Rainbow Project report on workplace equality

Rainbow Project

In March 2011, the Rainbow Project published ‘Through Our Eyes – Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the Workplace.’

The report was commissioned by the Department for Social Development and presents quantitative data on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people of employment in Northern Ireland.

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Briefing on the gaps between GB and Northern Ireland equality law

Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

In January 2011, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published a briefing note on ‘The gaps between GB and NI equality law’.

The note highlights the gaps between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland equality law following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 last April.

The provisions of the Act, apart from a few minor exceptions, only apply to GB and do not change equality law in NI.

Click here for briefing note (pdf)

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Equality Commissions defend the Human Rights Act

On 30 March 2010, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) issued a joint statement in support of retaining and building upon the Human Rights Act 1998.

The statement was released to inform public debate ahead of the UK General Election of the risks inherent in proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a UK Bill of Rights.

A Single Equality Bill for Northern Ireland

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