way, ENAR members are encouraged to connect directly with ENAR Europe.
http://www.enar-eu.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=15279&lb=2675

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From EUROPEAN SEXUALITY RESOURCE CENTRE:

The Price Of Sex: An Investigation Of Sex Trafficking:
A documentary film by Mimi Chakarova. The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse
http://priceofsex.org/

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