Equality Updates 1st March 2013

Contents:

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

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Bedroom Tax Should Be Scrapped (27/02/13):
UK Government must protect those with disability
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275949

Offensive Behaviour Act First Anniversary (01/03/12):
Anti-sectarian legislation working well
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/276037

Equality Impact Assessment For The Police And Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 Suite Of Workforce Regulations  (28/02/13):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275969

Making Justice Work – Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill – A Consultation Paper (27/02/13):
This consultation invites views on proposals to restructure the way civil cases and summary criminal cases are dealt with by the courts in Scotland.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/275792

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Health And Sport Committee 26 February 2013 6th Meeting, 2013:
Includes: Inquiry into teenage pregnancy evidence session
http://digbig.com/5bhbxg

Equal Opportunities Committee 28 February 2013 7th Meeting, 2013:
Includes: Equality and Human Rights Commission: The Committee will take evidence from Ian Acheson, Chief Operating Officer, Alastair Pringle, National Director, and Lynn Welsh, Head of Legal, Equality & Human Rights Commission.
http://digbig.com/5bhbxh

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From COSLA STRATEGIC MIGRATION PARTNERSHIP (CSMP):

Social And Cultural Impacts Of Migration (25/02/13):
The report and executive summary from our pilot research project on the social and cultural impacts of migration are now available to download from our website. The project was a collaboration between CSMP, Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES) at the University of Glasgow.
http://digbig.com/5bhbwj

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From DEAF CONNECTIONS:

Police and Online Interpreting – Deaf Connections:
[Glasgow] 12th March, 11am – 1pm, Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk St, G5 9EJ. The event is to raise awareness of our online BSL interpreting service Sign On Screen (SOS), which we are currently piloting in a number Strathclyde Police stations. Strathclyde Police have the SOS service in 3 police stations so far: Paisley, Motherwell and Glasgow Stewart Street. The SOS service makes instant communication in BSL possible from the front help desk at the police stations. More information will be provided about the service at the event. A lunch buffet will also be provided. To attend the event, please register at:
http://digbig.com/5bhbtp

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From BARNARDOS:

Growing Up – Helping Young People With Disabilities To Flourish (20/02/13):
new and unique service for young people in Dundee
http://digbig.com/5bhbwk

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From THIRD SECTOR NEWS:

Boycott Workfare Targets Charities That Support Government’s Mandatory Work Scheme:
The pressure group is running a week of events at the end of March; charities including Sue Ryder, PDSA and Sense have already withdrawn from the programme
http://digbig.com/5bhbwm

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From ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL:

Aberdeen Salutes Women: International Women’s Day:
[Aberdeen] 8th March, Town and County Hall, Town House, Broad St. The Lord Provost invites you to Celebrate International Women’s Day:
7.30am ‘Addressing the Boardroom Balance’ – Business Breakfast -key speaker Michelle Mone OBE. By invitation only
10.15am Shining the Light on Women in Aberdeen’s International Communities – A series of presentations and entertainment by women from Aberdeen’s International communities. Public event all welcome.
12.30 Celebrating Women’s Achievements – Unsung Heroines in the Community. Buffet lunch hosted by Lord Provost Cllr. George Adam, Key Speaker – Fiona Kennedy. By invitation only
2pm ‘On the Record’ – Women and their place in Aberdeen’s written history’, Fiona Musk, City Archivist ‘Putting Women in the North East on the Map’ – Mapping Women’s Memorials in Aberdeen with Aberdeen Women’s Alliance members. Public event all welcome.
2.30pm Help Oxfam fundraise with Swishing – bring with you pre-loved, good condition clothing to swap. Public event all welcome.
6.30pm Tackling Human Trafficking in the North East – event joint-hosted by Dame Anne Begg DBE MP and Aberdeen Cyrenian’s “ Violence Against Women Project’ Public event all welcome.
For more information phone Sandra Bruce on 523039 or email sandrab@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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From C-CHANGE SCOTLAND:

