There is considerable concern that employment rights and protections for women are at risk after Brexit, creating a more hostile and less supportive working environment for many, both women and men.
This is from the March 2018 report (PDF) from the Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society, on the economic impact of Brexit on women.
Together with the Media Trust, we’ve launched Stronger Voices – a two-year programme of free communications support for London’s equality organisations.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have published their business plan 2018/19 (PDF), in March 2018.
This plan outlines the priorities for their work in the coming year.
Current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, despite good intentions. And this is particularly true for low-income fathers, finds a March 2018 report from the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
The Social Mobility Commission has a vital role to play in “[putting] the Government’s feet to the fire” – but changes need to be made.
‘Too many people are being silenced by toxic workplace cultures’, says a March 2018 report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Turning the tables (PDF) looks at how sexual harassment is dealt with by employers, and uses the evidence from individuals who have experienced sexual harassment at work to recommend improvements.
The report finds:
Around a quarter of those reporting harassment said that the perpetrators were third parties such as customers or clients
Many individuals believed that senior colleagues, due to their position of influence within organisations, were not challenged by HR departments or other colleagues, with some describing these individuals as ‘untouchable’
Around half the respondents hadn’t reported their experience of harassment to anyone in the workplace
In around half of the cases where individuals did report the incident, respondents said that employers took no action as a result.
Read the full report (PDF).
Globally, the UK’s 30% ratio for women in the House of Commons puts it 49th in ranked list. This is according to the February 2018 briefing from the House of Commons Library on women in Parliament and Government.
Equality and Diversity Forum warmly invite you to our Everyday Equality conference : challenging discrimination in welfare benefits, on 10th May at NCVO, London.
We need to build the capacity of our leaders to promote and achieve integration outcomes. Do you agree?
This is from the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper (PDF), produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), in March 2018.
The Green Paper invites views through public consultation on the government’s proposals to realise our vision of a society where people of all backgrounds get on with each other.
The paper proposes:
Measures to support recent migrants so that they have the information they need to integrate into society and understand British values and their rights and responsibilities
Core integration measures for national and local government to focus on
Measures to ensure that all children and young people are prepared for life in modern Britain and have the opportunity for meaningful social mixing with those from different backgrounds.
MHCLG are keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across local government, in the faith, voluntary, community and business sectors, and the general public.
The consultation will end on 5th June 2018.
Access the Government website to find out more about the consultation.
Read the Green Paper (PDF).
The profiles of homeless people are changing, with children becoming the largest group of people in emergency shelters as a result of a deterioration in the living conditions of extremely vulnerable families.
This from the March 2018 annual report (PDF) from the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
This report reveals how millions of Europeans face housing exclusion on a daily basis as well as a dramatic picture of increasing homelessness across most of the EU – in particular amongst children, women and migrants.
The report finds:
In France, 20,845 people called the 115 homeless helpline requesting accommodation (in June 2017)
Dublin City Council spent € 39 million on hotel nights for homeless people in 2016, while € 10.7 million was spent on prevention and supported housing
In Britain, 29% of spending was on temporary accommodation and (44% of which was spent on hotels/Bed and Breakfast) and 61% on housing services (between 2015-2016)
Over the last number of years, only two European countries (Finland and Norway) have seen a reduction in the number of homeless people
Read the full report (PDF).