Equinet study: ‘Making Europe more equal: A legal duty?’

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Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, produced a study ‘Making Europe more equal: A legal duty?‘ in December 2016.

The study examines and analyses the design and implementation of statutory duties in equal treatment legislation that aim to go beyond a prohibition on discrimination to promote equality. These encompass preventive duties, institutional duties and mainstreaming duties. The study explores and assesses the role of, and engagement by, equality bodies in their implementation. In doing so, it draws from the experience and perspective of equality bodies involved in implementing such statutory duties.

WEC Report and Government Response – Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK

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The House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities (WEC) published a report on employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK in July 2016.  This report made 17 recommendations to tackle substantial pockets of disadvantage that exist in this area; including the Government’s approach to integration and opportunity, supporting the aspirations of Muslim women, providing effective support to work and challenging workplace discrimination.

The Government responded in December 2016.

Background information

The Select Committee launched an inquiry into employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK in January 2016.  This inquiry considered what barriers to employment exist for Muslims, alongside the prevalence of discrimination against Muslims in the workplace.  The deadline for written submissions was 28 February 2016.

Submission by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

 

Equinet report: Innovating at the Intersections

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Equinet, the European Directory of Equality Bodies, produced a perspective ‘Innovating at the Intersections: Equality bodies tackling intersectional discrimination‘ in November 2016.

This Equinet Perspective aims to set out the contribution of equality bodies to intersectionality issues, as well as suggesting ways forward for further developing this work in the future.

It is based on the contribution of 23 equality bodiesfrom 21 European countries, as well as a roundtable discussion of Equinet’s Working Group on Policy Formation and the input of Equinet’s Working Group on Gender Equality. It was authored by Niall Crowley, independent expert.

EHRC report: Protecting human rights: key challenges for the UK’s third Universal Periodic Review

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a report, ‘Protecting human rights: key challenges for the UK’s third Universal Periodic Review‘, in December 2016.

This report sets out the ongoing human rights challenges in Great Britain across 12 different areas of life, including education, health and privacy. It also provides recommendations to the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on how to better respect and protect human rights, and fulfil their international obligations.

The Commission submitted the report for the UK’s third assessment under the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The report is also available in French, in Spanish, in easy read form, and as a video in BSL.

Children’s Commissioner Report – The Support Provided to Young Carers in England

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The Children’s Commissioner for England produced a report on the support provided to young carers in England in December 2016.  The report highlighted that more than 160,000 children in England have formal caring responsibilities – and of these, 130,000 are missing out on support from local authorities.

Specifically:

  • Approximately four out of five young carers may not be receiving support from their local authority;
  • Just over a quarter of young carers have additional care needs of their own;
  • There are young carers under the age of five years;
  • Not all local authorities are taking steps to identify children who may be providing care in their area;
  • 94% of children referred to the local authority as a potential young carer, who were deemed not to require support, had not received an assessment at all;
  • The emphasis on identification and assessment in legislation may lead to support for young carers being overlooked; and
  • Young carers want to enjoy their childhood and for services to listen to them and respect their views.

IFS Report – Inheritances and Inequality Across and Within Generations

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) produced a report on inheritance and inequality in January 2017.

The report noted that inherited wealth is likely to play a more important role in determining the lifetime economic resources of younger generations, with important implications for inequality and social mobility.

Read the full report, ‘Inheritances and Inequality Across and Within Generations’ or the IFS briefing note.

Fabian Society diversity series – three reports on representation within the Labour Party

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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.”

 

Gender Pay Gap – An Interactive Tool

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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.

EHRC guidance on religion or belief in the workplace

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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:

Chief Executive Ali Harris gives evidence on equalities legislation after Brexit

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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.