Unique Social History Project Presented To Glasgow City Councillors (26/02/13):
…Lennox Castle Stories, is a collaborative project between C-Change, which was set up when Lennox Castle hospital closed to support the re-settlement back into the community of 40 patients, labelled as having challenging behaviour and Project Ability, a highly regarded inclusive arts organisation which operates art classes for individuals with learning difficulties.
http://digbig.com/5bhbwn

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From VOICEOVER:

Free Interpreting Services:
VoiceOver (part of Govan and Craigton Integration Network) offers free interpreting to groups working with asylum seekers and refugees. Are you a small community organisation or Charity with limited funding? Do you need an interpreter for work you are doing with asylum seekers and refugees? Are you based in the Glasgow area? We can offer free interpreting to groups meeting the criteria delivered by our bank of professional interpreters, subject to availability. To find out more or to register and book an interpreter please email: info@voiceoverglasgow.org.uk or call 0141 445 3718

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From WOMANKIND AT THE BELMONT:

Womankind At The Belmont!:
[Aberdeen] 8th March. charity art exhibition celebrating international womens day! https://www.facebook.com/events/612045905478398/

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From CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS:

Sans Papiers? Video Screening And Tanja Ostojić In Conversation With Katarzyna Kosmala On The Other Side Of Migration And Politics Of Representation:
[Glasgow] 16 March, 5:30pm – 7pm: FREE (ticketed), CCA 4 (cinema), 350 Sauchiehall St  Glasgow, G2 3JD.  Call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900: http://digbig.com/5bhbxj

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:

Training: Understanding The Dynamics Of Domestic Abuse:
[Edinburgh] 7th March, 10am – 4pm.  More information and to book: email nadine.jassat@scottishwomensaid.org.uk or visit http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/training-events

Training: Every Day Terrorism: How Fear Works In Domestic Abuse:
[Edinburgh] 15th March, 10am – 1pm. More information and to book: email nadine.jassat@scottishwomensaid.org.uk or visit http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/training-events

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From MARYHILL INTEGRATION NETWORK:

MIN International Women’s Day Celebration, in partnership with AlbScott:
[Glasgow] 6th March, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, http://www.garnethillmulticulturalcentre.org.uk  All women are welcome to join this celebration.

Community Celebration Of Holi:
[Glasgow] 6th April, Rouken Glen Park, http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2239. The Indian Festival of Colour, renowned as India’s most energetic and vibrant festival, Holi celebrates the arrival of Spring – join us for an afternoon of dance, music, arts and crafts and, of course, the traditional throwing of coloured powder! Coordinated by Maryhill Integration Network and funded by Forestry Commission Scotland. http://www.maryhillintegration.org.uk/

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From GLASGOW LIFE:

Glasgow Life Welfare Reform Digital Inclusion Service:
In order to meet the challenges of Welfare Reform, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council Financial Services and Macmillan will continue to build on the existing partnerships to design innovative methods of service delivery which improve the quality of life for those affected by ill health.  A project team is currently being recruited and these staff will have the specific remit of being subject matter experts on Welfare Reform.  They will design and deliver services via the Glasgow Libraries network to minimise the impact of these changes on the citizens of Glasgow.

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From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:

CRER Annual Symposium: Race Equality in Scotland: The Next 10 Years:
[Glasgow] 21st March, 4pm – 7pm, Royal College of Physicians.  What does the landscape of race equality look like in Scotland today? What will it look like in 10 years’ time? What are the challenges to achieving race equality in Scotland’s future?  This inaugural symposium marking the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination aims to foster a wider discussion about the future of race equality by sharing perspectives from academic experts in the field. Viewpoints from authorities on race equality in Scotland: Dr. Rowena Arshad, Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Colin Clark, Head of the Graduate School for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde; Professor Kay Hampton, Professor in Communities and Race Relations and former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality; Dr. Philomena de Lima, Director of the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands. This is a free event, however tickets are required and demand may be high. Book your tickets now! Closing date: Friday 15 March 2013
http://www.crer.org.uk/race-equality-in-scotland-the-next-10-years

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From GHANA WELFARE ASSOCIATION GLASGOW:

Ghana Independence Day Celebrations:
[Glasgow] 16 March, 7pm, Maryhill Community Centre, 304 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE: https://www.facebook.com/events/338701052897726/

