The Equality and Diversity Forum held a series of seminars from autumn 2005 to spring 2006 to inform the two Equality Reviews announced in February 2005: the independent Equalities Review, chaired by Trevor Phillips, to carry out an investigation into the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society; the Discrimination Law Review led by the Women and Equality Unit in the Department of Trade and Industry to consider the opportunities for creating a clearer and more streamlined equality legislation framework.
The EDF organised the seminars with the Disability Rights Commission and JUSTICE and with the support of Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.
The Equality and Diversity Forum held a conference on 15 June 2005 to hear directly from the new Ministerial team about the Equality Bill and plans for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. The event was an opportunity for participants from a wide range of organisations to put forward comments and suggestions, and share information on the way ahead.
Conference note (Word)
Presentation by Angela Mason. Women and Equality Unit (PDF)
On 25 February 2005 an Equalities Review to investigate the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society was announced by Equality Minister Jacqui Smith and Minister for the Cabinet Office David Miliband.
At the same time it was announced that the Department of Trade and Industry will begin a Discrimination Law Review working in parallel to the Equalities Review, to assess how anti-discrimination legislation can be modernised to fit the needs of Britain in the 21st Century.
Click here for Equalities Review website
On 21 October 2004, the Equality and Diversity Forum and JUSTICE hosted a seminar on the Northern Ireland Single Equality Bill Consultation at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf, London.
The seminar was addressed by Evelyn Ellis, Professor of Law at Birmingham University and member of the Panel of Experts on the Consultation, and by Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission. It was attended by individuals from a range of organisations concerned with equality issues who discussed the Northern Ireland initiative and the extent to which it might be a helpful model for similar legislation in Britain. The response of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is available at www.equalityni.org
Note of meeting
In 2004, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF), along with many of its members, submitted a response to the White Paper on the Government’s proposal to establish a Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
EDF response (Word)
EDF response (PDF)