Equality Updates 10th May 2013
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
Equal Opportunities Committee: 9 May 2013:15th Meeting, 2013
Meeting agenda includes: The Committee will consider the following petitions—PE1169 Petition by Margaret Forbes, on behalf of Scottish Women Against Pornography, calling for measures that ensure that magazines and newspapers containing sexually graphic covers are (a) not displayed at children’s eye-level or below or adjacent to children’s titles and comics and (b) screen sleeved before being placed on the shelf. PE1372 Petition by Duncan McLaren on behalf of Friends of the Earth Scotland on whether access to the Scottish courts is compliant with the Aarhus convention on ‘Access to Justice in Environmental Matters’.
The Committee will take evidence on Women and work
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Scotland maintains highest youth employment (9th May 2013)
Consultation: Freedom of Information: Proposals for an order revising the lifespans of certain exemptions (9th May 2013)
Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities)(Scotland) Regulations 2002 : A Consultation on Proposed Changes (9th May 2013)
Tribunals (Scotland) Bill – Equality Impact Assessment – Results (9th May 2013)
Queen’s speech (8th May 2013)
FitzPatrick says UK Government ‘failing to deliver for Scotland’.
National Parenting Strategy – Equality Impact Assessment – Results (8th May 2013)
Minimum Pricing (3rd May 2013):
Health Secretary welcomes Court of Session ruling on the minimum unit pricing of alcohol.
Managing allegations against foster carers and approved kinship carers – How agencies should respond (2nd May 2013)
From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:
GDA’s Learning Festival – Raising Aspirations : Changing Lives
[Glasgow] 7th June, 10am – 4pm, Thistle Hotel. GDA’s Learning Festival brings disabled people together for a fun day of learning! The theme this year is “Raising Aspirations: Changing Lives”. This FREE event is open to disabled people and people with long term health conditions. You do not have to be a member of GDA to attend, but you are of course welcome to join if you wish! Membership is free. Free Lunch!! Transport provided if needed. Get information: lots of fantastic information stalls. Learn something new: free, fun learning taster sessions. Be inspired: meet other disabled people and hear their stories. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book, please email email@example.com, or call 0141 556 7103.
From RAPE CRISIS CENTRE GLASGOW:
Our helpline number has changed: 08088 00 00 14
The way you contact the Rape Crisis Centre Helpline in Glasgow has changed. From 1st May 2013 we have a new freephone number: 08088 00 00 14 You can also contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS (CRER):
Putting U Back into Community: Community Councils and Community Planning in Glasgow
[Glasgow] 20th June, 6pm – 8pm (Refreshments from 6pm, 6.30pm start), Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sheriff Court, Brunswick Street G1 1TF. Who makes the decisions that affect your local community? How do they consider local people’s views, and how can you make sure your voice is heard? This public event will explain local Community Planning and Community Councils – how they work, what they do, the way things are changing and how people can get involved. We know that people from Glasgow’s minority ethnic communities often feel they don’t have a voice in local decision making, so we would particularly welcome people from these communities to attend. The event is open to everyone, and is free of charge. This CRER event will feature: Community Councillor Tahir Mohammed on Community Councils and the importance of diversity; Overview of Community Planning and the importance of involving all of Glasgow’s communities; Information on how you can get involved with Community Councils and Community Planning. Register your free place now, by completing the application form at http://www.crer.org.uk/81-front-page-articles/385-putting-u-back-into-community If the application form isn’t suitable for you, please contact Nadia Rafiq at CRER to book: email email@example.com or telephone 0141 418 6530. Please remember to tell us about any accessibility requirements. Closing date for registration: Wednesday 12th June 2013
From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:
Deaf Access to Support
We have a new support service at Rape Crisis Scotland for Deaf survivors. Our leaflet can be downloaded from http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/help/deaf-access-to-support/ Deaf access is available every Tuesday 1.30-5pm. As well as email and minicom you can contact us by: Phone – 0141 331 2715; SMS text – 07537 400702; and by free calls via Sign on Screen (Sign on Screen is the online BSL interpreting service run by www.deafconnections.co.uk)
Find out more at http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/help/deaf-access-to-support/
From SCOTTISH TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE
Equal Marriage campaign is shortlisted for Scottish Charity Awards (8th May 2013)
From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE:
A Fairer NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 2013-16 – meeting the requirements of equality legislation
From WEST OF SCOTLAND HEALTH & ETHNICITY NETWORK (WHEN):
WHEN Conference 2013: Mental Health and Well-being in Ethnic Minority Communities:
[Glasgow] 30th October, Kelvin Conference Centre University of Glasgow
From CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS:
Seminar: The more candles, the bigger the wish: Ageing with a learning (intellectual) disability?