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From ONE PARENT FAMILIES SCOTLAND:

Free Training Now Available In Edinburgh & Glasgow:
OPFS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government to deliver our welfare reform, universal credit and child maintenance service sessions free of charge to service delivery and support organisations only. This is for courses that run until the end of April 2013. To book a place see our website: http://www.opfs.org.uk/

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From GLASGOW ST PATRICKS FESTIVAL:

Multicultural Musical Evening in Association with BEMIS:
[Glasgow] 5th March, from 6pm, Glad Café, Pollokshaws Road G41 2HG
http://www.glasgowstpatricksfestival.co.uk/#!multicultural-event/cq4r

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From ALLIANCE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland):

Being Human – A Human Rights Based Approach To Health And Social Care In Scotland:
[Perth] 1st May, 9am. Join the ALLIANCE to explore how human rights can offer the basis for high quality health and social care that supports people not just to stay well, but to enjoy independent living and active citizenship. Hear from key speakers including: Professor Alan Miller, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner Wales. Website http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk Enquiries event@alliance-scotland.org.uk Telephone 0141 404 0231

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From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:

£50 Off Any GCVS Training for Participants!
GCVS Connecting Equalities Focus Group:
[Glasgow] 7th March, 10am – 1pm, The Albany, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. The Public Sector Equality Duty places new duties on public bodies with regard to the impact their decisions will have on certain groups. On behalf of the Scottish Government, GCVS are conducting research on the collecting and sharing of equalities data between the third and public sectors. We need your help to understand any difficulties that may be faced by third sector organisations in the collection of equalities data. What is collected and why; how is the information you gather used? A key aim is to foster understanding and improved working around the implementation of the Duty. We are now conducting interviews and holding focus group sessions with the third sector in Glasgow. In return, we are offering £50 off GCVS training courses and the opportunity to learn about the Public Sector Equality Duty and how it will affect your organisation and your service users. If you would like to be part of this focus group contact Stephen Downey, on 332 2444 / Stephen.Downey@gcvs.org.uk  If you would like to take part in one of our other focus group sessions, or would be available for interview, please let Stephen know and we will be in touch. More information about the project: http://digbig.com/5bhbxf

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From WEST OF SCOTLAND REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL:

Great Outdoors From Our Front Doors: Sharing Good Practice Event:
[Glasgow] 20th March, 10am – 4pm, Pollok House Museum and Country Park, G43 1AT (Transport available if required) WSREC are working with Scottish Natural Heritage to run this event. The event is aimed at organisations representing or working with minority ethnic communities in Scotland.  The event will be an introduction of how groups can access a range of services available through the natural heritage sector to help get communities enjoying outdoor life plus there will be information on what funding is available to help this happen.  This is great opportunity for groups working with people of all ages to learn how they can run outdoor programmes and get their community involved Event Information link http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A818650.pdf  or contact either Michael Wilson or Suzanne at WSREC on 0141 337 6626

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From MIDLOTHIAN COUNCIL:

Equal Midlothian Week: 4th March – 10th March:
Includes: Sarah Nelson (Edinburgh University) and Lisa Rigby (Shakti Women’s Aid) hosting a session on how local communities can be involved in keeping children safe; The Asylum – a new locally produced Drama; Made in Dagenham film followed by discussion on gender equality; People First and Enable event on hate crime and people with learning difficulties; Midlothian People’s Equality Group showing their film Challenging Perceptions; ELREC, MPEG and Refugee Council are hosting a family friendly event with two workshops on Who do you think you are? Dispelling Myths About Migration; Women’s Aid Women’s Wacky Walk; Wellbeing Mela: http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/equal-midlothian

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From WISE WOMEN:

