On 15 December 2010, the Government published its three years on progress report in response to the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism. The response provides a three-year update based on the five themes in the original inquiry report from September 2006. It covers antisemitic incidents, discourse, sources of contemporary antisemitism, antisemitism on campus and addressing antisemitism.
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Watch the Equality and Diversity Forum’s new video of edited highlights from a recent EDF event.
In December 2009, the Equality and Diversity Forum launched a short film containing highlights from the EDF conference on ‘Workplace equality: turning policy into practice’ held in November. The video also introduces the work of EDF and explains how to subscribe to EDF’s fortnightly e-Newsletter with information about new equality and human rights developments, policy and publications, as well as details of forthcoming events and job vacancies.
On 6 December 2010, the Fawcett Society was refused permission to challenge the legality of the government’s emergency budget. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled the application ‘unarguable – or academic’ and dismissed it. However, Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society stated that ‘While we are disappointed not to have been granted a judicial review of the budget, we are pleased the government has today heard that budgetary decisions are not above equality law – and that a court of law agreed with us that the government’s economic processes need to be looked at again’. In August, the Fawcett society lodged papers seeking a judicial review of the budget, after the Treasury failed to provide evidence that they had assessed whether budget proposals would increase or reduce inequality between women and men – as is required under equality law.
In October 2010, the Government announced the decision to close the Women’s National Commission (WNC) with effect from 31 December. The WNC is currently completing outstanding work commitments before closure. It is the intention that some of the functions of the WNC will be delivered centrally through the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and that there will changes in the way that the Government communicates with women in the future. The Government Equalities Office has said that it plans to consult with women to develop a new model of engagement to bring women closer to Ministers.
In a message to the Equality and Diversity Forum and all colleagues and supporters, the WNC said ‘we would like to thank you for your support to our organisation during our long, 41 year history. Through the direction of our 670 Partners (who represent the views of around 8 million women across the UK) we have pioneered raising awareness of, and taking action on, issues as diverse as ending violence against women, women in detention, asylum seeking women, Muslim women and providing women with a voice within international institutions such as the United Nations. We know we have made a difference. We wish you continued success with your own commitments to the equalities agenda and hope that our activities and achievements over the years will have added value to your own endeavours’.
Click here for the Women’s National Commission website. The site is no longer maintained but contains material about the Commission’s work.
The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) launched its strategy for 2011-2013 at a reception in Westminster with the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities and Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 7 December 2010.
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