[Edinburgh] 16 July, 12pm – 2pm.
From EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:
Dare to Dream – MAPs and PATH facilitation course:
[Edinburgh] 31 Oct, 1, 14 & 15 November. Highly effective person centred planning tools. Find out more about the course: http://www.edg-sco.org/files/FlyerSep2013.pdf
Brilliant Graphics for Beginners:
[Edinburgh] 7th October. Are you interested in learning about Graphic Facilitation? This exciting way of working can be used in Person Centred Planning, but also in meetings, conferences and workshops too. It’s a great, dynamic way to record what’s happening and what people are saying. Link to flyer: http://www.edg-sco.org/files/Graphics%20flyer%20Oct.pdf
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
Could you be an Equality Network media volunteer?
The Equality Network is updating our list of media volunteers. We are looking for same-sex couples in Scotland who would be willing to help us with media work. The press and broadcast media regularly approach the Equality Network seeking to make contact with same-sex couples for interviews on a wide range of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. For instance, we are currently looking for an older same-sex couple (over 60), and a same-sex couple with children, who would be willing to be interviewed about equal marriage. If you are in a same-sex relationship and would like to be added to our list of media volunteers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org All couples are welcome – but, in particular, please let us know if you are an older couple or a couple with children.
People’s Choice Award 2013 – Equal Marriage
Equal Marriage is Scotland’s ground-breaking campaign for same-sex marriage. The campaign, led by the Equality Network, has built a movement of thousands from across Scottish society to secure the historic final steps towards equal civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
From SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION:
The SWC Roadshow Program 2013:
The SWC wants to hear from YOU. The SWC will be visiting the following areas in May:
Tuesday 21st May, 5.30 – 7.30pm, Kyle Hotel, Main Street, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8AB
Wednesday 22nd May, 11.30 – 2.30pm, Breakish Community Centre, Near Broadford
Thursday 23rd May, 11.30 – 2.30pm or 5.30 – 7.30pm, two events at The Aros Experience, Viewfield Road, Portree, IV51 9EU
We will also be visiting: Eyemouth 2nd July; Haddington 3rd of July; Greenock 9th July; Livingston 17th September. If you would like to attend these roadshows or you would like more information please email email@example.com
Young Women’s Network
The views, opinions and concerns of young women in Scotland need to be listened to by decision makers. Following the success of the Young Women’s Focus Group, the SWC is developing a network of young women throughout Scotland who will contribute to the on-going work of the organisation. Rather than holding meetings, communication will be undertaken interactively to encourage more young women to become involved. An event is being planned for later in the year. If you have any information on issues affecting young women or want to know more about this area of work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING
The 2013 Scottish Ethnic Minorities Directory hot off the press:
Available to purchase at a cost of £25 incl p&p – all proceeds going to our destitution service and humanitarian work. Contact email email@example.com
From LEARNNG DISABILITY ALLIANCE SCOTLAND:
Are we being unfair? (3rd May 2013)
A council spokesperson claimed LDAS was being dishonest in the way they presented information and that there were 16 positive reasons for shutting the centres.