Survivors United Event 2:
[Glasgow] 27th April, 10am – 3pm, North West Womens Centre, Maryhill. Discussion Event for Women Survivors who work with survivors and issues surrounding violence and/or abuse (whether in a paid or unpaid capacity). The aims of the day are to provide an opportunity for us to: Get together in celebration of our strengths and determination; Address some of the issues we face as women and workers that can have an impact on our professional and personal lives; Talk about what inspires us, exhaust us and keeps us coming back for more!!  The agenda for the day will be set by women attending. This event is free, a crèche is available and a buffet lunch will be provided. Due to the sensitive nature of this event and to ensure confidentiality, a registration criteria is in place and we would ask you to read this before registering. Places are limited so you must register for this event.  For Registration details and forms please contact Lorna or Frances at Telephone: 0141 550 7557 Email: info@wisewomen.org.uk

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From GLASGOW DEFENCE CAMPAIGN:

Two Arrests On Peaceful Glasgow Against ATOS Protest (22/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbxa

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:

Women And Sectarianism Event
[Glasgow] 21st March, 6 – 8pm, Menzies Hotel. The SWC has been consulting with women in communities throughout Scotland on the theme of ‘Women and Sectarianism’. This event will discuss the key findings of the project and to launch the final report.  Women who contributed to the roundtable discussions as well as organisations who work on the issue of sectarianism will be in attendance. To attend email info@scottishwomensconvention.org or call 0141 339 4797.

Older Women In Employment Conference:
[Glasgow] 6th April, 10am – 3pm, Menzies Hotel. The SWC is currently participating in the Older Women’s Commission which is highlighting areas of particular concern to older women throughout the UK. Older women in employment is a key topic for the Commission, and the SWC has been asked to consult with women in Scotland regarding their experiences in accessing, sustaining and progressing in employment. A survey has been launched which asks key questions which will inform the debate at the Conference.  The survey will gather further specific information on employment for older women in Scotland. Closing date for responses is 25th March. Please feel free to encourage as many women as you know to complete our short questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YTBWG27 To attend the event on the 6th please email info@scottishwomensconvention.org or call 0141 339 4797.

Young Women’s Achievement Award:
The SWC has been working with young women to ensure their voices are heard at local and national level on issues which are important to them.  In June 2012, the SWC Young Women’s Achievement Award was launched, in partnership with the STUC Youth Committee.  This award will be given to a young woman who is inspirational, supportive of others or has overcome adversity. If you know of a young woman who you believe would benefit from being nominated for this award, please complete the form. Closing Date for Nominations – 31st March 2013
http://www.scottishwomensconvention.org/youngwomen/youngwomen

Commission On The Status Of Women (CSW):
The 57th Session of CSW will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 4th – 15th March 2013. The priority theme for this year is: The Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls. http://www.scottishwomensconvention.org/activities/csw

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From NORTH WEST WOMEN’S CENTRE:

International Women’s Day Event:
[Glasgow] 6th March. Information stalls on benefit changes also a range of activities for example bath bomb making and cupcake making. Tea, Coffee and pastries on arrival also a buffet available at lunch time.
https://www.facebook.com/northwestwomens.centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/444837708929261/

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From HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM SCOTLAND:

SNAP Consultation:
[Glasgow] 14th March, 10am – 12noon.  The meeting will enable members to be consulted on the draft Scottish National Action Plan on Human Rights that has been drafted by the SHRC and will be facilitated by Duncan Wilson of SHRC.  Contact: Naheem Waheed, Tel: 0141 556 7103, Fax: 0141 550 4937 naheem@gdaonline.co.uk

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From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:

Half Day Briefing: Equality Impact Assessments- Making Them Practical & Useful

[Glasgow] 18th March, 10am – 1pm.
http://www.paih.org/~training/

Training: Rights And Entitlements Of EU Nationals (Incl. Changes For A8 Nationals)

[Edinburgh] 25th March, 10am – 1pm
http://www.paih.org/~training/

Training: Domestic Abuse Awareness: Glasgow Womens Aid:
[Glasgow] 26th March, 10am – 4pm.
http://www.paih.org/~training/

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From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID:

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From ISLAM INFORMATION SCOTLAND:

Seminar – Hate Crimes & Islamophobia in Scotland: Recognising the Challenges, analysing their impact and exploring solutions:
[Glasgow] 20th March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Burrell Collection, G43 1AT. A free half day seminar exploring the nature of Islamophobia, the dynamics of its rise and its consequences. With an analysis on its impact on individuals and communities across Scotland and beyond, including the findings from a recent national project on measuring Anti-Muslim crimes. Key speakers: Dr Robert Lambert; Co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre, University of Exeter, and part-time lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. Dr Chris Allen; Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Birmingham. Expertise in Islamophobia and other key issues facing contemporary Muslim communities in today’s Europe including the far-right, diversity, integration and immigration. Fiyaz Mughal OBE; Founder and Director of Faith Matters, coordinator of “Tell Mama”; the national helpline monitoring anti-Muslim attacks. Who should attend? Aimed at third sector and public sector officers, particularly those involved in setting Equalities policies as well as those working in the justice system. Anyone working in housing, welfare, social work, education, employment, health and all aspects of community development. Attendance is only by pre-booking. Please send bookings to mazhar@iiscotland.org include your name, organisation and any special requirements, including access or communication support. Mazhar Khan, Event Coordinator (iiScotland), 0141 574 4300

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From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Our Statement On Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games And Volunteering(26/02/13):
With the deadline in two days, our Head Of Policy explains our position on the Commonwealth Games and volunteers
http://digbig.com/5bhbyt

Scottish Guardianship Service Secures Government Funding (26/02/13):
The Scottish Guardianship Service has seen its future secured for the next three years with the announcement of Scottish Government funding.
http://digbig.com/5bhbyw

Jackie Kay To Unveil New Work In Support Of Stop Destitution Campaign (26/02/13):
[Glasgow] 8th March, 3pm, Glasgow Women’s Library. Award winning writer Jackie Kay is to unveil a new work at a very special Stop Destitution event to mark International Women’s Day. The event – Writing for Refugee Women – aims to raise the voices of refugee women who are destitute in Scotland.
http://digbig.com/5bhbyx

UK Border Agency Putting Health Of Mothers And Babies At Risk (25/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbys

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From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:

SCIF Self-Directed Support Newsletter: Mental Health:
PDF: http://digbig.com/5bhbwe

Visibility : Roadshow:
[Glasgow] 6th March, 10am – 12.30pm, Knightswood Community Centre. Products and services to assist people who have a visual impairment. More information: anne.garry@visibility.org.uk

Later Learning : Personal Barrriers to employment – Tackling the Root Causes:
[Glasgow] 1st March, Albany Centre. Cost: GCVS Members £125 Non members £180 Skills Development Scotland FTO Eligible. Up to 50% of the cost can be funded! Book: info@laterlearning.org

Trade School Glasgow | Unearth Your Hidden Strengths And Unlock Your Potential:
[Glasgow] 7th March, 6pm – 7.30pm, Albany Centre. A practical and interactive session packed with life-enhancing tools, techniques and take-aways. Be inspired to take a completely fresh look at yourself and your life; Recognise and develop strengths and resources already within you; Target negative thinking and behaviour patterns that are holding you back; Boost your motivation and spark your creativity; – Gain increased confidence and focus, ready to take that first exhilarating step out of your comfort zone! More information http://tradeschool.coop/Glasgow/class

Trade School Glasgow | Deafblind Scotland: How To Communicate Without Sight Or Sound:
[Glasgow] 20th March, 6pm – 8pm, Deafblind Scotland, 21 Alexandra Avenue Lenzie
http://tradeschool.coop/Glasgow/class

Glasgow Disability Alliance | Welfare Reform Briefing Event:
[Glasgow] 28th March, Thistle Hotel. GDA’s event on Welfare Reform will provide: updated information about changes through expert speakers, a chance for disabled people to share views and concerns, signposting to services which provide practical information and advice.  Book: 0141 556 7103 to book! Places limited so call fast!

