The Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into the accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces made a call for written submissions. The deadline was 12 October 2016.
There has been a six-fold increase in the total number of child asylum applicants in the EU in the last six years. The European Commission published policy guidance on the protection of children in migration in April 2017.
On 4 May 2017 the UK’s human rights record will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UK’s overall human rights record was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, which resulted in 132 recommendations for improvement.
The Women and Equalities Committee and the Petitions Committee of the House of Commons published a joint report on high heels and workplace dress codes in January 2017.
The Women’s Budget Group published their full gender impact assessment of the 2017 Spring Budget in March 2017.
The Parliament’s Education Service launched a March 2017 series of lesson plans that look at equality laws and change over time.
The Joint Committee for Human Rights released the report Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability in April 2017. The Committee called for stronger legislation, stronger enforcement, and clearer routes to justice.
The government published a white paper on Brexit legislation in March 2017. The paper covered 12 key themes, including trade, immigration, expats and devolution.
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) launched a public consultation on caste in Great Britain and Equality Law in March 2017. Responses must be made by 18 July 2017, and in particular, views are sought on ensuring legal protection against caste discrimination.
The Ministry of Justice published a national report on the UK’s third Universal Periodic Review in March 2017, in advance of dialogue with the United Nations in May 2017. The report stated: “The UK is committed to maintaining its strong global role in relation to human rights & continues to comply with international human rights obligations.”