Council staff hide problems with Day Centre closures (2nd May 2013)
There has been a failure by Glasgow City Council to take Due Regard of its Equality Duties in relation to the decision to close 3 Day Centres for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Glasgow. Previous work by city council staff identified at least 14 reasons why day centres would be a problem for people with learning disabilities. But this information was not provided to councillors before they made the closure decision, it seems there has been a deliberate attempt to bury these negative impacts that senior council staff were aware of. Download our leaflet showing the reasons that Glasgow Council staff have identified as problems in the closure of day centres: http://ldascotland.org/docs/14%20Reasons%20leaflet%20A4.pdf Read on for more details of the underlying problems: http://digbig.com/5bhhkw
Easy Read Guide to new SDS regulations:
The Scottish Government has made a new law about self-directed support. This guide tells you about the new law and what it means.
From THE LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND
New Bill fails adequately to safeguard delivery of justice to mental health patients (9th May 2013)
The Law Society of Scotland has today raised concerns that new Scottish Parliament legislation fails adequately to safeguard the continued existence of a specialised Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. The Society is concerned that this could affect the delivery of justice to some of the most vulnerable people in Scottish society.
Inspiring Women Meeting: Gender and the Millennium Development Goals:
[Edinburgh] 15th May, 6pm – 7.30pm, Engender office, 1a Haddington Place, EH7 4AE. Speaker: Lexi Barnett, Campaigns Officer on Social Justice, MSc Gender and Development. Light refreshments provided
From SEE ME:
‘see me’ is coming to Glasgow!
[Glasgow] 15th May ], 10am, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel. A ‘see me’ campaign update starts the day at 10:30am. This will be followed by a series of presentations on the theme of “Towards lived experience leadership in tackling mental health discrimination” and associated roundtable discussions. After a networking lunch we will have roundtable discussions on discrimination related to self-harming behavior and suicide (contributing to The Scottish Government’s engagement process on the development of suicide and self-harm prevention strategy). The day will conclude with a local showcase highlighting some of the great work going on in Glasgow. This free event is aimed at existing ‘see me’ campaign supporters, our local and national partners, and anyone else interested in tackling mental health related discrimination. Places are limited, so if you are able to attend this event we would be grateful if you could let us know by filling out the online booking form, or alternatively by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office on 0131 554 0218 with the relevant information. Please RSVP by 10 am on Monday 13th May: http://digbig.com/5bhhke
Domestic violence and mental illness: “I have honestly never felt so alone in my life” (New Statesman, 1st may 2013)
Domestic violence, especially related to an intimate partner, is inextricably connected to mental illness. Faridah Newman explains how mental illness can often represent a vulnerability which is exploited by abusive partners.
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM
DCMS and EHRC framework document (3rd May 2013):
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Framework Document sets out the broad framework within which the EHRC will operate, and the relationship between the EHRC and the DCMS as the sponsor Department. The document also has details of the EHRC’s budget. It was published on 1 April 2013.
EDF and other submissions to the review of the Equality Duty (7th May 2013)
The Queen’s Speech – 8 May 2012 (8th May 2013):
The Queen’s Speech on 8 May set out the Government’s plans for the next year, including legislation on social care, pensions and immigration.
Fawcett’s Response to Queen’s Speech (9th May 2013)
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Refugee Council response to ‘off-shore processing centres’ (17th April 2013)
Last week a Conservative MP proposed that we run our asylum system in off-shore processing centres in countries such as Kenya. We disagreed that this is the way forward for the asylum system, and think the Home Office should focus on getting decisions right first time. Our Advocacy Officer wrote a blog in response for Politics.co.uk: http://digbig.com/5bhhhq
Asylum claim process flawed, says Amnesty report
… Statistics used in the A Question of Credibility report show the process, first highlighted by AIUK in their 2004 report Get It Right: How Home Office decision making fails refugees, is actually becoming more inaccurate with regard to first-instance decisions, with 25 per cent of refusals now being overturned on appeal.
Influencing parliament – a report on the submissions on policies regarding children the Refugee Council made to parliament in 2012 including ‘Children first: the child protection system in England’, ‘Human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK’ and ‘Children who go missing from care.’