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From OUTSIDE THE BOX:

Wisdom In Practice Event: Sharing Ideas And Experience About Services Led By Older People:
[Glasgow] 13th March, 10.30 – 3pm, The Albany Learning and Conference Centre, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. This event brings together members of older people groups and organisations offering services to older people. The aim is to share what people are learning around the possibilities to improve services for older people. Download the event flyer and access more information at http://www.otbds.org/topic/older-people/  If you would like hard copies of the flyer to share – please get in touch; admin@otbds.org  For directions to the Albany there is more information on their website: The Albany Learning and Conference Centre http://www.gcvs.org.uk/events/getting_to_the_albany

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From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:

Eclectic Ladyland:
[Glasgow] 16th March, 8pm, 13th Note. Come to the Note for another night of musical excellence in support of the Women’s Support Project. Thrill to genre-hopping rockers Cuddly Shark! Chill to the bluesy acoustic stylings of Ruth Martin! Get your fill of sinister surf punk from the Fnords! Plus Lock Up Your DJs keep it all movin.. £6 on the door
http://www.facebook.com/cuddlyshark?fref=ts  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruth-Martin/161539252888 https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fnords/182418645133589

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM (EDF):

Update On The Government Review Of The Public Sector Equality Duty:
On 15 May 2012, the Home Secretary announced a review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), as part of the outcome of the Red Tape Challenge spotlight on equalities. The review sets out to establish whether the duty is operating as intended. The review is expected to be completed by June 2013, rather than the previous announced date of the end of April….. The EDF does not know if any VCS organisations have been asked to submit evidence to the review, nor if any deadlines for the receipt of evidence have been set. However, EDF would encourage anyone with views about the equality duty to submit evidence of their views to the Equality Duty Review Steering Group and to the Government Equality Office by early April 2013.
http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?p=22172

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From COUNTING WOMEN IN:

Sex & Power 2013 Report Launch  (25/02/13):
New Sex & Power report finds women are missing from top roles in politics and public life. Three quarters of MPs are men; 90% of Bank CEO’s are men; two thirds of public appointments go to men; almost 90% of Chief Constables and Police & Crime Commissioners are men; two thirds of local councillors are men
http://digbig.com/5bhbxx

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From GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE:

Think, Act, Report:
Think, Act, Report is a voluntary initiative to help improve gender equality in the workforce. It sets out a simple, step-by-step framework to help companies think about key issues such as recruitment, retention, promotion and pay.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/think-act-report

Creating A Fairer And More Equal Society:
http://digbig.com/5bhbya

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From FAWCETT:

Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain? (25/02/13):
Powerful women are missing from the top spheres of politics and public life more generally
http://fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1300

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From REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Dignity In Pregnancy Campaign:
http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/dignityinpregnancy

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing Pregnant Women Seeking Asylum:
This joint Refugee Council and Maternity Action report looks at the experiences of pregnant women in the asylum system, based on interviews with asylum seeking women and midwives responsible for their care.
They did us proud at London 2012 and the whole country should be supporting them. We should be supporting all disabled people in the UK so please watch the programme. Two minutes of adverts at the beginning as to why DLA should be saved: http://links.causes.com/s/clI4yF?r=wthQ

Please Sign Our Petition To Save Disability Living Allowance:
http://links.causes.com/s/clI4yG?r=wthQ

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From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:

Million Women Rise:
[London] 9th March. Annual march through Central London protesting against violence against women and girls.  http://www.millionwomenrise.com/

Pistorius Shooting Sheds Light On South Africa’s Patriarchal Culture:
As the trial of Oscar Pistorius continues, the tragic shooting of Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February in Pretoria, South Africa, sheds light on the country’s “profoundly macho culture” (http://digbig.com/5bhbwb) where surveys show that 40% of men have hit their partner and one in four men have raped a woman. South Africa’s patriarchal culture of “might is right” in addition to the wealth gap makes men feel weak, creating unequal relationships. However, as violence is on the rise, resources such as rape centres, police training, and adequate legal action continue to decline. A story which exemplifies the problems in South Africa, but which has received considerably less media attention, is that of Anene Booysen (http://digbig.com/5bhbwc), a 17-year-old girl who died after a group of men, including her ex-boyfriend, gang raped and disemboweled her in early February.

