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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry: Are fathers being failed in the workplace?

The Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry in January 2017 as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children. The Committee is receiving written submissions from both organisations and individuals. Submissions should be received by 1 March 2017.
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Cloisters column part one – ‘To pee or not to pee….? Toilets and Gender Identity’

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Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments. This is part one of a two-part series on trans rights. Part two will explore gender identity and children.
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MHT Report and Government Response – The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

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The Mental Health Taskforce produced The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in February 2016, making 58 recommendations to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health. The Government responded in January 2017.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the human rights implications of Brexit

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights published an interim report on the human rights implications of Brexit in December 2016.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR in December 2016. Written submissions are invited from interested groups and individuals. The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 March 2017.
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Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights

Angela Patrick, from Doughty Street Chambers, produced a background paper for the Thomas Paine Initiative, entitled 'Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights', published in December 2016. In addition to the report Angela has also written a blog for RightsInfo, who have produced a video summary of the report.
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Chief Executive Ali Harris gives evidence on equalities legislation after Brexit

Ali Harris, our Chief Executive, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee - and called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit.
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Inquiry: tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry to look at the inequalities experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, the effectiveness of policymaking, and what action the Government can take to tackle the inequalities. The committee is particularly keen to hear directly from Gypsies, Roma and Travellers about their own experiences. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 27 January 2017.
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Government consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system

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The Government launched a consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system in December 2016. The consultation closes at noon on 21 January 2017.
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Casey Review into opportunity and integration

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The Casey Review report into opportunity and integration was published in December 2016. In July 2015, at the request of the then Prime Minister and Home Secretary, Dame Louise Casey was asked to undertake a review into integration and opportunity in our most isolated and deprived communities, and this report gives the findings of the review.
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The Bach Commission on access to justice: EDF response and interim report

Fabian Society

The Fabian Society is providing the secretariat to Lord Willy Bach’s Commission on Access to Justice, which will explore establishing access to justice as a fundamental public entitlement. The deadline for submissions passed in May 2016. In November 2016 the Commission published an interim report, 'The crisis in the justice system in England & Wales'.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU exit

The Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation following EU exit in October 2016. The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Equality and Diversity Forum made a written submission. Other submissions can be seen on the Committee website.
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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System – emerging findings published

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The Lammy Review into BAME representation in the criminal justice system has launched its call for evidence. The review will look at the way the CJS deals with young people and adults from BAME backgrounds. The review published an interim report in November 2016.
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United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities report on the UK

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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its report on the UK in November 2016. The report states that "the Committee considers that there is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met".
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Government audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes

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On 27 August 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May launched an audit of public services to reveal racial disparities and to help end the injustices that many people experience.
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EHRC race report: ‘Healing a divided Britain’

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On 18 August 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published 'Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy'.
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Government hate crime action plan 2016

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The Government published their hate crime action plan for 2016, 'Action against Hate: the UK government's plan for tackling hate crime' in July 2016.
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EHRC report on ‘Prejudice and unlawful behaviour’

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'Prejudice and unlawful behaviour, exploring levers for change' was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 29 July 2016.
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Equally Ours: Rights for Life publication on human rights

Equally-Ours

In March 2016, Equally Ours published 'Rights for Life' - sharing stories on how human rights have been used in people's lives.
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