The Fabian Society has produced a diversity series of three reports concerning representation within the Labour Party:
- ‘Outsiders: Ideas to improve BAME representation in the Labour Party‘, which found that BAME Labour Party members are 15 percentage points less likely white members to agree that there are “people like me” in their CLP, and 10 points less likely to agree people are “treated fairly” by their local party.
- ‘Practicing What We Preach: Women and the Labour Party‘, which sets out a range of steps the Party could take to improve the representation of women, arguing that “the Party must make gender equality an organisational priority in order to prevent the ‘new politics’ looking exactly like the old.”
- ‘The Ideal Candidate‘, which “reveals that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia is still a problem within Labour’s ranks.”
An interactive tool that allows the public to find out the gender pay gap for their occupation was launched by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, in December 2016.
This tool, created by the government and the Office for National Statistics, shows construction and building trades, and financial managers and directors have the highest gender pay gaps.
At 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees, is the lowest since records began.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission published its guidance on religion or belief in the workplace in December 2016.
The guidance is part of a suite of final products from the Commission’s three-year programme of work on religion or belief. These consist of:
Ali Harris, our Chief Executive, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee on 31 November 2016. Joining her were Professor Anna Lawson, Leeds University, and Professor Sylvia Walby, University of Lancaster.
Ali called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit. A clear equality strategy is needed for Britain’s negotiations with the EU, supported by a closer and more structured relationship between government, research and voluntary sectors to take forward equality and human rights issues.
The cooperative benefits of the European research area should not be lost: there’s a “real will… for the UK to still engage [in European equality work] because there’s so much to be gained from that engagement.”
You can view the session from 9:50:32 onwards or follow the discussion on twitter with #EqualityAfterBrexit.