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From BARNARDOS:

1.6 Million UK Children Living In Fuel Poverty (27/02/13):
The Energy Bill Revolution Alliance, of which Barnardo’s is a member, wants the Government to use Carbon Tax to fund a nationwide programme of insulation that will make people’s homes as energy efficient as possible.
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/latest-news.htm?ref=86655

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From WOMEN’S HEALTH AND EQUALITY CONSORTIUM:

WHEC Launch Report On Improving Local Health And Wellbeing Outcomes For Women And Girls In England:
Launch of a new report ‘Better Health for Women: how to incorporate women’s health needs into Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies.
http://www.whec.org.uk/wordpress/

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From HOME OFFICE:

Net Migration Continues To Fall (28/02/13):
Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show net migration has fallen by 84,000
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/net-migration-feb-28

Monthly Asylum Application Tables – December 2012 (28/02/13):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/info4localallsocialissues/~3/2kX1rTRVcqc

Immigration Statistics, October – December 2012 (28/02/13):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/info4localallsocialissues/~3/ltubRtvm44A

Children Entering Detention Held Solely Under Immigration Act Powers January 2013 (28/02/13):
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/info4localallsocialissues/~3/rmETUJLCHeY

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From MIND:

Mind Celebrates Change To Discriminatory Laws (28/02/13):
Today we are celebrating new legislation which scraps outdated laws that discriminate against people with mental health problems.
http://digbig.com/5bhbxd

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From RNIB:

Children With Vision Impairment Need More Early Years Support If They Are To Have The Same Life Chances As Sighted Peers, Warn Leading Charities (20/02/13):
RNIB and RLSB release new research report
http://digbig.com/5bhbyd

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From CHANNEL 4:

‘Bedroom Tax’ Is ‘Appalling’ Says Paediatrician (28/02/13):
Cuts to housing benefit for families with disabled children are “ludicrous”, “unfair” and “appalling”, according to a group of medical experts speaking exclusively to Channel 4 News.
http://digbig.com/5bhcab

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From SCOPE:

APPG Inquiry Into Social Care:
[England and Wales] The Local Government All-Party Parliamentary Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group are undertaking an inquiry into adult social care for working age disabled people. The APPGs would like to invite you to submit written evidence to the inquiry.
http://digbig.com/5bhbtk

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From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB:

Protecting The Labour Rights And Human Rights Of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach (25/02/13):
http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=1157

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From RAPE CRISIS ENGLAND & WALES:

Ministry Of Justice Funding For New Rape Crisis Centres (22/02/13):
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) warmly welcomes today’s announcement from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) that it intends to fund two new Rape Crisis Centres.
http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/news_show.php?id=85

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From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:

We Ignore The Reality Of Housing Costs At Our Peril (28/02/13):
The links between housing and poverty have been ignored for too long
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/02/housing-costs-poverty

The Links Between Housing And Poverty (28/02/13):
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/housing-and-poverty-links

How To Put Poverty Reduction At The Heart Of Social Housing (26/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbxb

The Bedroom Tax Ignores The Link Between Home And Health (25/02/13):
http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/02/bedroom-tax-home-and-health

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From DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:

New Powers To Check Doctors’ Language Skills (25/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbxc

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From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:

Hoban – Committed To Further Improvements To The Work Capability Assessment (26/02/13):
Senior occupational physician Dr Paul Litchfield has been appointed to carry out the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment.
http://digbig.com/5bhbww

Statistical Update: Disability Living Allowance Claims (25/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbwt

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From UK VISA BUREAU:

BBC Criticised Over UK Immigration Debate (28/02/13):
Founders of Migration Matters, a bipartisan organisation lobbying for an ‘open and honest debate’ on UK immigration, has written to the BBC to complain about its portrayal of Migration Watch UK.
http://digbig.com/5bhbyg

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From OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR):

Public Consultation On The Human Rights Of Older Persons:
Deadline: 15th March
http://digbig.com/5bhbtm

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From EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE:

Italy: Municipality Of Rome Denies Social Housing To Roma Living In Formal Camps (27/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhbyy

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From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:

UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: It’s Time For Ireland! (24/02/13):
The EDF and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) call on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy without any further delay.
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=31970

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From ILGA-EUROPE:

ILGA-Europe Calls On EU-Ukraine Summit To Raise The Issue Of Discrimination Against LGBTI People In Ukraine (25/02/13):
http://digbig.com/5bhcaa

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