Access via Briefing page: http://digbig.com/5bhhhx
From HOME OFFICE
Antisocial behaviour, policing and crime measures unveiled (9th May 2013)
Queen’s Speech: immigration and crime measures announced (8th May 2013)
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS’ CONVENTION:
Queen’s Speech has a hollow ring on the issues of pensions and care (8th May 2013)
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Inquest into Jimmy Mubenga’s death at the hands of G4S to begin (9th May 2013)
We need to end racism now – period (9th May 2013)
A member of the Swedish anti-racist magazine MANA reflects on the challenges posed by Operation REVA.
Spotlight on far-right violence (2nd May 2013)
An overview of racially motivated attacks perpetrated by members of the far-right and convictions over the last few months.
Deaths in immigration detention on the increase? (2nd May 2013)
This year, two men have died following their detention in immigration removal centres near Heathrow, and another two people have died in hospital shortly after release from detention in 2012 and 2011.
Europe’s pariah state? the future of human rights in Britain (2nd May 2013)
This week, we publish a briefing paper on the future of human rights in Britain, written by the IRR’s vice-chair, Frances Webber.
From OPERATION BLACK VOTE:
BBC ‘s ‘Immigration debate’: How racism works within beeb (9th May 2013)
Queen’s Speech! (9th May 2013)
The news that the Coalition Government is to bring forward legislation contained in today’s Queens Speech, that will force landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants.
Why the Commonwealth should act on LGBT rights (8th May 2013)
From E-ACCESS BULLETIN:
Location Networking Aims To Help Disabled People Connect (30/04/13):
A free smartphone app that can help disabled and other diverse communities find and connect with people from within their own and other groups, and request social support, has been launched in the UK.
From ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:
How family conflict affects children(8th May 2013):
New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reveals why some children are badly affected by negative family conflicts while other children survive without significant problems.
From PINK NEWS:
Eight professional footballers reputed to be out to PFA, but won’t go public for fear of fan reactions (5th May 2013)
From LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY:
End 15-minute care visits
Disabled people are being denied their dignity, and carers are unable to do their job with empathy.
From openDemocracy – 50.50:
UK immigration control: children in extreme distress (6th May 2013)
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) responds to the Queen’s Speech (8th May 2013)
From JUST PLAIN SENSE:
Disabled People and Health Services:
The film runs for just over 20 minutes and is signed throughout. It is in two parts. In the first section disabled people talk about their personal experiences of the NHS. In the second half disabled NHS staff talk about disability from their own perspective. A short section at the end also explains how we worked with stakeholders to coproduce the whole resource. Booklet also available.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
We need a plan to care for our ageing society (8th May 2013)
Our care system is based on the needs of a society that no longer exists – we need a very different plan for a very different society, says John Kennedy.
How can we tackle inequality in British cities? (7th May 2013)
A new report today reveals the most unequal cities in the UK. Dr Paul Sissons of the Work Foundation looks at what can be done to close the gap
Wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities (6th May 2013)
#Antipoverty debate needs to be conducted with the right language (3rd May 2013)
From THE F-WORD:
Everlasting divas: ‘Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music
Double Bind asks important questions of the cross sections of certain Muslim networks and women’s rights argues Jolene Tan
Where do you draw the line on rape culture? (6th May 2013)
From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB
Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act (9th May 2013)
The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report sexual violence.
From EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY:
Gender Equality must be at core of economic policies, says EWL President at Irish Presidency Conference (Brussels, 2nd May 2013):
From ILGA EUROPE:
10 days before the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia: How it is to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex in Europe in 2013? (6th May 2013)
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM
Arab & European Women With Disabilities Join Forces To Claim For Their Rights:
On 27-28 April 2013, the European Disability Forum and the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities gathered in Cairo, more than 120 female leaders with disabilities at the Arab regional conference entitled: “Women with Disabilities between Rights and Norms”.
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